Sunday, April 28, 2013

Jay Hamann and Erin Mulkay Marry in the Los Angeles Temple

Over the last three years I have been studying marketing at Brigham Young University-Idaho. I have one more semester here until I finish. I am pretty excited for that. I am currently working on getting a job in Orlando once iI graduate, and hopefully be able to live in my beloved Polk County yet again. 
Some other exciting news is that I had the privilege of marrying my sweetheart Erin Mulkay in the Los Angeles Temple.  This happened on the 13th of April. We are extremely happy. She is about to finish her degree in math education here at BYUI as well. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Millers, Russ and Karen, to Serve in Fresno, California

We report to the MTC Monday, April 29 and we are going to the California Fresno Mission and will be living in Modesto, California.  We are so excited because that is just at the base of the Sierras, very close to Yosemite and other places we enjoyed over the years. 

It is very different for Senior Couples now.  The mission will be leasing our apartment and furnishing it completely (right down to the kitchen sponge.)  We will be able to move right in and start working.  In fact, we are not even going to Fresno for awhile.  Our Zone Leaders will meet us and get us oriented to the mission.  There is no way it will compare with Florida and the close friendships we made there, but we are looking forward to new experiences that will be memorable in their own way and people we will cherish.  We thnk of you often and are grateful for the time we spent working together.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sister Dorothy Erdman Contines to Inspire Us

Thank you for keeping in touch.  I have many happy memories of our Florida missions & enjoy hearing news of others we knew there.  I am enjoying my new home with daughter Lisa & her family of 8 children.  Living together required a move to a larger house, so when I sold our Oregon home I added the money to Lisa & David's & we bought a beautiful big home which fits all of us nicely.  I have my own very comfortable quiet quarters.

We've had an exciting month.  A granddaughter left for a mission in Honduras, a grandson came home from a California Spanish speaking mission & his sister left today for a mission in Seattle.  This last Sunday our son Kimball (who has 7 children) was called to be bishop of his ward in Arkansas & I was able to fly there for the weekend to share that experience.  I'm sure that Kim was looking down from above with that big smile on his face, pleased and proud of his son as I am.

I am so grateful to be a member of the true Church of Jesus Christ, for the pattern it gives us for our lives and for the knowledge we have of the eternal nature of the family.  It gives us purpose and meaning in this life and hope for the future.  Only in following this gospel plan can we have true happiness.

John Speirs Finishes M.S. in Applied Physics

I have finished a M.S. in Applied Physics from the Colorado School of Mines and am currently working as an introductory physics instructor both face-to-face at Arapahoe Community College and online at a college and a state university. I am working to go back for a Ph. D. in Physics, probably with an emphasis in Physics Education.
I'm living in a super awesome place in Wheat Ridge, CO

Trevor Andreasen Marries Jordan Cox in Orlando Temple

I just got married on March 28th in the Orlando temple to Jordan Cox. We met here at BYU and it turns out she is from Auburndale FL on the lakeland stake which is one of 2 stakes I never served in. We are living in UT and I am finishing up on finals then headed to Las Vegas for an open house. Then cruise in May and my wife's sisters wedding at the end of May. Happily married for time and all eternity. Loving life and just found out I will be a pilot in the air force as soon as I graduate which will be in Aug 2014 then headed to training. Love you Coltons! 
Elder retired Trevor Andreasen 

Isaiah Benally Studies Crimminal Justice and Forensic Science

Elder Benally (now Isaiah Benally) I thought I'd let you know what I'm up to. I've been working at the Provo temple as a veil worker for the past semester. I'm going back to Arizona on the 25th but when I come back this fall I'll be working at the temple again. I'm still in Criminal Justice with a  minor in forensic science. I was also accepted in Phi Kappa Phi honors society. I've considering going to BYU law school after I graduate. Otherwise things have been going really well. Challenging but still nice. I hope you're doing well.

The Tufts in Gdansk, Poland

We are happily serving a second mission in Gdansk, Poland (The Prussian city of Danzig).  We have a small branch here.  We love the people here and are struggling mightily to learn to speak Polish.  I have attached a few pictures, one of the senior missionaries here in Poland and one of the six missionaries in Gdansk and President and Sister Nielson.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Letter from the Coltons

                                                       President Colton's domestic side.

24 April 2013

Dear FTM Missionaries,

                  It has been some time since we communicated with you as a group.  We trust that you are progressing well in your education, life’s work and if the time is right for you, in your special relationships and your family.  It is pure joy for us to hear from you and learn first hand what you are doing.  We greatly enjoy updates, pictures, announcements;  all things relating to your lives.  Since we rarely go on Facebook, we have to use the tools of the caveman to get our information.  So be mindful of us.

                  As usual, April conference was a spiritual and directional uplift for us.  We are grateful for men and women inspired to guide us as the world is changing in many ways; some good and some not so good.  To see the faith and integrity of many like yourselves who are unmoved as right is abused and twisted to look wrong and wrong is twisted to look right, we take heart.  “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

                  We hope you will take a moment from time to time to peek into the blog.  We keep posting some information but there will be a lot more if you send your information to Sister Colton.  So many good things are happening in your lives that we are sure your former companions would love to hear about it.  And not just on Facebook!

                  Our email addresses for all of you are incomplete.  Many of our missionaries who returned home after we returned are not on my file.         The blog address is:      Please forward it to anyone you think might have an interest in the blog.  There are some recent posts, and you need to find out who is getting married and who has just paid a recent visit to Washington DC.  and a face from the past for you to identify.   Leave us a comment.  If you have an e-mail address that changes, please let us know that also.

                  The Colton’s are doing well.  President Colton is still trying to solve the country’s housing finance problems and was recently made a sealer in the Washington DC Temple.  If any of you choose this temple to be married and sealed, he would love to be part of it.  Sister Colton is also a temple worker and very busy being a grandmother and preparing to publish a children’s book about her great, great grandmother from Denmark.

We send our love to each of you,

President and Sister Colton
936 Spring Hill Rd.
McLean, Va   22102

Monday, April 22, 2013

Coltons Checking in With You

This is the front cover of the first edition of The Era of Youth.  Who do you think that handsome boy is?

Brandon Clifford and Camille Mackay to Wed

Brandon Clifford and Camille Mackay have chosen the fifteenth of June to marry in the Oquirrh Mountain Temple.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Tucker Johnson and Haley Frame to Wed

Tucker Johnson and Haley Frame have set May 11, 2013 to wed in the Los Angeles Temple.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Jessica and Mark Keleman Visit DC

Mark, Baby James and Jessica visited us at our home this month.  They were here to visit Mark's brother who is at the BYU center in DC.  They are happy and well.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Parker Ryan McEntire is Born

Dan and Heather McEntire welcome Parker Ryan to their family.  Parker was born on February 28th, 2013 weighing 6 lbs. 3 oz. and was 19 inches long.

Kathryn Lily Kesler is Born

A baby daughter, Kathryn Lily, was born on March 23, 2013 to Steven and Virginia Kesler.  She weighed in at 7 lbs. 8 oz and was 19 inches long.  I am honored that she will be called by my name.