• Faith is always a gift of God to man, which is obtained by obedience, as all other blessings are. (Joseph F. Smith Gospel Doctrine, p. 212) ... Faith does not come without works; faith does not come without obedience to the commandments of God. (Conference Report, October 1903, p. 4)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Casey has a birthday this week -
a celebration of her arrival into life.

Casey we hope you know how much we love you and appreciate the blessing you are to our son and grandchildren as well as all the many things you do for him and with him.

Happy Birthday.

When I was a teen someone asked me how many children I wanted.  I thought carefully and decided 12 or more would be a good number.  Having a lot of children was not a popular idea. I think I mostly wanted to appall the person that asked but then I decided that I really wouldn't mind having a lot of children.

I had to settle for fewer.

As my 6 children find spouses and ask them to become part of our family I think of them with the love I view my sons and daughters with. This week I realized that when my youngest son marries our family will, in my heart at least,  have a dozen sons and daughters - 6 of each.

My hopes and dreams are finally coming true. Thanks for being willing to be a part of that - a unique and special part of our family.

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