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)
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.
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.
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?
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.
Did you know that the blades on a lawnmower can be replaced? This photo is Keith replacing the blades on our 20 year old lawnmower.
I am constantly impressed with Keith’s diligence in properly caring for his tools and machinery. Taking the time to properly care for tools and machinery prolongs their life, eliminating the need to replace them. At today’s prices this lawnmower would cost around $500 to replace. With the challenging economic times in which we live, this is a good lesson in provident living!
Wow. The advances in Family History research facilitated by the new partner sites the Church has provided has made research a wonderful adventure. If you haven’t yet caught the bug, get involved! We truly live in the “space age” of Family History. Keith has found having the time to work on his Family History every day one of the joys of retirement. And by the way, he is happy to share names with any family members who would be willing to help do the ordinance work!
On May 28th I became an Australian Citizen in a swearing in ceremony held at the Mandurah Performing Arts Center. It was a wonderful experience which I shared with 150 other individuals being sworn in on the same night. I truly love Australia and feel very blessed now to be an official citizen of the country. I now hold dual citizenship in Australia and America.
Keith and I enjoyed visiting with Laurie and Diedre Goodrich Thursday in their home. Keith’s friendship with these two fine people dates back to before he joined the Church. Keith met Laurie when they worked together at the Public Trust office in June 1961. Keith did not know at the time that Laurie was a member of the Church. He was surprised when he saw Laurie and his wife Diedre and two other friends at his first District Conference after joining the Church! Their friendship has spanned these many years. It was wonderful to catch up with them.