Monday, September 24, 2012

A Glorious Christmas

We feel so blessed to be representatives of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ This year's Christmas
It was very meaningful for us as we more fully realize all our Savior has done for us and all mankind. He loves us so much and fills each day with his Spirit that we feel as we love and serve some of His choice children. We are so blessed! We were filled with a happiness that is Eternal as we witnessed 3 wonderful children be baptized on Christmas Eve at the Mesa View Ward.

Christmas with the FAMILY and FRIENDS is always a treat!

We always start the holidays with our gingerbread house celebration.
Izzy got to do her gingerbread house with her daddy in the computer room so others wouldn't get sick
The neighbors (Cecil, me, Jean and Barbara) celebrated the holiday with June Merkel at the Sunrise at Huntington Beach Resthome

A special holiday meal and off to the Newport Stake Christmas Concert!  So much fun!!
  We love the kids' performances for the holiday at Kaiser Elementary.
Cherish sang so well!
AND then there is Christmas Day with all the excitement of the Grandkids!
 It's all about a BABY, born to save the world!  and the children help us remember how patient and loving and teachable we all need to be in our lives.

                          David, Briana and Ryan came from Fresno to enjoy the day with us.
                                      Mike, Tyna and Brian as the "wall of family" watches!
                                                 Chela and Jose enjoy the moment, too.

The Past Year at a Glance ~ BAPTISMS

Our fellow senior couple: Elder and Sister Anderson are assigned to the Mesa View Ward and their first baptism was a spectacular spiritual experience.  Held at the Argueta's pool Cheryl Day and Susan Roatch were both baptized on 28 January 2012.

Natalie Villanueva was baptized 14 January 2012 by Elder Tolland. His companion Elder Faamasuli was a favorite Elder in the Costa Mesa II Ward/aka College Park Ward
Martin Santana was the first baptism we attended in our ward, the Fullerton 6th.  Elder Larsen baptized him on 18 December 2011.  He and Elder Tinti were great examples to us as we started our Mission.  We truly love them.

Elder Larsen again baptized a new member, Eli Pedro Gallegos, into La Iglesia de JesuCristo de los Santos de Los Utltimas Dias ~ Fullerton 6 on 29 January 2012.
Jessica Estrada became a member of the Fullerton 6 when our obispo Rene Disner baptized her 5 Febrero 2012.
Our best friends, Cory and Lina Wolfe baptised their son Seanne N. Wolfe on 25 February 25, 2012 in the Mesa View Ward.
Two new members of the Fullerton 6 Ward  were baptized on 8 April 2012.  Ana Itzel Gatica by Elder Robinson   ....   and
Carmen Garcia Ortiz was baptized by her friend and neighbor Michael Montes on 8 April 2012, also.
Rosa Estrad Ortiz was baptized into the Fullerton 6 Ward 27 Mayo 2012 by Elder Ortiz.. not in this picture but in the picture above. 
A very special baptism occurred for our sweet granddaughter Madelyn Call in Clearfield, Utah on May 5, 2012.  As Senior Couple Missionaries we are truly blessed to be allowed to attend special family events away from our area of assignment.  She was baptized by her grandfather Stephen Pulsipher.

C.J. (Christopher Joshua) Ganiere was baptized in our home ward College Park by his father Chris Ganiere on 2 June 2012.

Our golden contact, Humberto Torrebanca Hernandez, was baptized by Elder Ollerton on 3 Junio 2012. 
Humberto's family, his brother David and sister-in-law Daycire Sierra (Daisy), were baptized on 24 Junio 2012. Daisy was baptised by Elder Larsen and David was baptized by Elder Ollerton.  I got to hold their darling baby, Marvin.
Fullerton 6 was blessed again by the baptism of Victor Hugo Romero on 1 Julio 2012 by our fabulous Elder Larsen.  This was the week before he was transferred.  He is still in our zone and  continues to be a sterling example of what a missionary should be and do.
Elder Ollerton also transferred to another ward but continues to teach and convert members of his new ward, Anaheim 11, to Las Iglesia de JesuCristo de los Santos de las Ultimas Dias.  He baptized Rachel Fuentes 2 Septiembre 2012.  What a great missionary he is!!