Tuesday, January 9, 2018

CATCHING UP: Rock Peterson is Newest B7 Ward Member

Rockstin Peterson, 8-year-old son and middle child of Brett and Briette Peterson’s 5 kidlets, was baptized by his father and cofirmed by “Papa” Paul Peterson on Saturday, September 16 to become the newest member of the B7 Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Family traveled from as far away as northern Utah and southern California to be part of the momentous life event for young Rock. 

Rockstin is a 2nd grader at Bloomington Elementary School where he, in addition to his ABC’s, is also learning Chinese. He loves to play basketball, soccer, ride his bike and do anything outside. Says his Mom Briette, “He loves his newfound friends, as we are new to the area by 6 months. He is a happy loving boy and we are blessed to have him as our son!” 

In the words of President Gordon B. Hinckley, it is now the duty of the members of the Bloomington 7th Ward to help Rock "become a strong and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - a member who loves the Lord, who understands the gospel, who fellowships with the Saints and who partakes of the beauties and wonders of the gospel of Jesus Christ." 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

CATCHING UP: Brown Girls Awarded

Cara and Laura Brown, two of Sister Aubrey Van Wagoner’s four beautiful daughters were recognized in Sacrament meeting on Sunday, October 22 – Cara with her Young Womanhood Recognition Award and Laura with her Honor Bee award – by Bishop Mike Bair.

Cara graduated in December, 2017 from Dixie High School and is now enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at Dixie Technical College with a life goal to become an executive chef.  To earn her Young Womanhood Recognition award she had to meet all the following requirements, including attending sacrament meeting regularly (where possible); living the standards outlined in For the Strength of Youth; completing the value experiences and value project for each of the eight values; keeping a personal journal; attending seminary; reading the Book of Mormon regularly; and, recording her testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ.

Laura Brown, a sophomore at Dixie High School with a life goal to become a food or macro photographer, or – with her love of history – to become a teacher, earned the Honor Bee charm, historically given to young women willing to do more than was required, after completing the requirements of the Young Womanhood Recognition medallion, which she earned as a Beehive. To earn an Honor Bee charm, Laura read the Book of Mormon again, maintaining her daily habit of scripture study; and, served others for a total of 40 hours, including mentoring other young women with their Personal Progress.

Congratulations to both young women for their accomplishments, to date!  They are certain to go far in life.

Friday, January 5, 2018

New YW Presidency Called and Sustained

Sisters Annie Green, Briette Peterson and Brittani Munk, with Katie Christensen again called to serve as YW Secretary, are the newly called Young Women's Presidency following the release of Sisters Jill Fraser, Kim Christensen and Shar Simkins after 4 years of service to (currently) 36 girls - ages 12 to 18 - in the B7 Ward.

With the 2018 Young Women's theme of "Peace in Christ" to guide their activities, the new YW Presidency is determined to build upon the strength and testimonies of their predecessors in all they do, including recognizing the 100th anniversary of Girls Camp this year, while assisting parents and priesthood leaders in guiding young women on the path to the temple and helping them grow their testimony of Heavenly Father, His son Jesus Christ and the restored gospel.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Bienvenido a casa, Hermana Simkins

Hermana Summer Simkins returned to her St. George home and family on Friday, December 15, 2017 after 18-months of full-time service to the Lord's children in the Argentina Neuguen Mission. She was greeted at the airport by many friends and family members - including Shane, Jarrett, Jillian, Jaxson and Giselle - noting coming home is "weird.  She is missing those she loves in Argentina but is happy to be back with her family and friends. What's in her future? She is a semester away from having an Associate Degree from Dixie State University and with her 18 credits of bright and shiny new Spanish-language skills she will be ready to move ahead toward a degree in, maybe, journalism or literature.

Summer is still in that crazy place where she is speaking in English after she has translated in her head from Spanish.  She calls hers the best mission in the world and reports she loved the people who are “so loving!”  Apostle Melvin J. Ballard dedicated the country of Argentina to the preaching of the gospel in 1925 when the first mission in South America was established. Today there are 445,108 members, 14 missions and 2 temples – one in Buenos Aires (dedicated in 1980) and one in Cordoba (dedicated in 2015).

Welcome home, Summer.  We’ll miss your enthusiastic and testimony building letters every week.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

B7 Celebrates Christmas 2017

B7 Ward members, friends and neighbors gathered together to celebrate Christmas 2017 on Saturday, December 9. The dinner was delicious, the Primary sang their little hearts out and Santa Claus was a big hit! Thanks to all who came out for the fun and socializing. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Relief Society Celebrates Christmas

B7’s Relief Society Christmas Party was, as always, delightful and filled to capacity with neighbors, friends and sisters in the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Thanks to all who helped with beautiful stage and table decorations, including Lain Carter, Roena Soliai, Natalie Saari, Marina Hunsaker, Ashley Lund and Cheryl Terry.  Thanks, too, to Aubrey Van Wagoner and her daughter Kara Brown for catering our delicious dinner (Kara, a Sterling Scholar, has recently been notified of the award of a scholarship to study Culinary Arts at the amazing new Dixie Technical College – Dixie Tech for short) and to B7 Young Women who served the hot meal to the sisters in the room.  Another sincere thank you goes to Sylvia Johnson who created the posters and invitations … and to all the sisters who brought desserts and those who helped with the cleanup.

The program, called “The Garden Path:  Reveries and Reflections of Mary, the Mother of Christ” was written and presented by Kathryn Barclay as the "reflective Mary," including some of the music, performed by Lauretta Swansborough with accompaniment by Julie Welch and technical support provided by Rebecca Swansborough.  Maureen Taylor gave a touching performance of the young Mary.

It was a wonderful evening, filled with good food, socializing, beautiful faces and a richly spiritual program.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Trunk or Treat is B7 Halloween Fun

Another fun Halloween Trunk or Treat - on Halloween, Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - for the "kids" of the Bloomington 7th Ward. Lots of good food, social interaction and plenty of candy for all the little (and big) boos and ghouls. Winners of the Chili Cookoff: 1st place, Lauretta Swansborough; 2nd place, Aubrey Van Wagoner; and, 3rd place went to Chardell Wilkes.  Thanks to all who dressed up, showed up with candy and chili.  Lots of fun for everyone!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Til We Meet Again, Sister Lucile Crockett

Lifetime church member Lucile MacFarlane Crockett returned to her loving Heavenly Father on Thursday, August 31 after 99 years of writing, singing, dancing and giving to others in every way possible.

Lucile, also known by family and friends by her nicknames"Moonie" or "Queen Bee," believed all people should be treated with equal love and respect.  Lucile, who grew up in a pioneer adobe home with three sisters and a brother, met and married her handsome Marine while attending USU on a music scholarship. After their marriage in 1942, she followed her Marine officer husband around the world, living in Panama, Hawaii, Saipan, Italy and both the east and west coasts of the United States with her three children and her violin in tow.

Her beloved family, includes husband Vern, three children, nine grandchildren and twelve “greats.”

A celebration of her remarkable life was held on Saturday, September 16. Interment is in the Logan City Cemetery.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Activity Day Girls Get Into the Swim

B7 Primary Activity Day Girls had a pool party at the home of Dean and Elaine Christensen on Monday, August 7. Their last activity of the summer before the start of school on Monday, Aug. 14 included water games, hot dogs, chips, soda and Klondike bars under the hot Dixie sunshine. Those attending were Nellie Green, Emma Alldredge, Maeven Taylor, Meg Fraser, Makissa Peterson, Kaylee Stokes, Lexie Broberg, Grace and Lucy Christensen, Hannah and Ella Wall and Ellie Anderson with leaders Elaine Christensen, Anita Sterner, Donna Ortiz and Tami Sevier overseeing the fun. A great time was held by all.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Til We Meet Again, Brother Ray Robinson

Ray Robinson had five loves in his life:  first and foremost, his wife Ruby with whom he was almost inseparable; and, his family, including a deceased daughter Linda and a son Kelly as well as 7 children (Glenda, Bonnie, Laurie, Mike, TJ, Ray, Jr. and Pat); 26 grandchildren, 82 “greats” and to date, 5 great-great grandchildren. 

Ray also loved his country for which he served in the U. S. Army in World War II and recalled numerous experiences in Japan during the “clean up” period after the Armistice.

He also loved his Church.  A longtime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ray and Ruby were team teachers in the 7-8 year-old Primary class.  The calling he held at the time of his death was that of a greeter before Sacrament meeting – an assignment he performed faithfully every week until his health detriorated.

And, finally, he loved Rotary! His legendary “service above self” attitude included several years on the board of St. George Rotary including a year as president (RY2000-01); 10 years hosting – with wife Ruby – numerous foreign exchange students in their Bloomington home.  For his support of Rotary youth program’s Ray was named Utah Rotarian of the Year a few years ago.  He had 19 years of perfect attendance, due in part to his role as club song leader.  He never wanted to miss leading his Rotary friends in a rousing rendition of “God Bless America” or what he called “the tootsie wootsie song.”

He was also involved in his community, serving on boards of the United Cerebral Palsy Association, Chamber of Commerce, American Cancer Society, and the Salt Shakers both in Salt Lake City – where he was President and CEO of Rio Grande Building Products, a commercial hardward firm – and in St. George where they retired in 1999.

One of the Robinson’s favorite self-appointed services was waiting at the bus stop every morning to be certain the neighborhood children got safely on the school bus.   This simple act earned them the name of “bus stop grandparents,” a title he wore with honor.

Ray also enjoyed golf, music, woodworking, outdoor activities, but was never too busy to spend time with any family member who needed his attention or wisdom.

Ray passed quietly from this life on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at his Bloomington home after a short battle with esophageal cancer.  He will be missed by those of us who knew and loved him and whose service impacted their lives in many, many ways.