For Time and ALL Eternity

Dean-Lorrie, 1985This is where we stood, outside the Salt Lake Temple, just after we were sealed there 30-years ago today.  Sometimes it seems like it just happened yesterday.  Most of the time, it seems like we have always been together.  I guess that is good since we have covenanted to always be together. (Here is the newspaper article of our wedding announcement.)

Today, Dean and I sat in the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple and I reflected on the example of Eve.  I’m trying to understand her more inasmuch as I believe she can be symbolic of all women.  I won’t pretend to understand all that happened inside the Garden of Eden, but today I felt that the problem was mainly that she didn’t counsel together with Adam about partaking of the fruit.  She may have thought that there was no use discussing it with Adam… or maybe she just didn’t think to discuss it with Adam?  We don’t know everything that happened and I do believe she gave it a lot of thought beforehand… but in this thing she did not appear to be united with Adam.  Assuming they both needed to partake of the fruit in order to have children, maybe she should have discussed it with Adam and heard his counsel on the matter?

I can just see satan trying to separate Adam & Eve.  Isn’t that what he strives to do with married couples today?  He strives to destroy families.  I think it is interesting that satan approached Eve when she was alone.  She had been taught that eating the fruit would make her die and satan deceives her about that.  When did she realize that eating the fruit had separated her from Adam?  Did satan think that Adam would refuse to eat the fruit?  I hope I don’t sound overly judgmental towards Adam & Eve.  I revere them… and I’m trying to understand them.  I can only imagine the joy Adam & Eve must have felt about the plan of redemption.  Thank heavens for Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Reading it again for the ??th time!

I just finished reading the Book of Mormon again.  It is true!  Many years ago, when my daughters were very young, we finally finished reading that book together as a family for their first time.  The next day we started over again.  My oldest daughter said, “Hey, we already read this book!”  ;-)  We subsequently read it over and over again as a family and I have read on my own it too many times to count.

Joseph Smith said: “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”  Another prophet, Ezra Taft Benson, said: “Is there not something deep in our hearts that longs to draw nearer to God? …If so, then the Book of Mormon will help us do so more than any other book.”  I do have that longing and the Book of Mormon has fulfilled that expectation.

I love the scriptures, including the Old and New Testaments.  Something else President Benson said rings true to me, “The Book of Mormon offers so much that broadens our understandings of the doctrines of salvation.  Without it, much of what is taught in other scriptures would not be nearly so plain and precious.”  The Book of Mormon and other revealed scripture provide explanations to me for “vague” doctrines in the Bible.  For example: the ‘falling away’ mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, the ‘stick of Judah and of Joseph’ mentioned in Ezekiel 37:16, and  ‘baptism for the dead’ mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:29.

Additionally, that concept about being the “keystone of our religion” is serious business.  Everything in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hinges on the truthfulness of that book.  Either God speaks to prophets again on the earth or He doesn’t.  Was the original church of Jesus Christ restored to the earth or not?  The only way to know for sure is to sincerely read that book and ask God in prayer.  If that book is true, then all the doctrines we profess are true as well.

Most importantly, the Book of Mormon is a witness of Jesus Christ!!  The teachings of ancient prophets in the Book of Mormon helped those that listened/ obeyed to overcome their sins and expose the doctrines of the devil so that the people could follow God.  It can do the same for us today.  President Benson said: “We should know the Book of Mormon better than any other book.  Not only should we know what history and faith-promoting stories it contains, but we should understand its teachings.  If we really do our homework and approach the Book of Mormon doctrinally, we can expose the errors and find the truths to combat many of the current false theories and philosophies of men.”

I don’t believe you can dismiss the Book of Mormon and then accept any other “practices” in the Mormon church.  You cannot say the Book of Mormon is false and bad, but all the Priesthood ordinances that take place in temples or within our families are true and good.  Last quote from President Benson: “I have noted within the Church a difference in discernment, insight, conviction, and spirit between those who know and love the Book of Mormon and those who do not.  That book is a great sifter.”

The SECOND Best Mission

Dean Call Envelope Dean Mission CallDean served in the Thailand Bangkok mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from July 1980 to July 1982.  I must say this mission is the second best mission in the church ;-)  We attended many mission reunions with Dean’s mission president, Clyde T. Lowe.  Even in his old age, when memory was beginning to fade, this mission president attended those reunions.  I believe it was the longest running mission reunion of its era until his death in 2008 at age 92-years.  At these reunions, we would eat Thai food and then just sit and let President Lowe ramble on about missions and life and give counsel.  He was a beloved man and mission president.  This is a picture of all the missionaries during Dean’s time, standing in front of the chapel in Bangkok.  Dean is standing in the second row from the back, fourth missionary from the right.

Thailand Missionaries

Below is an earlier picture taken of Dean’s MTC group of Elders during July/Aug 1980.  At the time, there was a photo center in the University Mall that took ‘old timey’ photos.  From left, back row: Greg Hansen, Greg Peterson, John Green, Dean Crandall, James Ockey and Sterling Larson.  From left, front row: Richard Burton, Bill Beneke, Darryl Bond and David Haberkorn.

Thai MTC Group

Me & Dean & James Stewart

Jimmy Stewart Program

I love old movies.  Even when Dean and I were married, almost 30-years-ago, Jimmy Stewart was considered an “older” actor.  He was still very famous and I had seen several of his old movies.  On February 1st, 1985, we sat with Jimmy Stewart and his wife to watch one of those movies.  OK… he was seated up front and we were near the back of the de Jong Concert Hall on BYU Campus.  But we were breathing the same air as he was!

This was on the same day that Dean gave me my engagement ring.  We had gotten engaged about one month before.  Dean surprised me by purchasing a pearl ring and hiding it in my apartment.  When I arrived home from class, my roommates were grinning with anticipation as I started looking for my ring with the “treasure hunt” notes that Dean had created.  What a romantic dude, but I was so self-conscious about it!  Now, with a ring on my finger, I guess we were officially going to get married :-)

Jimmy Stewart was being honored in Utah for his wonderful life.  The Brigham Young University, the City of Provo and the State of Utah had proclaimed “Jimmy Stewart” week from Jan. 28th to Feb. 1st, 1985.  Jimmy Stewart was a beloved actor who also had a distinguished military career.  Miraculously, he had chosen to give his memoirs to BYU and Dean and I had tickets to the event!  After a brief introduction and then comments from Mr. Stewart, we found that we were going to watch his favorite of his movies… “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  The lights dimmed and we watched it on 35mm film… what a fabulous experience!  Now, even after almost 30-years, we still keep our tradition of watching It’s a Wonderful Life every Christmas Eve… preferably the black & white version.

 

Finding Deano

Can you spot Dean in the group pictures below?

Dean 1stGradeFirst Grade: 1967-68… Dean is at left in the third row from top!

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Dean 4thGradeFourth Grade: 1970-71… Dean is second from right on top row!

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Dean 6thGradeSixth Grade: 1972-73… Dean is at center in top row!

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HolidayInn TeamLittle League/ Minors… Dean is in back with bullet-proof glasses ;-)

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Teleprompter TeamLittle League/ Majors… Dean is in back with hipster glasses!

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Dean Mish KidsThailand Bangkok Mission: 1980-82… Can you find Dean?!

Yes… Thirty Times!

Thirty years ago today… at noon… a man named Dean asked me to change my name.  Because I was scared, and even though I knew what he was really asking, I said “Change my name to what?”  This forced him to spell it out.  He said “Lorrie, I’m asking you to marry me!”  How did we suddenly get to this point?!

Dean and I had been dating and hanging out and basically spending almost every day together for 3 months, but I hadn’t seriously thought of marriage and had only recently (the week before) realized that I “loved” this dude.  Yes, I enjoyed kissing him… a lot.  And, it was flattering to have someone want to hold my hand and put his arm around me, but marriage means making babies together and, basically, spending the rest of eternity together!  In that one moment, I realized the direction we had been heading and it scared me.  Was I really someone he could love forever?

Besides, I was making other plans.  I was planning to change my major to Chinese.  I was making plans to go to China to teach English.  I guess I thought we would write and continue our friendship, etc.  I just didn’t have marriage on my immediate horizon.  Before he popped the question, I had been talking and laughing and telling lots of stories; he was uncharacteristically quiet or serious and I had a strange premonition about what was about to happen.  After he popped the question, our roles reversed.  I suddenly clammed up and he did all the talking.  I don’t really know what he said with the exception of one thing, he said I didn’t have to answer right away.  We returned to my house, said good-bye to my parents and left to drive back to Provo.  He listened to the radio as he drove.  I just sat and thought about the possibility of marriage and what it would mean for my life.

Dean dropped me off at my apartment in Provo and reminded me that he would see me later that night for another event.  I already had the car door open, but I said “OK” and then headed straight to my apartment.  I walked in the front door and noticed no one else was home.  I walked straight to my bed and knelt down and said, “Heavenly Father: Dean has asked me to marry him and I’m going to say yes… is that OK?”  I had a sudden warm feeling in my heart that that was exactly what I should do.  It is strange to think about it now, because all of my eternity hinged on that warm feeling.

Later, when Dean picked me up, I said “Do you remember that question you asked me today?”  Of course he did!  I said, “The answer is yes, but we can’t tell anybody yet… we need to wait a couple of weeks.”  I still needed time to think and get used to the idea, and I wanted to have the opportunity to back out if needed.  I can’t imagine how hurtful that was for him, except that he was probably scared as well.  Every New Year’s Day for thirty years, Dean has made it a point to ask me if I would say yes again.  I confess that some years I’ve made him wait while I ponder the eternities and what I’ve gotten myself into.  However other years, such as today, the answer is an immediate and resounding YES!

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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.

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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 :)

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