Friday, January 25, 2008


Please post your next couple of swim meets. We are due for a trip up to SLC!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Saylor May

Just thought I'd share these darling pics. Congrats to the happy fam!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

A Big Day for Closes, Hansens, and Hinckleys

Think of a cross between Bonneville Stake Conference and a temple dedication. Music arranged by Bill Evans and played by the strings; the President of the Church, two members of the Twelve and a Seventy; chairs and television monitors in every room; an office for the General Authorities to wait in, complete with snacks and drinks on starched table cloths and flowers.

Bishop and Dolly Close had a big weekend getting everything ready. Kathleen and Clark went over about to the building about 3:30 to help with final arrangements. It was flurry of activity - chairs being set up, video cabling being connected, furniture being re-arranged, and the the chapel beginning to fill.

There was some question about whether or not President Hinckley would actually make it as he was not feeling very well well. But the security men arrived about 4:00 p.m. to do final arrangements and setup. Elder Oaks and Elder Wirthlin arrived about 4:45, and President Hinckley arrived with Richard Hinckley about 4:50. They brought him in the the far east door (where a red carpet runner had been laid from the door to the parking lot) in a wheelchair and rolled him all the way down the hall to the front of the chapel; a security man on each side helped him up the two steps to the stand.

The meeting began with the congregation singing "The Spirit of God" accompanied by Elaine Sharp at the organ (who sat on the front row 69 years ago when Pres. Heber J. Grant dedicated the building) and the Garden Park Strings. Ted Evans, twice bishop of the ward, offered the invocation, after which the choir and strings performed Bill Evans' arrangement of Bless this House (arranged for the occasion). President Clark Hinckley spoke, followed by Elder Wirthlin and then Elder Oaks, all of whom were brief. President Hinckley then gave a beautiful dedicatory prayer . Following the prayer the choir, strings, and Primary children sang a special arrangement (by Bill Evans) of "We Ever Pray For Thee". There were few dry eyes. Bishop Close gave the benediction, and it was all over by 5:35.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Another Memory of Scott

At the Salt Lake Temple
Clark, Ron, Daddy Owen, Scott, Steve, Calvin
(Clark Hinckley took the photo)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Remembering Scott

March 28, 1949 - January 12, 2005

Leo A. Hansen, Jr.

Today we attended the funeral of Uncle Leo. It was a wonderful service. Verl gave the invocation; Eric and Debbie spoke; and the concluding speaker was Leo's young bishop, Ben Behunin, who wore a bow-tie that Leo had given him!

Leo was buried in the Salt Lake City cemetery. Daddy Owen dedicated the grave, after which members of the armed forces removed and folded the flag over Leo's coffin in an impressive ceremony. It was a snowy but sunny day.

Monday, January 7, 2008

lunch at the MOA

Hallelujah. for. family. *Jose and I had lunch today at the MOA. It was such a relief to know that amidst the overwhelming (to a new BYUer) scurry of the Ants to the Mother Hole, 11am lunch with someone familiar and wonderful was happening. Truly. Jos and I sat at the MOA cafe (my first time, mind you) and laughed at BYU's own idiosyncracies and filled each other in on the happening of our new homes: Jose working for the Democrats (a little excitement from the fellow family Democrat), Jenni having her first full week back at work since early December, and me and my hermanas roommates. It was a great hour, and I just have to say that we really do have the greatest family.

*many a thanks to Jose for the inspiration of this post.

family portraits

Posted by JT & Lizzie Davis

One big crazy family!

post Christmas fun

Posted by Lizzie & JT Davis
January 7, 2008

After the Pocono's Christmas extravaganza . . .Mom, Dad, Joseph, Jenni, and Spencer's flights out of Newark airport got cancelled (this isn't the fun part). The fun part is that they were able to come into New York City and spend an evening at our apartment and walking around our neighborhood! We went to dinner at my favorite Thai restaurant and walked around Wall Street past the NY Stock Exchange. It was super fun for us to have so many family members visiting at one time! We love visitors, especially when it's family. Remember, as long as we're here you have a place to stay in New York City!