Sunday, 28 December 2014

Christmas Day 2014


We had a blast on Christmas day and although Ruth was not with us in Body
she was in our thoughts and prayers......and we made a pillow Ruthie for the day so she didn't miss out :)



                                                    

We also got the chance to Skype with Ruth or Sister Peden should I say,  we had been expecting her to get in touch on New Years day so when we got a phone call with a wee voice saying "Sister Peden"  we thought it was someone calling to speak to me   only after she repeated her name 3 times did dad finally work out it was Sister Peden calling.  We were on Skype in a flash.  It was wonderful to see her look happy, healthy and relaxed so proud to be her mum.

Thank you to everyone who shared Christmas with us and wishing you a very Happy New Year.


Papa Peden's 70th Birthday Lunch

Granny Peden
Papa Peden and his wallies

Me and my Pout 

Sean and his not so big sister

 

 decisions, decisions...

counting the seconds til the food arrives

Birthday Muffins there's muffin like it

Birthday Boy 70th Birthday

Family portrait has finally arrived

Sean & Penny

Penny, Sean, Ruth Adam and Hanna

Ruth Adam and Hanna



Panto Fun

As a boxing day treat we headed off for a meal and finally to the Pantomime to watch Beauty and the Beast.  Photos were not allowed of the actual show but we popped a few selfies of before the beginning.
 
 
Gran (Fiona Soden) Adam Peden and Dad (Sean Peden)

my Dad (Billy Soden) and Me (Penny Peden)

Me and my girl Hanna (a rare photo of a smiling girl)

 

Scripture study Tips for Dyslexics and Non Dyslexics

One of my favourite sites is the Red Headed Hostess.  She has developed a scripture study system that is easy and informative.  I have adapted some of her tips to help my children who all have dyslexia with thier scripture study.

The most simple aid for using lds scriptures is to colour the sides of the pages one colour for each set of scriptures.  This helps to identify the different sets of scripture ie The Book of mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, The New Testament and The Old Testament. 

 

Book Of Mormon Page Titles


Scripture Study Tip: Page Titles (From Red Headed Hostess)

I try and write page titles on the top of every page in my scriptures.

Page titles are just that – a title that I wrote at the top that summarizes what that page teaches about.
These are helpful and useful in several ways:
1- I can find things really quickly
2- I pick up on themes and patterns more easily
3- It is a very interesting element to scripture study. I look at each page as a general theme and gain different insights.

* This would be a great activity to do as a family as you read scriptures together. Wouldn’t it be fun to read the Book of Mormon together and decide as a family what should be written at the top of each page?
* It would also be interesting to write your own titles as a family, and then compare what each person wrote – what is the same and what is different.


A List of Book of Mormon Page Titles can be found HERE
A List of Docterine & Covenants Page Titles Can Be Found HERE







The boys bonding and building a bird table




Greenie Area - Chester, England Area. Runcorn Ward

Sister Peden's first area

Chester, England Stake. 

She served here from 3rd of December 2014.

 


Chester England Stake

Location                                  United Kingdom
Assigned Temple Preston England Temple
Creation Date June 6, 1982
Number of Congregations 6 Wards, 2 Branches


Congregations











Sister Peden’s first area is Runcorn in Halton, Cheshire.  She is serving with Sister Warren who is from Nebrasca.  She is as nervous as Sister Peden as she has just completed her own greenie training 2 days before Sister Peden arrived and now she’s the trainer.  On the 16th of December Sister Peden will be attending the temple again and then going on exchanges to Newcastle under lyne. 

On Christmas day she will be allowed a lie in to 8am which she is really excited about.
On Christmas day we were able to Skype together and it was truly great to see Sister Peden looking happy, relaxed and healthy.  One thing I have learned from that experience is to be more prepared with a list of questions to ask and to take a photograph of her on the computer to show others.
 
 

Missionary Training Centre, Preston, England



Sister Peden has successfully completed her MTC training at the Preston, England Missionary Training Centre.  Her first companion was Sister Runku from South Africa and she worked closely with sisters from Switzerland and Northern Ireland.  Her biggest challenge has been to take turns in teaching as both she and her companion are chatty so it’s hard to get a word in edgewise.  She has had experience in proselyting on the streets of Manchester, in the temple and teaching 5 non-members while in the MTC as well as experiencing different foods from around the world at the MTC canteen.

Temple Visit before entering the MTC

 
We had the pleasure to spend the evening before Ruth entered the missionary training centre in Preston Temple, England.  It was an experience we truly were blessed to share with her.
 





 
One of the last things we did together was for Sean to give Ruth a father's blessing before our goodbye's.  One of the hardest things We ever had to do   was to walk away but knew that we will all be bests for our sacrafices.
 
 

 





 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Ruth's Last Sunday Before Her Mission



Today was Ruth's last day in Irvine Ward before she leaves for her mission in England Manchester on Wednesday. We were truly blessed by the presence of Ruth's institute teachers from 2013-14,and 2014 and the YSA Missionary's who came especially to here her going away talk.


 



Ruth's Farewell Talk




Good morning brother and sister today I am going to talk about the power of examples my family is everything I am.

my mum is a crazy ,fun, planner, not words that usually words that make a sentence but my mum has taught me the truth about service though operation nice, secrete Santa , secrete agents, knock, knock leave a present and run away and many other games I can remember though out my childhood I loved hearing whispers “someone left this at my door “ lots of other family’s played this came too. Though these games my mum taught me to love everybody, to always look for opportunities to serve she taught me though her example to study the scriptures by acted them out or listening to them I would see her every night with her scriptures reading the marking them loving her time with her impotent treasure and now my scriptures are my treasures though my mum I have knowledge of the scriptures and a willingness to serve because of mum I want to go on a mission.

My dad is a strong, brave creative Viking who is also an amazing example to me not only can he make a whole armoury by hand but he was strong when told he had a tumour and when he felt weak he turn to the temple I have witness dad go through chemo and many other tests I have watch him fight to keep his job and still have time to play with my brother sister and me. Many people went through similar trials and they hit rock bottom and couldn’t find the strength to stand but my dad did for as long as I can remember my dad has been there by my side I never really thought of how hard he works to provide for us yet still be the best dad in the world. His bravery to face trails unflinching helped give me courage to rise above limitations too I have a higher English that because of my dyslexia as told my many was out of my reach and was too hard for me my dad taught me that when someone says you can’t do it my answer should be you watch me. I know going on a mission will be very hard in more ways than one but I will follow my dad’s example and be strong, brave, and creative and I can survive a mission even if I live on tomatoes sauce sandwiches just like him.

My brother and sister are energetic, inspiring and talented Hanna has always be very quick and witty but she has the most mature in our whole family she collects inspiring messages and she even writes some of her own one of my favourites is “I am no princess I don’t need saving I am a queen and I got this handle” I love this it’s just Hanna she encourages me to be the queen I may be someday today. Adam is so jumpy nothing seem to slow him down he is a boy with a purpose and he will have successes he is always diligent and give 110% and then some more I know of no time when he has falling short of his duty and despite his small size he is a spiritual giant he pushes me to be dedicated to mu saviour to do my duty With a smile to put my shoulder to the wheel.

My granny sodden is another example to me she has shown the strength to stand alone being the only one to remain strong in the gospel out of her parents and brothers and sisters it is thanks to her I am a fourth generation in the church because of her three generation of women meet at the temple and felt the presence of the fourth standing with us even with a husband outside the church she remain faithful and constantly strengths us

Over the years I have had many wonderful teachers and leaders some of you are here thank you all for sharing your testimony thank for your example to me thank you for sharing your knowledge of the saviour because of your kindness your wisdom and friendship over the years I want to follow your example and teach the knowledge and testimony I have gained.

In Timothy, we are admonished to be an example of the believers. (See 1 Tim. 4:12.) A believer is someone who follows and knows the teachings of Christ not only in his mind but also in his heart and whose actions are a witness of that belief. It isn’t easy to be an example of the believers. We don’t usually wake up in the morning and say, “Today I’m going to be an example of the believers!” Yet we can say, “Today I will be kind and thoughtful, or considerate, or honest, or whatever quality I need to work on.” And then we will try hard all day to make a conscious effort to do so. That we can do! We can live in such a way that people can look to us as their examples. To be a good example of a principle, we must not only understand it but we must live that principle. It should become such a part of our everyday living that without consciously thinking about it, the principle is reflected in the way we live. To be true examples of believers, we are first committed inwardly to the principle of Christ that our actions reflect. For example, if we are dedicated to the principle of family prayer, we as parents pray regularly with our family. Hopefully, our children will recognize our devotion and dependence on prayer and pattern their prayers after this example. The song “Love Is Spoken Here” shows the strength of a mother’s prayer as seen by her child.


I see my mother kneeling with our family each day.
I hear the words she whispers as she bows her head to pray.
Her plea to the Father quiets all my fears,
And I am thankful love is spoken here


Our beloved prophet, Ezra Taft Benson, a living example of the believers, said, “The proper example is all-important. Let us be what we profess to be. There is no satisfactory substitute.” (Improvement Era, Aug. 1948, p. 494; italics added.)We can always feel secure in looking to Christ as our perfect example. He showed us by his own life not only what we should do, but also what we are to become. “Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am.” (3 Ne. 27:27.)Jesus resisted temptations. He treated all equally. He was patient in his teaching yet bold in his condemnation of evil. He forgave the repentant, healed the sick, and served without ceasing. Among the Nephites, Christ taught many beautiful gospel principles. He instructed them to follow the commandments so they could be happy. He commanded them not to argue or fight but love one another. He taught them how to pray and said, “Behold I am the light; I have set an example for you.” (3 Ne. 18:16.)Above all, Jesus was the perfect example


I am grateful for all the examples in my life many I have not mention that are close to my heart one of which is the prophets I know that no man or women is prefect especially not me we all make mistakes but that doesn’t mean the gospel is wrong I know that this is the true church I asked now know for myself I know it’s hard to be an example but that is what we agreed to be at baptism to stand as a witness at all times in all places to take his name upon us. He will to do so every member wears a badge with the saviour name upon it just like the missionaries let us strive to have the saviour in our countenance let’s not be ashamed to be different let us not be ashamed of our saviour this world has slipped into a moral blackness but as James E foust said valuable diamonds shine brighter against a dark background. I love this gospel I love my saviour and I hope and pray I can be a worthy example of the believers in the name of Jesus Christ amen.

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