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.
We enjoyed spending the weekend in Bunbury. Paul was the first Bishop in the Stake to invite us to make a presentation to his Ward Council on the Addiction Recovery Program–so we drove to their home on Saturday and enjoyed spending time with Paul and Amanda and their family as well as Marella and Jarom. Ward Council started at 7 a.m. so we were glad we had driven down the night before!
We felt the Lord’s spirit present as we spoke to the Ward leaders that morning and to various individuals following the meeting. We were also invited to make a brief presentation to the Elder’s Quorum during the third hour. We found the members to be very interested in the program and acutely aware of the need for it.
Throughout our experiences we have felt the Lord’s love for the addicted and their families–and a sense of urgency to make this help available. Because it is a program of action there is much required of those who participate. As individuals consistently and faithfully do those things that the Lord requires, they are strengthened and step by step they are blessed to regain their power of agency. Those who once believed there was no hope begin to experience the “perfect brightness of hope” found in the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We decided to add more raised garden beds this week. The approach we used was so easy, we thought we would share it.
1. We purchased ready-made kits that you assemble with bolts. Keith put them together in a couple of hours.
2. We ordered a garden soil mixture and had it delivered to our home. It took us two hours together to transfer the soil from our driveway to the boxes.
3. We filled our new raised containers with the soil and filled them with lovely seedlings.
It is a joy to experience the law of the harvest in your own back yard. It is a great exercise in the principle of stewardship and so good for your health. If you have thought that gardening was beyond your reach, you might want to give this simple approach a try!
“Is there not wisdom in [Heavenly Father] giving us trials that we might rise above them, responsibilities that we might achieve, work to harden our muscles, sorrows to try our souls? Are we not exposed to temptations to test our strength, sickness that we might learn patience,death that we might be immortalized and glorified?
“If all the sick for whom we pray were healed, if all the righteous were protected and the wicked destroyed, the whole program of the Father would be annulled and the basic principle of the gospel, free agency, would be ended. No man would have to live by faith.”
President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985), Teachings ofPresidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball (2006), 15.
Yes, we wear name tags. The name tags identifies us as set apart missionaries serving in the Addiction Recovery Program. Wearing name tags on Sundays and when we attend the temple enables us to be identified to local members and missionaries in our calling. Each time we attend a Church meeting wearing our name tags we are availed of numerous opportunities to share more about the Addiction Recovery Program with local members. In addition to giving brief answers to members’ questions, we also endeavour to refer them to the Church’s new website https://addictionrecovery.lds.org It is a brilliant resource that enables individuals to receive details relating to the helps available for those who suffer from addiction, and many first hand accounts of individuals who have found recovery and healing through the Atonement of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. You may want to check it out!
This year was the hundredth year commemoration on Anzac Day throughout Australia and as such was a landmark year throughout Australia. We enjoyed the many activities in our own locale, including attending a beautiful concert in Perth, the opening of the Curtin University Exhibit of the 11th Battallion Photo, and our local Anzac Day Celebrations in Mandurah. Each activity brought with it feelings of quiet reverence for those who have sacrificed so much in defense of freedom.
The concert was so uplifting. All the musical selections as well as multi-media presentations from World War I were inspiring. The program featured the Symphony Orchestra, Army Band, Violin soloist and Vocal Solos–the entire program commemorating the heroism of those who fought for freedom and in particular those who died on the shores of Gallipoli. As an audience we were invited to sing along on several numbers. We were particularly touched as we sang the lyrics to “Abide With Me” and contemplated the Lord’s watchful care over all of His children in times of war and peace.
Keith served in the Australian Legal Corps Army Reserve as a a Lieutenant Colonel for 25 years and as such is a member of the local RSL Club (Returned and Services League) which spearheads all patriotic commemorations throughout the country. We enjoyed participating in our local celebrations in Mandurah, hosted by the Mandurah RSL Club. Our local celebrations included a traditional dawn service, followed by a breakfast at the RSL Club, a parade and a Memorial Service. The day was one of reverent remembrance of those who have served their country in the defense of freedom. We were uplifted and edified throughout the commemorations, grateful for the many sacrifices that have been made to defend the liberties we now enjoy.
This year marked the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day–April 25, 1915–when the combined forces of New Zealand and Australia landed on the shores of Gallipoli in Turkey. Because of tactical errors in the location of the landing, there were heavy losses at the time of the landing and in the campaign overall. Keith’s uncle Joseph Ernest Stannard was one of those of the first landing in Gallipoli on April 25, 1915 and fell wounded that same day. He was evacuated to the base hospital in Alexandria, Egypt where he passed away May 3, 1915. He was buried at the Chatby War Memorial Cemetery in Alexandria.
A special exhibit has been created this year at Curtin University in Perth with an impressive wall size version of the famous photo picturing the 11th Batallion on the Khufu Pyramid in Egypt taken in January of 1915. As family members of a soldier in the photo we were invited to the opening of the exhibit last week. We have felt a sweet spirit of appreciation from Joseph for our efforts to remember him. We have been touched to see the strong family resemblance in his photo. He was Keith’s Mum’s older brother whom she dearly loved.
It has been an enriching experience to locate and contribute photos and other information to his profile on the memorial website http://11btn.wags.org.au/photo-id-grid/. In the grid provided he is pictured in J-9, ID #567.