Teach Them the Why

With the recent passing of two beloved Apostles, Elder L. Tom Perry and President Boyd K. Packer,  I have reflected on how their ministries have influenced my life  for  good.  As I have done  so, I have felt a desire to testify of some  of the vital doctrines taught by both of these Apostles that have shaped my attitude and  behaviour in the course of a lifetime.  I do so as a tribute to their dedicated service and with the intent that these same doctrines and teachings might be passed down to the generations that follow–that the youth and parents in our day might receive these words of instruction, cherish them, and reap the associated blessings.

In this post I would like to testify of a teaching of President  Packer about the power of true doctrine:

“True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior.”

What is doctrine?  Why should we teach it?  What is its effect?

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Pa's, Grandma Karen and Jarom at the Dolphin Quay Marina.

Joy in Posterity

We had some joy and rejoicing in posterity this week with a delightful visit from Jarom and Marella Chapman.  We took walks on the beach, played soccer  and bocce, sang together, read books, watched movies and Marella and I enjoyed talking about nutrition.  She has even taken on the challenge to  learn to make kefir.  It was so  great to spend time together, get to  know one another better, and feel one another’s love and support.


Jesus Christ, Our Exemplar

Baptized of John in the river known as Jordan, He commenced His official ministry to men. To the sophistry of Satan, Jesus turned His back. To the duty designated by His Father, He turned His face, pledged His heart, and gave His life. And what a sinless, selfless,noble, and divine life it was. Jesus labored.  Jesus loved.  Jesus served.  Jesus testified. What finer example could we strive to emulate? Let us begin now, this very night, to do so. Cast off forever will be the old self and with it defeat, despair, doubt, and disbelief. To a newness of life we come—a life of faith, hope, courage, and joy. No task looms too large; no responsibility weighs too heavily; no duty is a burden. All things become possible.  

(Thomas S. Monson, “Examples of Righteousness”, April 2008)

Member of the Order of Australia AM

Australian Honours

On June 8, 2015 Keith was honoured by the Australian Government in being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.  The process of being nominated for this honour and now in receiving it has been a tremendous experience for Keith and has caused him to reflect on the many exceptional opportunities he has been afforded throughout his life.  He considers that his has been “a fortunate life”, one filled with choice opportunities to learn, to expand his understanding of the world and its people, and to render significant service.

High Priest Dinner June 2015 Australian Honours Recognition 2

The citation which was announced Monday reads:

 “For significant service to people with a disability at the state and national level, to the judiciary, and to the community of Western Australia.”

The Australian Government states that “In the Australian honours system appointments to the Order of Australia confer recognition for outstanding achievement and service. . . . The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service of their fellow citizens.”  An investiture ceremony will be held at Government House in September or October when the insignia of the award will be presented.

Member of the Order of Australia AM

Member of the Order of Australia AM badge with gold-plated silver insignia of the order in the center

What feelings accompany an honour such as this?  It has brought about feelings of humility, gratitude, satisfaction and joy—as well as amazement at what God has brought about in his life despite very humble beginnings.

Like King Benjamin, Keith’s desire would be to share with posterity valuable lessons he has learned through the experiences of a lifetime– “not to boast” but “that ye may learn wisdom.  . .” The wisdom to recognize one’s God-given gifts, to pay the price of diligence in developing those gifts, and to find joy in employing those gifts in the service of one’s fellow men.

 What would I wish my posterity to learn from my life’s experiences?

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Keith Chapman and Grandson Benjamin Chapman at Engagement Party

Ben’s Engagement Party

Last night we attended the engagement party of Keith’s oldest grandson, Benjamin.  It was wonderful to share in his excitement at having found a wonderful girl to marry.  Unfortunately we didn’t manage to get a picture of his fiancee Heidi as we did most of our visiting with him prior to her arrival.  They held their party at a farm where Ben worked as a teenager.  It was a very fun evening.  We enjoyed the chance to visit with many of the Chapman grandchildren and our first great granddaughter as well.