A Little History:
Our story begins in Pocatello, Idaho, circa 1972, when the lovely Debby Christensen agreed to a first, though fateful date with admirer, David Croshaw. Long story-short, he bade her follow him, and they went arm-in-arm to the Logan, Utah temple for establishment of an eternal family unit, Generation 1, on May 23 1973.

From their first blissful summer in Salt Lake City, educational pursuits took them to Provo/Orem, Utah, birthplace of Leslie and Rebecca, and to San Francisco/Oakland California, birthplace of Colin and Matt. Then, for establishment of livelihood, expansion of the tribe with Abby and Dana, and for raising/unifying of Generation 2, it was back to the roots in Pocatello for a rewarding sojourn.

In time, driven by a raging, but commonly shared sense of adventure and independence, one-by-one, Generation 2 escaped the homeland to distant regions of the country and the world, each ultimately developing their own tribal expansions by pairing with worthy mates and initiating Generation 3.

Now sensing fulfillment of their purpose in Pocatello, Generation 1 has also left those roots and transplanted to Cascade Idaho, from which base, they anticipate more abundant contact with The Posterity, Generations 2 and 3, in the future. That contact however, awaits fulfillment of a call to LDS missionary service in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, wherein they hope to help the state of the world by sharing the love of Jesus Christ.

So now, including Generation 0 (Grandma and Grandpa Christensen) home base includes Yuma, Arizona, Pocatello, Idaho, Cascade, Idaho, Vancouver, BC, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Spokane, Washington, Boise, Idaho, Los Angeles, California, back to Boise, Idaho, and on and on (Generation 3+) to infinity.

Our Mission Statement:
This is the blog of our eternal family unit. Initiated years ago, it served well as a journal, but even more so, as an archive of our personal interaction. It was a gathering place, a confabulation instrument, a unifying force for four generations of widely dispersed and progressively prolific posterity, and their valued associates. Though it served these purposes well for many years, it eventually took a back seat to new-kids-on-the-block, Facebook, and Instagram, and was sadly forgotten.

We now move to resurrect this blog with an added functional purpose of archiving the missionary experiences of Generation 1, of their movements and activities as they participate with The Gathering of Israel in the land northward. In so doing, we hope that via their own comments and posts, this blog will again serve to gather and unify the posterity and their friends.

As in the past, that the young and vibrant may know the old and tired, that enduring bonds may be fostered and maintained, that experience and encouragement may be openly shared, that posterity may embrace truth, and that hearts may be knit together, we must resist detachment despite our geographic divergence. We shall do so here.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Family Blog Evening

Abby is probably the only one of you that saw the CES broadcast last week ( Sunday, March 1) - Elder Robert D. Hales. It was very good. He is so wise and inspired. Because our university stake callings involve an institute stewardship, Mom and I attended the fireside Sunday evening, even though we had barely gotten into town from our redeye flight from Hawaii. You know I can't sleep on airplanes, so I attended the fireside with little-to-no sleep in more than 24 hours. Yet I found the Elder Hales' remarks sufficiently worthwhile to stay awake for the whole thing. I couldn't help but think of all of you and your families as I watched and listened to his delivery of vital information for couples and families in these trying times.

So, I've decided to make that talk the topic for this week's FBE. Click the link to lds.org, and follow the directions to download either audio or video versions. It is probably 45ish minutes long. What I would suggest is that if possible, you watch it or listen with your spouse (Abby, with your traveling friend,) so you can discuss it's relativity to your family, and then share your impressions with the rest of us here. I know finding that much time this week to dedicate together to this project may be difficult, but it is very good and will be well worth your time. Maybe you could do it for the real FHE. Hope to hear from you.


Matthew said...

After three attempts, Crystal and I finally listened to the whole talk Elder Hales gave. I never considered the story of Lehonti and Amalackiah as applicable to gospel principles.

It was a good talk and reminded me of a part in the movie (big surprise) Gettysburg. All I remember is that there was a Union officer in command of the cavalry who was very upset when he arrived at Gettysburg and found out that the Confederate soldiers got to the high ground first. It makes sense why he would feel upset since the soldiers with the high ground would have more of an advantage.

Perhaps this is why Elder Hales used this as an analogy to describe the moral battle waged with the adversary.

At the end of the talk I felt uplifted and inspired both by his words and his conviction. I hope this will help me to try to be a better person.

Crystal said...

I loved the talk- from beginning to end. I loved that it spanned so many life situations, decisions, outcomes... but they all go down to choosing to keep yourself on "higher ground." It was wonderful and I feel compelled to make myself a better person continually. I loved that he made mention that a person's decision to stray "a little" leads to bigger falters and that all of those affect so many more people then the person making a poor choice.

We loved it (though it did take much time to be able to finish it).