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.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Things I learned in Church

I have learned several things in church the last week or so and wanted to share them with you. The first are strictly secular, learned at a 'relief society meeting'. Just a few:
Peppermint can curb your appetite, and will help an upset stomach.

Put a sour sponge in the microwave for 30 seconds (learned the same thing that Dad read somewhere)
Make sure you know what is in the punch at a reception.
To remove burned on food, soak the saucepan with water and some fabric softener. (heard but not tried)
Mascara goes on better when it is warm. I think this applies to personal interactions as well, the warm part.
Use old fabric/dresses from DI, Goodwill for quilts, or use the buttons for other projects.
If you really like some fad shoes, get some knockoffs inexpensively at Walmart.
Use wadded up newspaper for mirror streaks. (heard but not tried)
Keep a phone book in the car.
Find good resource people/experts to ask questions.

Some sacred things:
To bear true testimony say: I know, I testify, I witness.
The scriptures are the primary 'manuals' in all church lessons.
In 1 Nephi 11, talking about tree of light, Spirit asks Nephi , "Behold, what desirest thou?" The Lord wants to know the desires of our hearts. We need to tell him what they are, and to seek them (righteous desires, of course). Maybe part of this is personally defining what the desires of our hearts are. He is anxious to give us the desires of our hearts. This also relates to the brother of Jared going to the Lord, seeking light in the barges. (Ether).
Don't forget to pray.

What are some things you have learned in church?


abbynormal said...

I can vouch for the newspaper and mirror streaks, and the "I know" usage.

David and I went to church today in Playa del Carmen, and I understood almost all of what was going on. It was a really solid ward, I enjoyed being there. My favorite takeaway today was the importance of familiarizing yourself with the scriptures: when you're talking to others about the Gospel, how can the Spirit help you to give the right answers to their questions if you haven't put in the time to really learn and understand them?

David and Debby said...

We had a meeting with our area Seventy (former mission president) today, and he said that the Holy Ghost's job is to confirm truth. So when you bear your testimony to someone else, and say "I know," "I testify, or "I witness" to the truth you are addressing, He (HG) will confirm that truth to the heart of the recipient.

Crystal said...

I have not been to church in two weeks, but I did ask my home teacher to help Matt give me a blessing today. He did not have to work until 2:30 (and was missing church because of work), but he showed up in a shirt and tie. He honors his priesthood and made an effort to do his part this morning to give me a blessing. I testify that there is amazing power in the priesthood and that it is the power on this earth to act in the name of God.

As for fabric softener and pans- it absolutely works!