15 March 2015
The original reason we went to Bathurst was to speak in Sacrament Meeting. Elder Hill is in the Branch Presidency and had asked us both to come speak many weeks ago. I told him I would rather play my violin. As it turned out, I did both. The Elders and one Sister sang and I played “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” I also ended up teaching the Relief Society Lesson since the teacher got sick! I found out the night before and quickly read through Ezra Taft Benson’s quotes about the Savior and chose some suggested questions. We had a really good discussion about how much the Savior loves each one of us. Maybe less preparation is sometimes better. Here are some favorite quotes from the lesson:
[Our Savior, Jesus Christ] was able to accomplish His mission because He was the Son of God and He possessed the power of God. He was willing to accomplish His mission because He loves us. He became our Redeemer—redeeming all of us from physical death, and redeeming those of us from spiritual death who will obey the laws and ordinances of the gospel.
We may never understand nor comprehend in mortality how He accomplished what He did, but we must not fail to understand why He did what He did. Everything He did was prompted by His unselfish, infinite love for us.
After church, there was a delicious potluck lunch, so we were able to meet many branch members. Elder Kinghorn discovered a connection with our Daughter in law’s Dad Dwayne:
Here is a picture of him with Brian. His wife is Dwayne’s first cousin. (She wasn’t at church with him on Sunday.) He is the first counselor in the Bathurst branch presidency. He showed me a picture of a new granddaughter who has the same name as our daughter in law’s middle name, Medenea. (I know that’s not the right spelling, sorry). We also talked about her grandparents.
Here are the Hills in their beautiful backyard. We took home a big bag of garden tomatoes!
See these hanging vines on the trees? It is really bark falling off the trunk.