Thursday, May 28, 2009

A Tribute to Truman Madsen

Truman Madsen passed away this morning. He was such an amazing man. I have a special place in my heart for him. I will never forget meeting him at a time in my life when I was struggling. I will never forget the love that emanated from him. Also when he looked into my eyes and started talking to me I knew that everything was going to work out. All though we mourn his passing here on earth, can you just imagine the celebrations that are happening on the other side? I can imagine him sitting with Joseph and Hyrum Smith, and all of the prophets that he has studied so much about. Truman Madsen has helped my love of Church history grow so much! I love watching his DVD's on the early years of the Church. I have been blessed to have met such an amazing man!

Here is the article about his death from LDS Living:

Truman Madsen, well known LDS scholar and educator, died this morning after a long battle with cancer.

Madsen, a grandson of Heber J. Grant, was born in 1926 in Salt Lake City. He developed an interest in his Church heritage at a young age and would eventually become a recognized expert on Joseph Smith and one of the most popular lecturers among Church members on LDS topics.

After serving a mission in Canada and studying at the University of Utah and the University of Southern California, Madsen received his Master of art and PhD in history and philosophy of religion from Harvard University. Part of his legacy includes his work with leaders of other religions to better understand Mormonism.

A prolific author, Madsen has written numerous books, including Eternal Man and Christ and the Inner Life. He contributed to the five-volume Macmillan Encyclopedia of Mormonism and served as an editor for the project.
His most recent project took a similar vein his DVDs called On Sacred Ground, with this series devoted to walks in the Holy Land. The DVDs, called The Eternal Christ, include Madsen’s deep insights into and testimony of the Savior’s life. They are scheduled to be released this summer.

He served in the Church as a bishop, stake president, president of the New England Mission, and executive assistant of the Temple Square visitor’s center. Most recently, he served as the patriarch of the Provo Utah Sharon East Stake. He also served previously as director of the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies.

“Truman Madsen mastered the weighty matters, the themes of eternity, in a far-reaching range of interests: philosophy, scriptures, Jerusalem, Joseph Smith, and temples,” said D. Kelly Ogden, a friend and former associate director of the Jerusalem Center. “He has left deep impressions in ‘lives without number,’ in a worldwide context—as a professor, guest lecturer, commentator and writer, as a stake president, a mission president, as director of BYU's Jerusalem Center, and especially in his key roles as husband and father. The legacy of his brilliant mind and fervent spirit will live on for generations to come.”

Peter Johnson, who worked closely with Madsen on several projects, including On Sacred Ground and the upcoming The Eternal Christ, recalled Truman’s unique traits. “One of the things I will always remember is his humor and compassion. Everyone who knew him thought they were his best friend. And that tremendous love just reached out and touched any individual he had dealings with,” he said. “He was such Christ-like man.”

“Truman really is an amazing man," he concluded. "He is one-of-a-kind a man of tremendous intellect combined with faith and testimony. I’m so thankful that I was privileged to spend the intimate creative time that I did with such a profound thinker and man of God.”

Madsen and his wife, Ann Nicholls Madsen, are the parents of four grown children.
LDS Living, Inc.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The gorgeous Oregon Coast

Here are the pictures from yesterday of our drive through Bend to Eugene. We stopped in Redmond, Nick's second area it was way fun. Here is the picture of the post office where he droped off my letters and packages. It was so much fun to see the places that he told me about in all of the letters in person.

After we drove through Redmond we drove to Sisters, it is a small little town a lot like Park City or Jackson Hole. It was so fun there. I loved it there! We stopped a long the way at Sahalie Falls, it was breath taking! It was a beautiful drive. Here are some of the pictures.

Today we went to church in the two wards that Nick served in, in Eugene. It was way fun. It was amazing to me, to see that no matter where you go in the world where the gospel is, the church is always the same. Church was wonderful! I enjoyed it very much. After church we made our way to our hotel that we will be staying at until next Sunday. We are right on the coast, it is amazing! The drive was gorgeous. And the hotel is beautiful. We have a huge window that takes up almost the whole wall that looks out over the ocean! I love it! And there is about 130 stairwell down to the beach, we walked down there when we got here and it was very windy and cold, but beautiful. Here are the pictures.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Long drive, bugs, and Bend

We arrived in Oregon yesterday at about 3:30 pacific time. After driving for about 12 hours. Surprisingly the drive was really nice, we had perfect weather and almost no traffic. Although, I hate to admit that were many deaths along the way. Here are the pictures of the damage that was done.

Once we got to our hotel we went to Redmond, Nick's second area on his mission. It was so much fun seeing all of the places that I had heard about. We stopped by his apartment, the popular pizza place, and a coffee shop called Dutch Bros that has the most amazing smoothies! The pizza was delicious and the smoothie was one of the best that I have ever had.
Here is the door to our hotel, and this is what is across the street, we started laughing when we read what it was.
Today we will be driving to Eugene, the part where Nick spent most of is mission. I will post more pictres when we get to our hotel tonight.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

New Hair Cut!!!!

So, I decided that it was time for me to get my hair cut. I decided that I wanted a change, so after not getting it cut short since I was in 8th grade, I wanted a change. So, here are the before and after pictures, let me know what you think.

Friday, May 1, 2009

What do you think?

So as I was looking through pictures today and my friend pointed out that me and my niece looks a lot like I did when I was her age, what do you think?

A trip down memory lane...

So it's been a while, I'm pretty much just a big slacker when it comes to blogging. I'm trying to do better. But anyways, I was looking at some pictures today and it was very much a trip down memory lane. Here are some of my favorites.

Being in Primary Childrens because I had the flu...

My awesome trip to Chicago, posing with Superman and going tracting with my cousin who was on her mission!

High school dances, choir tour, birthdays, graduation

Going to Hawaii and Oakcrest

I love these of me and my grandpa! I loved it when he would push me in his tire swing!

Bear Lake....Oh how I miss you!!!!

Disneyworld was such a fun trip!!!

One of the first times holding my wonderful nephew Tyson!!! I love that boy!!!

I hope you like these pictures, they are just a few of the many memories I have.