i know les and alex had stake conference today, too. don't know about the rest of you. (alex, hope the plumbing problem got worked out). anyway, a member of our stake presidency was talking about his patriarchal blessing, given by Hallie Thomas (Les, Colin, Matt, Abby, Dana, you know him). he said there is one line in his blessing that changed his life. Bro. Thomas said, "100% obedience means 100% blessings." wow. i don't know if i have considered that before. i certainly want those 100% blessings, but how willing am i to be obedient, to keep doing all i know i need to be doing, to always be loving and kind, to not only do, but especially to 'think' what i should be thinking? Elder Bednar talked about trying to always have the presence of the Spirit. He said "everything the Savior’s gospel teaches us to do and become is intended to bless us with the companionship of the Holy Ghost." hadn't thought of that either, but after he said it i knew it was true. if we can just remember and do that, we will come closer to 100% happiness and to receiving those 100% blessings.
i want to be with all of you, 'in a state of neverending happiness'. (Mosiah 2:41)
dana had her primary program today. i hope that went well, dana. boise state is #2. go broncos! jason had his birthday yesterday. part of his present was a quiet house to watch football in for a while. abby and david went camping and enjoyed that gloriously beautiful fall in the east. matt, crystal, valerie and asher had a fun fall day on a farm, with some great photos, including lots of asher running. colin had a three day weekend--meaning no work for 3 days!!! yeah. ray is on ibuprofen and feeling a little better. got a big cock roach job in montana. it turned cold here in idaho a few days ago. we have had a spectacular fall. the most beautiful, warm fall days. just a little bit of family news. i love all of you.
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.