We are blessed with a beautiful, growing and wonderful family that loves us. We are a blended family with 10 children; and, we currently have 31 grandchildren who call us Papa and Nana! Our family members live mostly in the western United States of America (Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and California), but we also have a daughter living in Florida as well as a son and grandson living in Santiago, Chile. Our family is our greatest treasure. And, we believe we can be together forever.
“The family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.”
The Family: A Proclamation to the World
Kathy and I are “empty nesters.” We are fortunate to have lived in a comfortable home nestled in a peaceful agricultural mountain valley located in Central Utah, USA. But, then came a phone call from a friend asking us to accept a Full-Time Senior Missionary assignment. After prayerful consideration, Kathy and I decided it was the right thing to do. We interviewed with our Bishop, filled out our papers, met with our Stake President, and submitted our papers to Salt Lake. Several weeks later, we received a package from the Prophet (Thomas S. Monson). We were called to serve in the Hawaii Honolulu Mission and assigned specifically to Brigham Young University-Hawaii (BYUH). Sister Edgar was assigned to serve as the Visiting Home Nurse for the Married Student Mothers (and their babies), and I was assigned as a Computer Support Tech. My specific assignment was to serve as the Database Administrator of the BYUH Conduct Manager Software. In addition, I would often conduct interviews and investigations of reported student misconduct. And, I taught the Leadership Pattern Classes on campus: Lead Like the Savior.
Brief Mission Homecoming Report
After 23 months in the mission field, we returned home on April 2nd, 2019! We then begin our “pilgrimage” to revisit our wonderful but dispersed family. It has been so very exciting!!! Kathy (Sister Edgar) and I are still having the time of our lives traveling, visiting and reconnecting with our children and grandchildren. We had an emotional reunion when we came down the escalator at the Salt Lake Airport to a joyful band of sign-carrying and waving loved ones. It took a few days to settle down after that. We stayed for a few days in North Salt Lake with Melissa and her family, then traveled to Southern Utah and Nevada to be with Marie and her family and then to Las Vegas to visit Brittany and family (and my sister Karen). We drove a rental car from Las Vegas to Los Angeles and picked up our family car at the port. We then traveled to San Clemente (California) to visit our son Sam and his family. Following that visit, we traveled to Pinetop (Arizona) to visit Heather and family (and pick up our dog Missy). Then, we drove back to Utah to look for work and check out the housing market. At the same time, Kathy flew off to Cape Cod (Massachusetts) to spend a couple of weeks with her parents while I remain in Utah (with Missy) “…taking care of business!” This time has been an emotional and joyful period for us, but it’s also been very stressful. We miss our friends and life in Hawaii; we miss the honor of wearing our missionary name tags; our daily routines have changed; we’re suffering a little from jetlag; and; we have much to do to reconnect with reality. But, it is so wonderful to have family and friends and to be loved. We have much to be thankful for, and we have Hope in the future! We love the Lord, we love our family and friends, and the Gospel is True. Hurrah for Israel. We are so very blessed.
Currently, we are trying to settle down. Kathy has been hired at Cedar City Hospital (Intermountain Healthcare) working as a Postpartum Nurse and Lactation Consultant. So, it looks like the Cedar City area will be our home going forward. We’ve made an offer on a house in Enoch, Utah, and the offer has been accepted. We anticipate the papers will be signed on Monday, Jul 1st, and we’ll be handed the keys to our new home. Life is really good! Cedar City is a wonderful town; we love the new Cedar City Utah Temple; and, it appears the city is at geographic crossroads for our family.
Our Family Logo:
The Cypress Tree is a lasting symbol of strength, endurance, and faith.
Our Family Motto:
In the Summer of 1983, Grandma Jenny brought a sign home from her Relief Society meeting. She taped it near the top of our refrigerator door for everyone to read:
“Look for the Good!”
It instantly became our family motto.
Our Family Mission Statement:
Our mission as a family is to obtain Eternal Life (as individuals and as a family) with God the Eternal Father and His Eternal Son, Jesus Christ (see John 17:3, Romans 6:23, D&C 14:7, and Moses 1:39).
We do this by keeping the commandments of God (see D&C 93:1-3, 19-20 and 26-28), becoming clean through the Atonement of Jesus Christ (see Helaman 3:35, 3 Nephi 27:20, D&C 20:31. D&C 76:41 and Moses 6:59-60), and by remaining on the “…strait and narrow path” as described in 2 Nephi 31:17-21.
We work together as a family and support each other in obtaining this goal.