Wednesday, December 29, 2010

So now I'm finding out more about my Great Grandfather, Jose Maria Perez. He was 56 years old when he married Maria Sabina Contreras who was 30. They were both married before but their spouses had died. He was widowed 7 months and she for 9 years. I even got their spouses names and will be able to do their work at the Temple soon, but first I must make sure it hasn't been done already.

I'm so glad I made copies of all the records I've found cause I get to go over them again and find more inormation. In fact I think I have some things wrong and so back to the Library I have to go and do more research so I can fix everything. I have one of my Great Great Grandfather down with 15 children, and I think something is wrong. The thing is that so many of these people have the same name and then I find different spouses for them so I have to look again.

These are the joys of doing Genealogy, search, search, search. But when you get it right, oh what joy. I just hope someone is up there helping me. If so, I think it's Linda, cause she was just getting interested in doing her Family History before she died. We had planned to come to Salt Lake and do some reseach in April and she passed away in February.

Well, the family is growing and it makes me feel good to see that we're finally getting some girls coming down. I''m getting the itch to sew again, we'll see how successful I am. I've got patterns already and now to organize the time.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

At Last

Well at last I got my internet working again. I can't believe I was without it for so long, it's almost like not having a phone.

So yesterday I had a Bronchscope done at the hospital and if I get it right Dr. Farrukh said he took a biopsy of my lung to try to find out why I cough so much. Also , he said he wants me to have a sleep study done for Sleep Apnea. I hope I can get that done soon. Well things are happening, right? I guess I can't be without doctor visits anymore, I think I've been to the doctor for one thing or another more in the last three months than I had before in the past 5 years.

I figure, if I want to continue serving the Lord the best I can, then I have to take care of myself and do what the doctors say now. I sure don't like going to the doctor but what the heck, if they can get me to keep going as I have in the past, then why not.

I appreciate Regina being there for me when it comes to my health and I need her advise and encouragement, thanks Regina for taking time out from your busy life to be there for me.

It's pretty quiet here in this house, but I keep busy putting things away from the move from downstairs and I still have more to bring up, but it's looking pretty good down there and should be ready for painting soon.

had a great time at Lisa's for Thanksgiving and look forward to going to Theresa's for Christmas and the time I can spend with my family. I wish the boys can be here, it would make it complete. Gee, I love my kids.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


I guess it's been awhile since I've posted anything, so let me catch up. Lisa, I started writing in the journal book you gave me. It might take some time for me to think of how to answer the questions you wrote. Okay so that's one thing I've done. Now to talk about what's going on here at home. Vivian will be going into an assisted living apartment next month and I'm staying here to watch over the house until Scott can get it ready to sell, so I guess I'll be here for a few more months. I'm so glad I'm doing better on my coughing, so that I'm able to control it during the times I'm at the Temple and FHL. The doctor is still concerned about the saturations levels in my blood so that will have to be taken care of, but I don't know how yet. I know the Lord is aware and that knowledge calms my heart. I just love the service I can give to the Lord right now. My kids are a big help with encouraging me in my life and I need it. Thanks.

I found my good friend Don Taylor on facebook and he just hasn't changed with his great humor. He's such a fun person and I love hearing from him. Love you Don!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

I just love the experiences I have working at the Temple. Yesterday all the newly appointed Temple Presidents did at session at the Salt Lake Temple and I was able to be there when they all came down from the session. Couples from all over the world were there and I met one sister who will be serving with her husband in one of the Temples in Mexico, what a thrill for me. Elder Scott was there as well.

Tuesday when I was at the Library, a couple came in that were visiting from Mexico, and wanted to find out what we had on the lady's grandparents in Mexico. They were not members of the church and after getting to know her a little she told me her grandparents were members but not her mother and she said she had a nephew who was a member and had served a mission and was an active member. Oh, how the Lord works in mysterious ways. I told her there was a way she could even find her great grandparents through the Library Catalog and then Elder Moon came and showed us how to get some info online. That was facinating and the lady was astonished that we had so much to help her. We told her that she could also do some of the research at home on her own computer and showed them how to get on. Her husband was very interested. Then before leaving she asked if they could take a picture of us with them there at the Library so she could send to her nephew. We took the picture and I thought, isn't this the beginning of something great. I just love this work.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

So Proud

I just read the comments that my girls wrote about me. Today is my 75th birthday and I spent the day working at the Temple in Salt Lake and isn't that the best place to be on this day??

Tonight I received calls from my children to wish me a great day and then I got so many emails from family and friends as well. Then before retiring I looked at the blogs that my girls have and they mentioned my birthday and wrote so many neat things and so to me I'm just so proud to be their mom, and a mom to just about the best kids in the world.

Someday when I leave this world, I will leave with all the memories my children have given me that have enriched my earthly life. That may sound kind of spooky to some, speaking of leaving this world, but it isn't to me. That's cause we have the gospel of Jesus Christ as the center of our lives which gives us the true meaning of why we're here and where we go after this life.

I'm just so grateful for the opportunities to serve my Savior in the things I center my life with these days. I just love working at the Temple and the Family History Library each two days a week. This is a great life and I'm so excited to be here and have the experiences I enjoy.

Thank you, Lisa, Regina and Theresa for the tribute you've given me, and all I can say is, " Is that really me????"

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Well, I made it

So this last week I finally finished the six week crash course at the Family History Library (Learning to Read Spanish Records). I must admit it was a bit difficult, but I took the course online and it took be about seven weeks to complete but i did and i got my certificate for turning in all the homework. I feel like I really accomplished something. This is so great at the Library and I'm learning alot. Everyone there is so encouraging and wonderful. I'm taking other classes as well. I have three levels of certification to complete before my time is up at the Library and I'm working hard to do it. It means going to the Library on my off days and going to classes. I really want to be able to help others who are doing research and so I'm learning as much as I can.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

WOW! they're finally coming

I am sooooo excited, my Lisa and the family are coming to Utah. This sure is an answer to so many ofmy prayers. It's going to be good having them closer than Sacramento and I'm sure Mike's family here are just as excited to have them close again.

Monday, July 5, 2010

It's the pitts

So now the Salt Lake Temple is closed for two weeks and it's the pitts. I really miss going there. So I'm looking forward to going to the Library this week and hopefully I'm close to getting my first level certification completed.

I'm trying to decide what language I want to learn to read for my third level of certification cause the second level should go by fast. I'm thinking maybe French or German is what I'll try. The thing is that I'm not good at focusing on one certain thing till it's done, so the course I'm taking now ( Learning to read Spanish) is really tough for me, but I want to do it no matter how long it takes. I just need to know I can do it if I push myself. With everything I'm learning, I'll be able to teach others once my Mission is over, and that's my goal.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Beautiful Temple

I'm now working at the Salt Lake Temple and it's so beautiful. I had a tour of it last Tuesday and was able to see so much of what others do not get to see. I feel so privileged to be able to work there and everyone is so friendly and helpful. Some things are the same as the Oquirrh Moutain Temple and there are some things different. I just love it. I work only one day but I'm thinking of adding another day.

Last night I went to see Jim and Regina in their play, Annie, and it was so nice to see so much talent especially the pretty voices everyone had. I really enjoyed the performance. I know how much work there is in preparing for this type of thing.

I got an email from Sandi Faria and she said that her and Larry are putting their papers in next year for a Mission and that they want to serve at the Family History Library. She really sounds good and happy. Her boys are married and she has a daughter who's married and they all live pretty close to her. It feels so good to hear from loved friends after all these years and know that they are still strong in the gospel.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Great Experience

I just move into this Ward and I introduce myself to the Bishop and the next thing I know, I've been assigned to give a talk. So today I gave a talk. The topic surprised me when asked, and it's the first time I've ever been asked to share my conversion story with the congregation, but it's given me the opportunity to reflect on the events that lead to my conversion.

Of course I prayed alot that I could deliver my talk with a calm heart, and my prayer was answered. Now of course I know my story by heart but I had to write some of it out so I wouldn't forget some details. It was a great experience for me.

My Ward is made up mostly seniors and young families. I'm so glad there are so many members my age and see things the way I do. I guess we have all gone through similar experiences which give us some wisdom and a better understanding of things. I love my Bishop already, he looks like a General Authority and he has a wonderful sense of humor. I think I'm gonna like my Ward, everyone is so friendly and kind.

I'm looking forward to this Tuesday, Theresa and I are going to the Bishop's Storehouse and do some service there, I think it'll be fun.

Great Experience

Monday, May 24, 2010

New Beginnings

So here I am starting a BLOG like my girls have suggested I do. Every now and then I might write something I've thought about or might be doing that interests me and we'll see how it comes out.

For today, I'm just trying to get this thing going, butIi have to go get my allergy shot now so I'll come back.

New Beginnings

So, this is surely a new beginnings for me. My Lisa and Theresa have been after me to start this thing called a BLOG. I was thinking I don't have all these kids to write about and my girls do enough of that anyway. So maybe I can just jot downv now and again some of the things I'm doing to keep me busy in my life. Of course I'm not a busy as my girls but then I don't move about as quickly as they do.

The one thing I've been thinking about lately is how Theresa and her busy life and she still has time for me. I really appreciate her efforts to keep our relationship going strong. She includes me in alot of things, and I'm happy to be there with her.

Lisa is another one who I am so grateful to have her as a daughter. We sora think alike and she's so easy to talk to. She doesn't critizise everything i say, cause sometimes things I say don't come out right and she has that knowing thing that she doesn't come down on me. We're buds