Hosanna to God and the Lamb!

Nauvoo02At this Thanksgiving time, I am grateful for temples.  Today I decided to forego the typical “black” Friday experience for a more peaceful “white” Friday in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple!

For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, temples are sacred places where important ordinances and eternal covenants are made.  My own ancestors sacrificed to build temples in Kirtland, Ohio… then Nauvoo, Illinois… and finally Salt Lake City, Utah.  Today there are more than 100 temples covering the earth.

One of the most glorious experiences I’ve had is to participate in the dedication of a temple.  In 2002, the LDS Church did something new.  They broadcast the re-dedication of the Nauvoo temple to church buildings across the United States.  I obtained one of these tickets and watched the dedication in my local church building.  That was my first time to give the Hosanna Shout.  Dean happened to be traveling in Texas and watched the dedication from a church building there.

Since that time I’ve seen other temples dedicated as well including temples in: Draper, Oquirrh Mountain, Brigham City and Ogden.  Usually held on a Sunday and instead of our typical meetings.  Each time going to our local church building with my husband and daughters.







Below are some even older cards from many years ago when I was a young woman performing “Baptisms for the Dead” in the Manti Temple :)


“Pride of the Wasatch”

Cougar Band

During the early 80’s we were known as the ‘Incomparable Cougar Marching Band’ and I think I like that better!  Here’s a fabulous picture taken of the Cougar Band and Cougarettes in 1981.  I recognize the formation as one of the shows we learned that year.  It is memorialized in my mind because the trumpeters had to kneel across the front.  It was that very show that forced me to  push my knee to its limits.  I mentioned this in an earlier post.  I think that is me kneeling right on the 35-yard line on the left side.

Every time the band traveled to a bowl game, they would take pictures of each band member and send an article to their home town newspapers.  Fortunately, we went to a bowl game every year I was in the band!  Here are my news articles:

FRESHMAN – Holiday Bowl, 1980                    SOPHOMORE – Holiday Bowl, 1981

Right after fall semester 1982, I left for my mission to Hong Kong.  I returned 18-months later, right before fall semester 1984.  Thus, I was considered a “junior” for both of those semesters.

JUNIOR – Holiday Bowl, 1982                           JUNIOR – Holiday Bowl, 1984

USS Kitty Hawk

Here’s a great picture of us when we got to tour the USS Kitty Hawk in 1984.  Not only did we get to go to the Holiday Bowl (California), but other trips as well to nearby states for regular season games.  We typically traveled once per year and then again if the football team was invited to a bowl game.  These were long/ fun bus rides that included pit stops to see local attractions.  We visited Disneyland several times!  I can also remember visiting Hoover Dam and Mesa Verde.  My favorite trip involved a visit to a reservation in Nevada where we put on our own parade.  We marched four across through a narrow rock ravine… the band extended back for about 50 rows!  The people on the reservation stood at the top of the ravines to watch.  It was so much fun to see their faces and hear the sounds of our playing echoing so loudly on the rock walls!  My senior year, the entire band was flown across the country to Florida; the year our football team won the national championship :-)

SENIOR – Citrus Bowl, 1985

Band -Karen*This is my sister, Karen, who joined the band for a couple of years.  My other sister, Shellie, was also in the band.  I am wearing an “alumni” shirt in this picture and had the opportunity to play with the band at a homecoming event.

Baby Amelia

Baby AmeliaThis is Amelia!  She is my fourth daughter and last child.  My husband jinxed himself when our first girl was born and he said, “I wouldn’t care if we had ALL daughters!”  Well, that is what happened and now he claims he is estrogen challenged :-)  Amelia was a great addition to a family of sisters and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

What a blessed family we are!  Raising four girls has been a glorious experience for me.  If I could wish for one thing for my daughters, it would be that they could experience all the joys of motherhood that I have had.  There is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling than being a mommy.  Unless… it is being a grand-mommy!

Here are Amelia’s first few years, as documented by Sears…


Amelia -3moSIX MONTHS (with Sarah)

Amelia -6mo+Sarah-2yrNINE MONTHS

Amelia -9moTWELVE MONTHS (with sisters)

Amelia -12mo+SistersTHREE YEARS

Amelia -3yrFOUR YEARS

Amelia -4yr1

Baby Sarah

Baby SarahThis is my third daughter, Sarah, on her ‘birth’ day!  She was born 3-weeks early.  Dean was gone out-of-town on the night that I went into labor.  Not wanting to have this baby alone, I called him and told him to get back quick!  My brother was staying with me for this very reason, but I still didn’t want to go to the hospital without Dean.  So, I delayed going… and my labor had actually slowed by the time Dean arrived the next morning.  We decided to walk around the block to jump start the labor… bad idea!  Halfway around the block I could barely walk.  We quickly drove to the hospital and Sarah was born within 45-minutes.  The doctor didn’t make it to the delivery and the nurses were not happy with me!

It had been 4-years since the birth of Sarah’s older sister.  Time to visit Sears for pictures again :-)

THREE MONTHS (with family)

Sarah -3mo+FamilySIX MONTHS



Sarah -12moTWO YEARS (with Amelia)

Amelia -6mo+Sarah-2yrTWO & HALF YEARS (with sisters)

Amelia -12mo+Sisters

Baby Darci

Baby DarciThis is my second daughter, Darci, in her hospital picture on the day she was born.  My only baldy!  What a beautiful baby; my easiest delivery and healthiest baby at birth.  She was the only one of my daughters to NOT have the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck at birth!

Just like her older sister (see previous post), I began taking Darci for regular pictures at Sears… each time purchasing the discounted package.  She is my tallest gal and the one that looks most like her gorgeous daddy :-)

Here are Darci’s first few years of life, according to Sears…

THREE MONTHS (with Lindsay)

Darci -3mo+Lindsay-2yrSIX MONTHS

Darci -6mo1aNINE MONTHS (with Lindsay)

Darci -9mo+Lindsay-2,5yrTWELVE MONTHS

Darci -12mo1TWO & HALF YEARS

Darci -2,5yr1TWO & HALF YEARS (with Lindsay)

Darci -2,5yr+Lindsay-4yr

Baby Lindsay

Baby LindsayThis is my first daughter, Lindsay, on the day she was born.  She had so much hair it looked like a wig!  The cone-shape of her head was due to the device used to assist her in a quick delivery.  It was a traumatic birth, but all turned out well.

I started a tradition of getting her picture taken regularly at Sears.  This was long before the day of digital cameras!  Sears offered discount photo packages.  Then once they took the first picture or two, and after the baby was “warmed up,” they would take a billion more pictures (seemed like) and try to sell them to you.  Of course the baby’s smile was much cuter on the later pictures, but I could only afford to purchase the discounted package.  Arms or legs might extend beyond the edge of the picture, but these photos are precious to me.

I am so glad I did this… and even with my subsequent daughters… in order to have a good record of growth!  So here is Lindsay’s first few years of life, as documented by Sears :-)


Lindsay -3mo3SIX MONTHS

Lindsay -6mo1NINE MONTHS

Lindsay -9mo1TWELVE MONTHS


Lindsay -18mo1TWO YEARS (with Darci)

Lindsay -2yr+Darci-3moTWO & HALF YEARS (with Darci)

Lindsay -2,5yr+Darci-9moTHREE YEARS

Lindsay -3yr1FOUR YEARS

Lindsay -4yr1FOUR YEARS (with Darci)

Lindsay -4yr+Darci-2,5yrAnd lastly… below is Lindsay’s first daughter, Claire, who was born about two months ago!  My first grandchild :-)



5th & 6th Grades 1972-74

My family moved from Springville to Nephi, Utah over the summer of 1972 and we lived in the old home that my grandfather Bowles had built.  It was located across from the city park at 645 North 100 East.  That fall, I began attending Nephi Elementary at 380 East 200 North.  The student body included all elementary students from the cities of Nephi, Mona & Levan.

Lorrie -grade5Top Row – Mr. Bracken, Mr. Sperry, Mr. Ockey, Tammy Marshall, Doyce Olpin, Lorrie Kelsey, Gordon Jenkins, Patricia Montague, James Memmott

2nd Row – Wayne Dodd, Diane Wilkey, Val Jones, Jill Covington, Brett Sampson, Diane Bender

3rd Row – Ellen Steele, Richard Winsor, Kelly Rae Warren, Craig Van Ausdal, Carolee Menlove, Kelly Ingram, Melanie Yates, Kevin Fowkes, Michelle Kendall

4th Row – Carl Anderson, Ruthann Dailey, Ricky May, Lisa Park, Russell Belliston, Mary Smith, Jens Mickelson, Debra Prisbrey, Blair Kay

5th Row – Shelly Garrett, Wade McPherson, Shelia McPherson, Bart Wankier, Maria Harmon, Ed Lee, Carla Sherwood, Bill Motes, Tammy Palmer

6th Row – Pat McCaffery, Natalie Christensen, Leslie Keyte, Julie Wright, Craig Bateman, Julianne Spencer, Steven Bosh, Lori Lunt, Daniel Jumbo

7th Row – Michelle Jarrett, Alan Taylor, Connie Kay, Kevin Ockey, Susan Kay, Lynn Worwood, Rose Gee, Melvin Palfreyman, Louise Bowers

Bottom Row – Molly Painter, Larry Zamora, Donald Lowrey, Shawn Trauntvein, David Chase, Darin Sampson, Jeff Pay, Rusty Hall, Mary Nielsen

Lorrie -grade6Top Row – Mr. Winn, Mr. Ockey, Mrs. Anderson, Mary Nielsen, Ricky May, Michelle Kendall, Craig Van Ausdale, Jill Whimpey, Wade Smith

2nd Row – Diane Wilkey, Rusty Hall, Tammy Palmer, Natalie Christensen, Richard Winsor, Rose Gee

3rd Row – Jens Mickelson, Michelle Jarrett, Wade McPherson, Julianne Spencer, Bart Wankier, Debbie Prisbrey, Brett Sampson, Jill Covington, Ed Lee

4th Row – Susan Kay, Craig Bateman, Carolee Menlove, Kevin Fowkes, Lisa Park, Jeff Pay, Susan Jones, James Memmott, Connie Kay

5th Row – Val Jones, Ellen Steele, Kerry Lynn, Louise Bowers, Gordon Jenkins, Diane Bender, Shawn Trauntvein, Molly Painter, David Chase

6th Row – Carla Sherwood, Steven Bosh, Shelia McPherson, Alan Taylor, Kelly Rae Warren, Melvin Palfreyman, Julie Wright, Pat McCaffery, Blair Kay

7th Row – Russell Jones, Maria Harmon, Russell Belliston, Melanie Yates, Carl Anderson, Mary Smith, Kevin Ockey, Shelly Garrett, Daniel Jumbo

Bottom Row – Bill Motes, Doyce Olpin, Lori Lunt, Bret Belliston, Lorrie Kelsey, Darin Sampson, Tammy Marshall, Leslie Keyte, Kelly Ingram


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