12 Years of Marriage

Happy anniversary to the one I love the most, my better half, my eternal companion, Amanda!

In the 1st Year of Marriage, my true love and I experienced – “Oh honey how much I love you”.

In the 2nd Year of Marriage, my true love and I experienced – “A new house” and “Oh honey how much I love you”.

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July Front Sight Membership Giveaway Winners

This morning, I typed the name of all the entries in my Front Sight Membership Giveaway contest.  As I had three ways to enter, my total entries were 31.  Several people had multiple entries, with one person having four entries.  I put all the entries in a small basket.  My kids enjoyed last time when I let Hannah, my youngest, pick the winner.  However, Mikey & Josh wanted to pick a name also.  So, this time, I let all three kids pick a winner, from youngest to oldest.

Hannah, my 3-year old went first:
Hannah picking her winnerShe picked Ross Siegel, a friend and co-worker.

Josh, my 5-year old then went:
Josh picking his winnerHe picked Ed Hall, who entered and referred several other people and had the most entries.

Mikey, my 7-year old was third.
Mikey picking his winnerHe picked Kristina Chavez.

The kids then wanted Mommy to pick a name. She draw Lena Elise Kruger, who we used to go to Church with.

They then said it was my turn. I drew Carey. Not sure who he is other than he lives in North Las Vegas. All winners have been contacted. Thanks everyone for your participation!

Front Sight Membership Giveaway Winners

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Superman Family Adventures

Almost two months ago, Free Comic Book day introduced my family to Superman Family Adventures with a free preview of it.  Mikey, my 6-year-old son, enjoys reading.  I though he would enjoy a comic book so when the full issue of Superman Family Adventures #1 came out, I went down to Comic Oasis, located near Cheyenne and US-95 in Las Vegas.

When I got home, Mikey quickly read it.  This very family friendly comic book allows children to read the fantasy adventures of Superman, Supergirl, Superboy, and others in the “Superman family”.  Mikey found the story interesting and page turning.  He could determine most of the words that he didn’t know, and I was there to help him on the words he didn’t know.  Issue # 2 comes out this week and in his excited, Mikey called Comic Oasis to see if they had it yet.

If you have a child who likes superheros, they will love Superman Family Adventures!

 

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Mikey's Testimony

Last week, my 5 1/2 year old Mikey decided that he wanted to go bear his testimony at Church the next time he could.  Remembering the council given regarding this, I did not encourage it, although I didn’t tell him he couldn’t either.  Sunday came and we were at Church.  I was in the hallway with Hannah, who was tired and cranky.  Amanda came out to tell me that Mikey was going to bear his testimony.  I came back into the Chapel and saw Mikey on the 2nd step to go up to the puplit.  He looked around and wasn’t sure what to do and then turned around and saw me.  He walked back down to see me.  We sat down and he told me that he wanted to go bear his testimony.  He then asked me if he was allowed to.  I told him that the Church has told us that little kids should bear their testimony in Primary and in the home.  I then asked him if he still wanted to.  He did.  He proceeded to tell me that he wanted me to come up with him, but not to say anything.  He and I walked to the very front pew and saw there for a minute until the person speaking finished their testimony.  Mikey then walked up to the stage and sat down by himself.  He wanted until it was his turn and then walked to the pulpit.  He spoke very clearly and loud enough for everyone to hear him, but he didn’t scream into the microphone.  He said “Hi, my name is Mikey and I know this Church is true and I love my family.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”

As I sat and listen to him, I thought of the scripture Luke 19:39-40:

“And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”

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Mr. Right and Mrs. Wrong

I had told Amanda something was going to happen, but she didn’t believe my warning. Later, she acknowledged I was right. I got her to admit that I am ALWAYS right, after which she called me Mr. Right. Mikey looked at Amanda and said “Hello, Mrs. Wrong”. We all laughed.

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My Testimony

I’d like to take a moment now at the beginning of the year to share with you my testimony of Jesus Christ.

I know that God lives.  He loves me and He loves you.  He loves us so much that He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to earth.  He came not because He had to, but because He wanted to.  Christ wanted to come, to save us from our sins.  Because of the atonement of Jesus Christ, I can be forgiven of my sins.  All I have to do is ask Him.  He does require us to do as He says, but He also knows that we will mess up.  As long as I keep trying, He will forgive me and allow me back into His presence.  I know that because of His atonement, all mankind will be resurrected.   I am among the weakest of His servants, but I so proud that He has trusted me enough to allow me to hold  His priesthood, so that I can be His servant and exercise His priesthood power.  I am so lucky to have such a wonderful and beautiful wife.  By following the Lord’s commandments, I know that I will be able to be with my dear Amanda for all eternity.  I am so happy, yet humbled that He intrusted me with my 3 beautiful children, for before they were my children, they were God’s and I know that He has not given up His parenteral rights to them.  I strive everyday to be a father worthy of these children and to strive to live up to His example.

These things I write in the Holy Name of He who saves all mankind, Jesus Christ, Amen.

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