Sunday, July 24, 2011

Dear Brooks,

Today we went to Grandma and Grandpa Kjar's ward for church. :)
Daddy grew up in that ward so many people know of his amazing voice.
Being that today is Pioneer Day here in Utah (celebrating the trek of Mormon pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley back in the 19th century), Dad was asked to sing a solo in church..."Come, Come Ye Saints." He did a beautiful job! I was so proud to be sitting with you on my lap, and to be listening to my sweet husband (your sweet Daddy) bare his testimony through song. The Spirit was so strong...especially during the last verse...Collene (the amazing pianist) stopped playing and Daddy sang these words a cappella:

"And should we die before our journey's through,
Happy day! All is well!
We then are free from toil and sorrow, too;
With the just we shall dwell!
But if our lives are spared again
To see the saints their rest obtain,
O how we'll make this chorus swell,
All is well! All is well!"

In every footstep, those pioneers showed God that they were ever-faithful, they were dedicated, and they loved Him with all of their hearts. They were willing to sacrifice anything and everything for Him. Brooks, we are so blessed to live in a time and place where we have religious freedoms in our beautiful country, and when the church is growing and spreading throughout the world. Those inspiring pioneers blazed the trail for us.

I love you forever sweet boy!! And I'm so grateful that we can look to those pioneers and be inspired to be better!

Love always,


Gentri said...

I'm so sad I'm missing Pioneer Day! It's one of my favorites!! This is such a beautiful post!

thatjordangirl said...

I was in choir with Adam, I agree he has an amazing voice, and that song is beautiful. How amazing to share that moment with your family and little Brooks!

Britney said...

Today commemorates such a reverent day for our church. And how fitting that pioneer day is on a Sunday this year!
How awesome that Adam sang a solo today! Adam and I sang in a double quartette today for sacrament and it was great. That's so cool both our Adams are good singers!

Shay said...

Reading that last verse gives me chills- have you guys seen the movie 17 Miracles? You would love it!

Drew {Coral Cafe} said...

This is just too sweet! Brooks will look back on these posts one day and marvel at what incredible parents he has with such great faith!!

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