Jill Speaking on Mother’s Day

On Mothers Day 2007 Jill and I spoke in Sacrament Meeting. I am publishing Jill’s words from two years ago to celebrate Mother’s Day this coming Sunday.

Jill holding Steven 1983

Jill holding Steven 1983

You will probably be surprised to hear that I’m happy to be up here today. The main reason is that I get to sit on the soft seats instead of on the hard metal folding chairs in the back. I am also happy today because in a couple of hours I will get to talk to my son, Jake, who is on a mission down in Mexico. He called to give me the phone number yesterday and it was so good to hear his voice, even with the Spanish accent. Jake was 6’3” when he left and he thinks he has grown another couple of inches taller. He’s also grown in more important ways. I’d like to read a portion of his last email:

Mexico keeps getting funner each day. We play soccer, read the scriptures, baptize the people, and improve ourselves in the process. What more can you ask? My soccer skills are improving drastically. We sometimes play the American missionaries verses the Mexican missionaries and we have only lost once. We play every week outside of the church. My knowledge of the scriptures and how to teach from them is improving bit by bit. Studying everyday really helps improve your understanding and application. You can learn each day in a different way how the church is true.

Getting emails like this is one of the blessings from being a mother. Today I’m going to share some of the words of the prophets and others about motherhood.

In 2005, a magazine published a listing of the world’s 100 most powerful women. All the women were included because of their political, business or entertainment prominence. Motherhood was almost entirely ignored or at the very least devalued. The work that most women in the history of the world have performed and continue to perform was overlooked. Good parenting, while very challenging at times, offers great potential for happiness. Parents can experience great joy by building a strong, loving home environment and teaching gospel principles, which can help their children lead righteous, happy, and productive lives. In 3 John 1:4 we read I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

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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.