Many years ago I received my patriarchal blessing. In it their was no specific mention of me someday marrying or having a family of my own, as I had seen in some other people's blessings. I was somewhat confused, because that was among the most important things in the world to me. I thought about it often. I wondered if it somehow implied, that I would die young, or that no young woman would ever consider marrying me, or that for some reason I would not be blessed with a posterity. Yet there were many other great and important blessing mentioned. I received a mission call a while after I had received my blessing and many of the promised blessings were, to one degree or another, fulfilled as a missionary or at least in some of my church callings throughout the years. There was one small, rather obscure phrase which did not, at the time, reach the depth of my understanding. It said something to this affect: "You go forth from a small kingdom presided over by your father to build a kingdom which will not diminishes his, but will greatly add to it." Since our marriage and life together, I have come to a greater understanding of that phrase. The above photo, which was taken at our Family Reunion this summer, was given to us yesterday by Philip and Megan as a "home warming gift" for our new place here in Logan. In it I see the fulfillment of the prophecy given in my patriarchal blessing beginning to take shape. Thank you, Philip and Megan, and all of the family. Nothing in the world gives me more satisfaction than to know I have a family and that we will have that family relationship in the eternities, if we can but love one another and honor the covenants we have made with each other and the Lord. Nothing in the world could be more heart wrenching than to see our wonderful family torn apart by yielding to Satan's influence. My heart is full and overflowing with gratitude for each of you and the way you lead your lives. If there is ever anything that enters your minds or causes you to act in such a way that the unity displayed in this family photo might be jeopardized please, please, do not allow it to happen. None of us are perfect. Individually we will never become what we were intended to become, only as a family unit. Rene is really right. "We may not have it all together, but together we have it all." Tears of gratitude stream down my cheeks as I contemplate my/our blessings. May we never forget who we are, or shirk our duty to God, or one another, and all we come in contact with. My love for all of you is unbounded. My feelings of gratitude extend beyond my ability to describe them. All I can say is: Thanks for being you, and allowing me to be a part of your lives. I love you all, always and forever.