Saturday, May 31, 2008

President Bush Meets with President Monson

SALT LAKE CITY 29 May 2008 President George W. Bush met with the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this morning at the Church’s headquarters in Salt Lake City.
This was President Bush’s fourth visit to Church headquarters and his first meeting with the new First Presidency. President Thomas S. Monson, along with his two counselors, President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, visited with President Bush for just under an hour.

“He meets with [the First Presidency] regularly and thinks that they have a good role to play in America, in terms of spreading the word of love,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said yesterday, as reported by the Salt Lake Tribune. “I don’t think the president would ever pass up an opportunity to meet with the president of the Mormon church.”
Over the past eight years, President Bush has maintained a close relationship with the Church and its leaders. In 2001 he followed in the footsteps of his father, President George H.W. Bush, by inviting the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to perform at his inauguration.
In 2002 the president was greeted by the First Presidency before he attended the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games. He made subsequent visits to Utah in 2005 and 2006.
In 2004 President Bush awarded former Latter-day Saint leader Gordon B. Hinckley the Presidential Medal of Freedom in Washington, D.C.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is politically neutral but has friendly relations with many leaders of government in the United States and internationally. Mormon leaders encourage Church members to seek out candidates whose values and positions reflect members’ ideas of good government. The Church’s 12th Article of Faith states that Mormons “believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.”
Many of the meetings Latter-day Saint leaders have with government officials focus on humanitarian and community needs, including ways to strengthen families. In 1995 the Church issued a proclamation regarding families that called “upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.”

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Beach Season

Our friends (The Morrow Family- Brant, Andrea, Tati, Hailey) were vacationing in Mission Beach, San Diego last weekend so we met them down there for a nice warm day at the beach. Belen and Thyssen had so much fun with their girls. We stayed on the sand for 3 hours and I think the kids would have stayed even longer.
Brant helped Belen and Tatiana dig a toddler-sized hole.
Here's Hailey hanging out in style
Here's Thyssen just having too much fun!
Here's Belen deciding which toy to go with
Daddy and Thy-guy
oops, I put this pic twice... good thing it's fun to look at cute kids!

We had a really fun day. Thanks, Morrows, for letting us crash a day of your vacation!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

New Look

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Monday, May 5, 2008

visits and pics

Jill came to town for a chiropractor's convention so we met up with her and Hannah at the park. Hannah took to her roll as a girl very well, as she really enjoyed pushing the stroller around!

Belen was a little peeved because I didn't let her run all over - the park was very crowded and I couldn't see her well enough. Note her pushing me away in the picture....
Hannah having fun feeling the wood chips.. she also was very generous and gave lots and lots of handfuls of it to her mommy.
Hannah in the swing- she didn't like the lack of control-floating through the air- sensation.
Mommy to the rescue!
I couldn't get a pic of them both standing, but Thyssen is a full head taller! Hannah is the only person he'll beat out in size, poor little guy!

We had fun seeing Jill and Hannah! We miss them terribly!
Maybe one day we'll live close again! Love ya!