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Charlotteís Busmanís Holiday in Oakland, California
Spiritual Moments

Spiritual Moments

Oaklands California, LDS Temple

I left Phoenix on this trip hoping that I would have a chance to go to the Oakland Temple and participate in the work there since that was where John and I and Johnny, Tina, Stephanie and Elisabeth were sealed as a family for time and all eternity in March of 1977 Ė just about 24 years ago to the same month. I renewed my Temple Recommend before I left and did indeed have the opportunity to spend an evening there. It was a cloudy day and I took this picture just before I went in. I think itís rather a nice one. When I came out a gentle rain was falling, but the night was clear . I stood on the side of the hill and looked at the lights of the City and the Bay, just like John and I did that one time in 1977. The Session in the Temple was a significant one and spiritually strengthening. I felt Johnís presence close by and, in essence, renewed my covenants with him as I stood on the grounds outside the House of the Lord.

Paradise, California

I had a wonderful weekend in Paradise, California, where we used to live. I spent my time with Novene Ward, the woman who is more than like a mother to me. Her husband, Willis, died just a little over a year ago and we both went, two old widows I said, to the cemetery where we dug up our husbands. No, really Ė the turf had grown over the headstones so Novene gave me a trowel and a fork, and we did a little spot of gardening. I said to Novene that Iím glad we werenít doing this work in the dark, or we might be accused of repeating the exploits of Burke and Hare, (infamous Edinburgh grave robbers for those of you who might not be among the initiated). But Iím seriously considering taking a shovel with me the next time, because Johnís was a real mess.

John's grave

Iím proud of John and his service to his country during his short life span, and his time spent on board the USS Oxford in Vietnam 1966-1967.

A twig I brought back from Johnís tree.

A twig I brought back from Johnís tree.



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