Christmas Letter 2008

Bryson after his blessing Derek and Sarah with Bryson at home

Hi Friends and Family,

Instead of mailing a Christmas letter, we decided to do something different this year and post it to our blog. We will send to friends and family the URL to this page with their Christmas cards. It has been a very busy year and here are a few highlights:

Steven and Adelaide were married in the Salt Lake temple March 11th.

Jill, Susan, Shauna, Scott, Connor and Ashley took our dad on a trip to Colorado to ride the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in April.

Flower shop at the base of our tree.

Mike, Rick, Jill, Steven, Adelaide and Paul took a trip to Zion National Park in May.

Daniel, our last child, graduated from high school after helping win the State Track Championship.

Rick and Jill celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary in August with a trip to Cedar City and the Shakespearean Festival.

Jake returned home from the Mexico City North Mission August 27th.

Sarah and Derek had our first grandchild, Bryson Henry Moss on October 6th.

The boys took a Utah Temples Tour of all thirteen Utah temples in October. Follow the story on Day 1 and Day 2 and continue through Day 3 and Day 4.

Daniel left for a mission to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia October 29th. He will be in the MTC for twelve weeks and will leave for Mongolia January 19th.

Derek got a job in Texas where they will be relocating next year. Know anyone that wants to buy their house in Kaysville?

Paul and Jake are studying for Computer Engineering degrees at the University of Utah.

Steven and Adelaide announced a baby girl is expected on Valentine’s Day.

We hope you have a very Merry Christmas,

Rick and Jill

Family photograph 2008.


  1. Hi Dad. What would you like for Christmas? Do you have a list? :)

  2. I don’t have a list, there is nothing I want. If my arm was twisted I would not object to a copy of The Joseph Smith Papers. It is sold out though. It is $50 at Deseret Book and $33 at Amazon (free shipping). It is a lot of money but I think the boys would go in on it with you. If that doesn’t work I will think of something else. You could have got me pickled onions if I didn’t already have seven jars of them. Good use of the comments, and on topic too.

  3. Merry Christmas. This is a great Christmas Card alternative. See you soon.
    Also, check out for more details on our house for sale/rent.

  4. Derek, That is a great idea to create a whole blog to list your house. I replaced the link in my post with your link.

  5. Merry Christmas to you all too. Thanks for the Merry Christmas card that we got it was very nice!

    love and a very merry Christmas,


  6. Terry Draper says

    Merry Christmas, Your grandson is a very beautiful baby! I wish you all a Merry Christmas. Love, Jill’s Cousin Terry

  7. Sherie Holst says

    I got my dad the Joseph Smith Papers at Seagull book and I found out about three days later that they were sold out. Glad I got mine when I did. One thing I didn’t know is that this book is Volume 1. How many volumes are there going to be? How many father’s day, birthdays and christmases is my dad going to get these books?

  8. Sherie, According to these are the planned volumes:

    When completed, The Joseph Smith Papers will consist of more than thirty volumes in six series: Journals, Documents, Revelations and Translations, History, Legal and Business, and Administrative. Three volumes of Joseph Smith’s journals cover the years 1832 through 1844. The Documents Series, in eleven volumes, spans 1828 to 1844. Four volumes—manuscript revelation books, other early revelation manuscripts including key Joseph Smith translation manuscripts, the Book of Mormon printer’s manuscript, and published Joseph Smith-era scripture—make up the Revelations and Translations Series. Seven volumes of history encompass the period 1805 to 1844. The Legal and Business Series has three volumes that include records of cases occurring in New York/Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. Administrative records will publish minute books and letterbooks.

    That should be good for a few years of gift giving, except they won’t be published that often.

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