I was thinking about my Mom and Dad, and wanted to tell all of you a few things. First of all, a couple of weeks ago Grandma and Grandpa really wanted to go to the temple. They had not been able to go most of the summer because Grandpa was in the hospital and rehab. Both Gerald and I talked to them about possibly going with us, but they just really wanted to go, and so, one afternoon they went to the Idaho Falls Temple. They each had a walker that they had to get out of the car, and the ramp up to the temple is not a short distance. They got up the ramp, also carrying Grandpa's cane for inside the temple. They both got ready, and did a session. When it was over they took both of their walkers back to the car, put them in the trunk and went home. That is the kind of people they are. Was it easy? convenient? comfortable? None of the above. But they were compelled because of their faith to go to the temple and show Heavenly Father and us that that is where their hearts are. That is what they want to be doing in the sunset hours of their lives.
Then, this week, they had some plumbing problems. This was the third time the plumber came this month, in fact. Kind of expensive, but doable. Mom was telling me about it, and then she said, "I am not expecting a Golden Ticket". Does that sound familiar to any of you? It should. To know what she was talking about, you need to listen to the Relief Society broadcast, Pres. Uchtdorf's talk in particular. I love her so much for that. She couldn't go with me to the broadcast that night, but she sat in her TV room and watched the broadcast all the way through. Not only did she watch it, she is applying it in her life. She is 82 years old, and she is still trying to be faithful and obedient.
Not many people in this life have a Grandma and Mother like that.
Every fast Sunday, Grandpa bears his testimony, either on his own, or with a walker or cane. He is 84 years old. They still go to church every Sunday. They still read their scriptures and have family prayer, and pray for EVERY ONE of us. I have knelt a few times with them and heard their prayers. It is a sweet experience. They have lots of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and they pray for each of us individually. I hope all of you can have the experience of hearing them pray once before they go to their eternal reward. We are so blessed to have them in our lives, and can still learn so much for their example.
I love both of them so much.