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July 26-August 1, 2021

July has been a glorious month in most ways.  It brought opportunities, experiences, and visitors that we will long remember.  However, this past week has been a painful finale to all those wonderful events.  We were still basking in the spiritual high of being in Nauvoo for a three days when a few missionaries becameContinue reading “July 26-August 1, 2021”

July 22-25, 2021

July 22-July 25, 2021 When we had the opportunity to spend July 4th at Mount Vernon a few years back, I felt nothing could compare in historical richness and spirit, but I was wrong.   Spending Pioneer Day in Nauvoo exceeded our previous experience in every way.  Studying the D&C from our current setting has connectedContinue reading “July 22-25, 2021”

July 21, 2021

Our post this week is a bit late, but it’s because we’ve had family here at AOA.  As we were preparing for them to come, I found that the anticipation of their arrival made the preparation a joy.  I have pondered how to describe how much we want our family to come and share thisContinue reading “July 21, 2021”

June 28- July 4, 2021

Happy Independence Day to all! This day will be among a few July 4th celebrations that stand out in my memory. I never think of July 4th without recalling the many “Freedom Festival Firesides” we’ve attended through the years.  That event has been the focus of our celebration and we haven’t missed many since theyContinue reading “June 28- July 4, 2021”

June 27, 2021

June 27, 2021 Today is the 177th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith.  Contemplating the conditions of the saints and the Church at that time burdens any heart.  That vision dims with the thought of what the foundation he laid has allowed the Lord and His saints to accomplish since that day.Continue reading “June 27, 2021”

June 14-June 20, 2021

Here’s hoping all the dedicated, hard-working, faithful fathers everywhere feel loved and appreciated today.  A quote that I recently found that Darrel burned into three wooden plagues stated, “Father is the noblest title a man can be given.  It is more than a biological role.  It signifies a leader, an exemplar, a confidant, a teacher,Continue reading “June 14-June 20, 2021”

June 7-June 13, 2021

We’ve had another busy, beautiful week at AOA.  The time is passing much too quickly. Darrel and I finished up our assignment to lead the study of D&C 42 this week.  We celebrated with homemade spudnuts!  Elder and Sister Schwitzer were here Monday and Tuesday. Our normal GA schedule was replaced by a morning side,Continue reading “June 7-June 13, 2021”


            May 30, 2021 We started our morning today by joining our grandson Andrew Smith, as he spoke prior to leaving on his mission on June 14th. The sweet bonus was that Abby, his sister was the youth speaker.  How grateful we are for technology and strong grandchildren who are lots of fun, yet whoseContinue reading “WEEK ELEVEN”


May 23, 2021: Through the years I have heard others speak of the opportunity to have a General Authority in their home for a meal.  I had supposed that would never happen for us, but it did this week! Elder and Sister Walker come to our home and had dinner with us for FHE!  AsContinue reading “WEEK TEN”


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