Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints is a blessing and a hindrance to knowledge. Growing up I take so many things for granted and don't stop to question why. Of course some of the truths I know were acquired through others searching and teaching and some through actual searching of my own.
Tonight, sick and thoughtful in the dark, I gained some insight when Jeffrey gave me a blessing of healing. As he put the drop of Extra virgin olive oil on my head and gave me a blessing, he said, ".... this is a representation of the atonement of Jesus Christ.....". As my mind wandered around looking for the meaning behind the symbolism, the words of a hymn stuck in my mind. "He shed a thousand drops for you, a thousand drops of precious blood..." Olive oil in blessings is used because of the symbol of great agony in the redemptive process. In order to get the purest oil, olives are pressed with a great weight or stone to crush them and the oil comes out the bottom of the press and is extracted. The weight of sins of the world pressed down on Christ as he shed blood from every pour. When the men with the priesthood authority of God use the olive oil that has been consecrated for that use, they are calling on the power of the physical (and sometimes spiritual) redemptive blood that Christ shed for us, just a drop of his power to heal in this instance. Awesome.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Half way through the 2013 year and already the men in the Adams family have all had life changing events in their lives.Michael started it all out in March by leaving to the Texas Houston South Mission in March.
|Elder Adams with the President and his wife|
Then his brother Andrew graduated from BYU. He called to tell us early on that he wasn't walking for his diploma and I said well...ok. Then a week later he tells us that he is walking because the lady he taught on his mission wanted to watch him graduate and then come to the Temple with her the next day. I rushed over to Utah to watch him walk across the stage and receive his Bachelor's degree. Katherine and I had a great time that day. Then what joy came in going with Katherine to the Provo Temple. The two Elders who were instrumental in her joining the church, Andrew who tracted her at her door and then the following Elder (sorry I've forgotten his name) who baptized her both came to be with her that day. The other Elder has a wife and two children. His wife and I did the work for his grandmothers and the men did the work for her Grandfathers. So they all received their endowments from the Lord the same day!
|Katherine and the new graduate|
|Elder...(I'll find his name), Katherine, and Andrew|
In May it was Jeffrey their dad's turn. Jeffrey called his mom and said, "Remember when I asked you to come for a weekend and was made a Bishop? Could you come again?" When Rebekah, Rachel, my mother-in-law and I went the Stake Priesthood meeting we all heard the congregation sustain him as the Patriarch of the Stake. Life changing is how this works.
|I, Beverly, Jeffrey, Rachel, and Rebekah|
Ah, in June Nate and Kelsi changed their lives forever by having Jayson Ammon Adams born to them. He is a really precious bundle of love and joy. Jeffrey, Rachel and I flew out to be with them the first of July, Andrew came up from Richmond, Virginia and the Bettridges came from Alaska to all be there for his baby blessing.
|Bottom row: Sarah (Kelsi's sister-in-law) with her 3 children Libby, Aimae, Alma and Danna Kelsi's sister|
on the back row: Jeffrey, I, Rachel, Andrew, Kelsi, Jayson, Nate, Dani, and Keith
all on the steps to their apartment
|New family- Kelsi, Jayson, and Nate|
The year is half over, what will the next half bring...................?
|Nona with Jayson Ammon Adams|
Friday, June 21, 2013
|Matthew and Debbie are planning to wed on August 24th in the Oakland Temple, reception will be in Danville|
|They will have a celebration in Provo on August 10th for all the friends and relatives in Utah|
Life is good.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Today my heart is overflowing with gratitude, love, and thankfulness.... An eternal spirit was given a body so my son and his wife could have a new baby born today. His name is Jayson Ammon Adams and he weighed in at 7 pounds 13 ounces and has a tiny cap of hair. I can officially be the Nona and life is really sweet right now.
Friday, June 7, 2013
|We had a wonderful time together at Christmas|
No discord, arguments, or whinning I guess they are all grown up and what a treat it is!
|Mayan Sunrise - No end of the world - just a gorgeous message in the sky!|
|Now we are just waiting for Kelsi and Nate to call about the newest addition|