Your father and I had the opportunity to attend, "An Evening with a General Authority," who was Elder B. Foster. His whole purpose was to instruct in matters relating to the ward council.
It was a most interesting and inspiring evening, indeed. One of my favorite comments was when he said Bishops, when issuing callings, say first, "This call includes responsibilities as a member of the ward council." I thought of you and your companion's "Missionary Counsel" you experience on a daily basis. Abraham 4:26, "And the Gods took counsel among themselves." The question begs to ask, "Why would God need counsel?" When we counsel together, we're counseling with and for children of God, who will one day inherit (Romans 8:16-17). We earn our inheritance by working in ward councils. Those are some of his thoughts I wanted to share with you.
Last week and the beginning of week Texas had a lot of rain. So much so in Houston that all schools were closed because of the 17+" that fell in 24 hours. The national news even reported one man using his monster truck to help rescue his neighbor affected by the flood. The true Texas way. The water went almost up to the doors of the Houston temple, but has since receded, and the wedding scheduled for your cousin Derek and Shannon will go on as planned.
Of main concern to us this week are your arrangements for your Mother's Day phone call. Can we say, hallelujah! Please give us a time of when you'll be in contact, and how you'll be contacting us. We're so excited to see your face in a real time kind of way. We'll probably have Tanner help us figure out how to do a three-way, as he'll want to be included.
Porter heard from BYU this week...he got the same scholarship as you: full tuition. Yeah! We also discovered we had missed his housing date, by about a month, and spent some time on the computer late one night reading over housing options and meal plans. He'll be living in Helaman Halls,and eating at the Canon Center.
I went with him to his basketball banquet, held at Pecan Plantation country club. It was a nice dinner and ceremony. Porter was awarded All State Academic, first team, in March, and was recognized again. The coach mentioned that Porter was going to BYU, and didn't think he had ever heard of a Granbury graduate attending BYU, and was very impressed. Afterwards, he learned Porter was my third to go to BYU. I love jaw dropping moments. He also thought I had four boys. It was delicious correcting him with a six. Plus one more. I told him I hoped he hung in there long enough to coach my last two boys. They've finally learned how to say the name.
The activities specific to seniors have begun, namely the senior class picture they have the option of buying for $40. Our friend up the street, in a neighborly sort of way, zoomed in on a copy, and found Porter in the picture: orange peel et al. So classic Porter.
Spring weather always brings lots of green grass, even in Texas with all our rain. The back acre is loaded with wildflowers thus, we are given a free pass due to "Wildlife Management" exclusion clause on the homeowner's binder. The bluebonnets have been marvelous, and are now just disappearing. The red Indian paintbrush flowers are still in full force, and were more proliferous than last year.
(Dad's favorite picture this year.)
This week AnneMarie graduates from UVU, hip hip hooray! What a great day. We'll expect lots of pictures for your perusal next week. This weekend Kristine and Roger both graduated from BYU. Aunt Jenny and Uncle Roger had flown out with them. Uncle Ben and Aunt Joy have been busy playing Utah hosts. Congratulations to them both. Graduating is a big deal.
I spent far too long on the phone with Tanner and AnneMarie tonight. So I'll close quickly. I wanted to leave you with one more thought. In Helaman 10:4-5, it says, " Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people. And thou hast not feared them, and hast not sought thine own life, but hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments. And now, because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will."
Heavenly Father trusted Nephi with power because He had been watching Nephi, and knew what kind of person he truly was. You too have been unwearying in your efforts, especially with your companions. He knows you, and you will be blessed.
I truly love you.