Happy Belated 4th of July! There are so many things to be grateful for during this holiday. I always remember a scripture about this country I live in, “Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ.” (Ether 2:12, The Book of Mormon). Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone said, “What a wonderful heritage we could leave to our youth if we could just kindle in them the fires of freedom that our fathers kindled in us. I love this great land; I honor the great founding fathers; I’m proud to be an American. I cannot sing “America” without tears coming to my eyes and without chills running up and down my back. When I stand with my hand over my heart and sing our national anthem, I’m so proud I can hardly stand it. When I think of all the noble men who gave their lives for this land, then I feel a sacred resolve well up within me and I know that we must stand fast. We are the nation’s watchmen…” (But Watchman, What of the Night, 1975) This is so true! This is how I felt at the Stadium of Fire when the National Anthem was being sung. I am so grateful to be an American! I love my country! I’m grateful for the people in this country that do serve Jesus Christ. I hope, as a nation, we can move towards God instead of away from Him.
On the Fourth, Josh’s family was in Wyoming at a family reunion. My parents celebrated the Fourth on the 3rd and had a delicious family dinner. By the time the Fourth came around, everyone seemed partied out. So Josh and I decided to host a barbecue on the 4th. After all, it is an American tradition. We were a little unorthodox and decided to a Tex Mex BBQ. We served smoked chicken tacos, green chili hamburgers (courtesy of our family that lives in Pueblo, CO;)), grilled corn, and root beer floats or sinks (the ice cream melted and it was more like root beer soup). Josh is an excellent cook and grill master. 🙂 The food was delicious as usual. Josh had some struggles getting the charcoal to light because of the wind, but eventually succeeded with hand sanitizer and lighter fluid. 🙂 We hosted the party in the Woodland Hills park, it is so pretty and close to the mountains. It was a beautiful day. My parents, sister, and brother and sister-in-law came to the party. We were a small bunch but we had a lot of fun. We hit Smushballs, played can jam, and just visited. I never realized my parents were so good at Frisbee. I guess old people can surprise you ;). Josh’s parents stopped by at the end on their way back from their trip. It is so great to be with family on the holidays!