President Vest and Me

I think most of you know that our mission president, President Randy J. Vest, is a friend of Grandpa’s. He’s finishing up his mission on 30 June 2017, and I had a meeting with him tonight. So I thought it would be great to get my picture taken with him. We have loved him and his wife dearly and have thoroughly enjoyed serving with them.

Mission President Randy J. Vest and me

Storm Damage Not Too Bad

Last week we had a serious wind storm come through one night. There was a fair amount of rain, but it was mostly wind. I think it was either Wednesday or Thursday night. I woke up the next day to discover that we suffered relatively little damage: only one tree had only one major branch come down. It’s a maple tree that is on the side of our driveway. John cut up the branch today, and I took these pictures from my office window.

It was a pretty large branch that came down, but the damage could have been much, much worse


Bricks from Historic Homes

Yesterday I had a meeting at the Ray County Historical Society Museum with Linda Emly, the director of the Society, and some others who are helping to organize a new award for the Ray County area. One of those in attendance was our friend Keith Bowen, a local amateur Church history crackerjack and president of the Missouri Mormon Frontier Foundation.

He had brought with him two bricks: one from the home/foundation of Edward Partridge’s home in Independence, and the other from the home/foundation of the Jones H. and Clara Flournoy home, also in Independence. Edward Partridge bought the Flournoy land on behalf of the Church in 1831; this land was dedicated as the building spot for New Jerusalem and the building spot for the temple.

It’s just amazing to think that these very bricks could have been handled by Edward Partridge and Jones Flournoy.

Holding two pieces of Church history. . .wow!