Tuesday, March 20, 2012

In Memory of Robert LaVell Golding (1940 - 2012)

Robert LaVell Golding passed from this life at the age of 71 on March 18, 2012. Cancer can be difficult, but Robert handled its challenges valiantly and without complaint, always caring for his family. Born October 21, 1940, the second of five children, to Marion LaVell Golding and Crystal Golding, he grew up in Wellington, Utah.
A graduate of Price High School, he attended Carbon County College, before relocating to Salt Lake City. It was in Salt Lake City that he met his future wife, Shirley Klinger. They were married on October 1, 1960 and were later sealed in the Las Vegas Temple. They recently celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on October 1, 2010, surrounded by their family of four children, thirteen grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren.
Robert excelled in athletics. He played football and was a member of the wrestling team at Price High School and at Carbon County College; he enjoyed the challenge, hard work and teamwork. As an adult, he took up skiing and golf, excelling at both.
He loved sports, waterskiing, boating, golf, family gatherings and activities. Professionally, he was a Sales and Marketing Manager at Pepsi Cola Company in Salt Lake City, Utah and a Sales and Marketing Executive at CBS in Las Vegas, NV.
A dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in many leadership positions and recently served a mission as a member of the Puerto Princesa Philippines Mission Presidency. He loved the missionaries he worked with and he built meaningful relationships with the local leaders and members. He loved the Philippine People.
He was loved and respected by those he associated with; family, neighbors and friends, they brought much joy and pleasure to this life. He touched and blessed many lives with his love, concern, devotion and service, most especially his family.
Robert is survived by his wife Shirley, children Jack (DeAnne) of Mukilteo, Washington; Kathy (Steve) Chapman of Sandy, Utah; Brad (Kerry) of Denver, Colorado and Bart of Aurora, Colorado; his grandchildren Justin, Mark, Wendy, Jared, Jenny, Heather, Robert, Preston, Amy, Amanda, Ryan, Tyler, Austin; and 34 great grandchildren; he is also survived by his sisters LouJean (Ellis) Willson and Louise (Leland) Willson, and many nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in death by his loving parents Marion LaVell and Crystal Golding, his brother Kent Golding and brother Christen Golding.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 23rd at the Sandy Utah Crescent Ridge Stake Center, 1265 East 11000 South, Sandy, Utah. Friends and family may call from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 22nd at Memorial Estates, 3115 East 7800 South Salt Lake City, Utah and at the Stake Center from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be at Memorial Estates.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Elder Joseph Spangler Returns

Elder Joseph Spangler, son of Jennifer and Frank Spangler, returned home last month from his Korea Seoul Mission.  Elder Spangler's family moved into our ward during his mission.

We were privileged to hear him speak to us for the first time on Sunday, the 11th, where we learned that not only was his mission, "the best two years", but the "most wonderful two years."

Elder Spangler spoke to us about the correlation between charity and missionary work. He taught that Charity it like the Swiss Army knife of the Gospel.  It gives us the ability to go, open the door and reach out to others.  He also gave several examples of how this happens throughout the scriptures and from his mission.

He taught from a message given by Elder C. Max Caldwell concerning Charity and the phrase, the "love of Christ" having several dimensions.
1.  Love for Christ. This is showing our love for Christ by looking forward to and attending our church meetings and desiring always to learn more of Him.
2.  Love from Christ.  This is the love that God shows us through the blessing of the Atonement and all other blessings we receive.
3.  Love like Christ.  This is when we work to help others achieve their love of Christ.  

We learned that Charity isn't only service.  Charity is patience, knowledge that helps others and Christlike attributes such as humility and diligence.

1 Peter 4:8 says, "And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves:  for charity shall cover the multitude of sins".  Elder Spangler pointed out that the JST for this scripture says, "for charity preventeth a multitude of sins". Not only is charity the key that builds the gospel but it helps prevent mishaps in the future.

Charity, the love for people, allows shy missionaries to open their mouths.  It prepares us to help our fellow brother.

Welcome Home and Well Done Elder Spangler!  We are grateful for your words and that you have returned home safely.  We are blessed to have you and your family in our ward.  

Friday, March 9, 2012

Happy Birthday Relief Society

On Thursday, March 8th, the Bloomington 7th Ward sisters celebrated the Birthday of Relief Society.

A yummy baked-potato bar, a lesson on the history of Relief Society in St. George and a musical performance by the Five Strings, were all on the agenda for the evening.

After a wonderful meal, the sisters were treated to a visit from a St. George pioneer, represented by our own Sis. Dori Wilkerson.  She gave a brief, well prepared and entertaining history of the Relief Society in Dixie.  Aren't we lucky that we don't grow silk worms under our beds for Enrichment?

Our history lesson was followed by a performance of 5 young talented children all from the same family, called The Five Strings.  A local group, these violinists played a little of everything.  Talisa, Tavia, Tiana, Trevin and little Tiarra, kept us all toe tapping and clapping while they marveled us for more than a few numbers.  What a treat for the sisters.

Thank you to the Relief Society Presidency and those who participated in this event.  We appreciate your hard work on the food and program. We are truly blessed to be a part of this inspired organization of sisterhood, the Relief Society.