The Monday after Father’s Day, I watched the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s 2012 Father’s Day special that had been published less than a week earlier on YouTube. The words and music uncovered memories and feelings I had not expressed before. I hope it’s not too late now.
The new father I wish to honor held his newborn daughter in his arms and looked into her eyes with deep love and awe. As the work began of raising her, he shouldered new responsibilities while juggling his university studies, full-time work and other family needs. He carried extra laundry to the laundromat on weekly trips he and his wife made and later used the family’s limited funds to buy a washing machine.
A couple of years later, the young father held another precious newborn daughter with loving tenderness and joy. Love doubled in their home as did demands on his time and resources. After graduation, he secured a new job and moved the family into their own home. He worked at his job then tamed the weeds at home and made the yard a lovely place. He put in clothesline poles and strung the lines. A dryer was out of the question.
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As the Boulder County Fourmile Fire donation center at 3111 28th Street closes today and volunteers and victims are directed to the distribution center at 5395 Pearl Street, I reflect on the tremendous support I’ve witnessed for victims.
On Fri., Sept. 10, the first day the center was open, a small army arrived close to 8 a.m. Mormon Helping Hands volunteers wearing their yellow vests from Boulder and Longmont stakes, geographical subdivisions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, volunteers from other faiths, Army personnel of some sort, business associates and individuals set up tables. They posted signs to aid in sorting, received bags of donations, formed a “bucket brigade” to unload trucks, sorted clothes by age and gender and fulfilled many other tasks. Continue reading
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We’re not in as much need as New York City in the 1984 made-for-TV movie “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” starring Mickey Rooney. The city had no Christmas spirit and Annie Potts’ character, a reporter, couldn’t find one uplifting story for the Christmas Eve newscast.
However, reporters have brought us lots of hard-to-receive news this year. So, it was nice to hear an upbeat story focusing on the true meaning of Christmas on Sun., Dec. 13. Chris Denham, a husband and father of two young children, started out his talk to a Broomfield congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by quoting the English poet, Christian Rossetti. Continue reading
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