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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

You Will Never Guess...


Followed the Y trail....

and Climbed the Y mountain...

That's right, it's your U father!

He saw this great view!

And yep!  He still loves the U! :)

You gotta love your Dad!!!!!

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Old Man and....

His Train!

Dad and I went to visit Granpa.  Grandpa was eager to show us his new train!  I took some photos .... here they are!

Grandpa discussing the mechanics of the train with Dad.
Grandpa flipping a switch.

GPops,.. "I could watch this train all day."

Flipping some more switches.

Now the train is going the other way!

Oh, yeah.  He loves this train.

Dad seems to enjoy it too!

Here comes the engine!

It's just perfect!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Goodness is Good

Why do people do what they do?

When I watch an individual take a stack of clothing and walk out of the store without paying, I wonder what makes that person think that shoplifting is a good idea?

When I hear of a pilot intentionally flying a plane full of passengers into the side of a mountain, I wonder what makes that pilot think that not only taking his own life, but the life of 150 strangers is a good idea?

When I hear small children using profanity, I wonder who thought it was a good idea to let these children not only hear this language, but not correct them when they use it?

When I hear of students using disrespectful language to their teachers, I wonder why that child thinks it is good to behave that way?

I wonder who many are listening to or looking to for a benchmark of what is correct and good.

I've thought about this a lot lately.

I believe that most people believe that they are behaving rationally from their point of view and that their choices are reasonable. I see Satan's influence in society in great abound, and the craftiness he is using to make sinful behavior seem rational and good. It's scary how reasonable he sounds - but he is not.

So, who are you listening to?  "It seems to me that the only safe standard to guide our choice to be good is God. Those who can speak for him, under authority, are holding up the true standard of goodness." (Henry B. Eyring - 'Choose to Be Good')

Tonight, the women in our family have the opportunity to hear God's counsel in the General Women's Broadcast.  This opportunity continues next weekend as we listen to General Conference.  I pray that each of you will take the opportunity to watch, read, review - LISTEN to the words that will be spoken. Look for standards of goodness. Ask yourselves if you are keeping with God's standards. If you are, commit to keeping on God's path.  If you sense you are a little short in some area, commit to do better! :)

Come with questions in your mind and in your hearts.  God knows you and will give you answers if you but ask and listen.

Know who you listen to for guidance on this earth.  Know why you make the choices you do.  Strive to live as our Savior lived.

I love you.  ALL of you are special and meaningful to me.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015


This Place

Wants this guy

for this Summer!!!!!


Monday, March 23, 2015

Two things I learned from Stake Conference:

1.  Service is the Key to Happiness

2.  Regular and Frequent Temple Attendance brings blessings that are essential to your family.

Go and do.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

True Religion is ....


You were probably expecting me to say something else.  After all James tells us that 'pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction and to keep himself unspotted from the word' (James 1:27) 

He doesn't say pure religion or true religion is ... Jeff.

Let me tell you about Jeff and why I feel this way about him.

Jeff is our neighbor.  He is a member of our ward. He is 52 years old and married to Julie who is 48.  They have 4 beautiful children.  A daughter (18/19) she is at school so I don't know her name.  Another daughter, Alexa (16/17), a son Landon (14/15) and another son Keaton (9/10).  A dog named Lady and a love of Christ's Atonement.

Jeff also has Lou Gehrig's disease ... and are you familiar with Benjamin Button?  Yeah, he's got that too.

Jeff is unable to work. He needs help getting dressed and needs help feeding himself.  He is unable to speak other than in simple phrases that sometimes don't connect his thought properly.  Yet every week in Sunday School he raises his hand to participate.  Inevitably he says, 'That thing Christ did, the Atonement.  That was pretty great.'

When you talk with him one on one.  He seems fixated with what could be considered gossip, but in Jeff's case, I don't think it is.  "Sally left John, she left the church, WHY?" "That's crazy." I never really know who he is talking about ... sometimes it's a relative or sometimes it's a friend of his.  The point is, what he focuses on says a lot about who he is.  He loves the atonement, he loves the Savior, he can't fathom anyone breaking their covenants or wanting to leave the church.  Why would anyone do that? Why would anyone throw something so valuable away?

Jeff is losing his ability to use his muscle's properly.  He can't lift his arms.  Soon he won't be able to walk.  He has trouble swallowing and has lost 17 pounds in the last four months.  Priesthood members have been asked to come to his house and have lunch with him.  Dad had that opportunity yesterday.  He went to Jeff's home, put him in the car and took Jeff to his favorite place to eat.  Arctic Circle.  Dad carefully cut Jeff's hamburger up to bite size pieces and fed Jeff his lunch.  They then went to get the car washed and just spent time together and visited.

Dad came home uplifted ... a better person. 

When I see Jeff's oldest son help his father stand up from the pew in Sacrament Meeting, put his arm around his father's shoulders and walk Jeff to Sunday School, I am touched by the simple act of service this young boy instinctively offers.

President Howard W. Hunter taught:

James tells us that true religion is a devotion to God, demonstrated by love and compassion for fellow men, coupled with unworldliness. Such a statement seems too simple to be sufficient, but in simplicity it speaks an important truth. Restated it may be said that true religion consists not only in refraining from evil (that is, remaining unspotted), but in deliberately and purposefully doing acts of kindness and service to others.

Jeff offers those in our neighborhood/ward (yeah, they are one and the same) the opportunity to be of service and to offer acts of kindness.  He allows us to experience true religion.  It is wonderful.  He is a blessing to us.

It's not always easy to be of service, it is never convenient, but if you will strive to look for ways to offer up simple acts of kindness, make service a part of your lives, you will feel yourself become more like the Savior.  You will be happier than you are now.  You will be blessed.

I love you.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

February 16, 1984 - David marries Kristy in the Salt Lake City temple

Moffat matters.
It's family and family is central to the plan of salvation.
We are spread out in different states and time zones making it difficult to all be together and talk and enjoy each other the way we love to.
And we do enjoy being together.
 Therefore, it seems only fitting to begin this blog with a look at a few of the places and events that touched my heart as each child was welcomed into our home.
Including those of you who have joined our family in more recent years.
 Being a mother is the greatest calling I have and I have loved every minute of having my children around me.
   I am now in a different stage of life where my children no longer hug my knees and want me to read them stories.
  Fortunately being a parent does not end when one's children grow up and leave the home.
  We know that 'worthy husbands and wives who have been properly sealed in marriage in a temple of God may fulfill their role as parents throughout eternity.'
I look at my own aged mother.
  She turns 90 this year.
  I am so grateful to still have her around.
  I still turn to her for advice and listen and ponder on her counsel.
She is truly a blessing to me.
  I miss my dear father with all my heart.
  I wish I could sit and talk with him.
I would like to hear his deep 'radio' voice testify of gospel truths.
  Likewise, I miss my mother-in-law, Janice.
  She was caring and loved me and raised a fine son.
  It's wonderful to sit with my 95 year-old father-in-law, Ralph and hear him bear his testimony of the Savior.
Truly the things of eternity are what matter most to me.
And that includes each of you.
I am sure I will use this platform as a way to share my thoughts and testimony with you, my family.
I am sure I will also use it to share my goofy sense of humor.
I am not perfect, I know that, (you can pretend like you don't).
But, I am striving and...
I love each of you with all of my heart.

And now....

The photographic tour of Massachusetts and beyond!

 Our first apartment in Norwood, MA is right behind that snow bank!
Medfield, MA - our next home.  Camille joined our family here :)
The "Wash, Wash" - Parker did not tolerate smoking in
 this establishment :)
Buried deep in the soil of this pond is one of Parker's toys.  A
 traumatic  event soothed only by the appearance of  goslings
 in the Spring.
Samuel joined our family at the cute little house behind these
cars in Millis, Ma :)
Norfolk, MA is where we lived when Paige joined our
wonderful family! :)
Norwood Hospital is the first hospital Paige visited
 before coming home to Village Green.

When Dad fainted face first into a coat rack at Foxboro Ward, he
double-fractured his jaw. We were blessed to witness a miracle
as he mended completely in record time.  
This is the font in which both Parker and Camille were baptized,
Foxboro, MA  Two fantastic days..

August 26, 2011 - Carolyn marries Parker in the Salt Lake Temple.
 A beautiful addition to our family! :)

August 23, 2013 - Kristie marries Samuel in the Mt. Timpanogos
Temple.  Another beautiful addition to the Moffat clan! :)

August 16, 2014 - Jacob marries Paige in the Jordan River Temple.
 A tall and handsome addition to team Moffat! :)