Saturday, November 27, 2010

Farewell to East Lansing

Thomas has been in such a nice situation in the Living Center directly across the street from Michigan State for over 3 months now serving in the Williamston area. As the week begins he'll be transfered to a new area, St. Joseph and I thought it might be nice to bid farewell with a few pictures. Elder Mabey has had three different companions while in this area and learned a lot about how to serve the Lord in the beautiful state of Michigan! He has come to love the PEOPLE that he's been serving, all ages and ethic groups. He also reports he's fine tuned his basketball shot, loved attending the Michigan State/Purde football game and thrilled to have seen the Sigma Chi house on campus.

However, he is anxious to move on to where the Lord will have him serve next which is along the shores of Lake Michigan and reported to have good oppertunities for missionary work!

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If you want to send him an email, his address hasn't changed. It's thomas dot mabey @ When we get his new address I'll pass it along, he loves any news from home.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Grandpa Mabey dedicates the "Birthplace of South Jordan" monument

You may have heard that Grandpa Mabey dedicated a new historical monument called the "Birthplace of South Jordan." It was a very nice occasion and an honor for Grandpa. The monument is located just south of 10600 South along the river bottoms in the River Park development on the Market Street Grill property. You will all have to stop by sometime.

The bricks are from an old Oakeson farm building. The monument depicts the very first pioneer settlements in South Jordan, the White Fawn Flour Mill that existed on the site, and the early native Americans:

I took pictures of the dedication and Grandpa but unfortunately my photos that day for some reason didn't work. So you'll just have to look at a picture Cristie insisted I post. -- Bye -- John

PS: This is my first blog post ever, so please forgive any problems.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Grand to be in Grand Rapid's

Grand Rapids has certainly been living up to it's name during the last several weeks for Elder Mabey and Elder Barney. Thomas has decribed Elder Barney as someone that knows how to work when he is suposed to and knows how to have a good time at the right times. They seem to be doing a GRAND job. Maggie Emgach was baptized Saturday, July 10th and Thomas conferred the Holy Ghost on Sunday. I his words "I haven't been that happy in a long time . . . it was sweet."

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"We keep seeing miracles all the time. . . Blessings are all around me. If you don't count your blessing you wont know you have them."

Monday, June 14, 2010

Elder Mabey says Good Bye To Big Rapids

We got a letter from Thomas today that said he was being transfered to the second largest city in Michigan. He isn't sad to leave Big Rapids, but he recognizes that he learned valuable lessons in the three months he was there. He loved his last companion, Elder Hunt. They worked hard and had fun while they were doing it. Here is a quote from his letter:

It’s crazy how hard it is to get people to pick up the book and read it. That’s how Dawn was this transfer. She said that she believed in everything we were saying besides Joseph Smith, but she wouldn’t read the Book of Mormon because she knew it wasn’t true. It’s hard to tell people what they are missing out on without offending them. In the future I plan on emphasizing the question "what if it were true? How important would that be for you?" it really is a crazy story. Everything about Mormonism is nuts. I know because I have researched a bunch of other religions. That’s why it’s so important to know if it’s true so you're not just wasting your time with some bogus story. Because if Joseph Smith really saw what he said he did, then that means Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that his church is again on the earth. And all revelations given since that time are true as well- pretty intense stuff. And that being true it means that as members of the church we have a huge responsibility to spread the gospel, which literally means good news, to everyone that will listen.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Michigan Missionary

Who ever coined the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words" was right. We got the first pictures from Thomas and it opened my eyes as to what really goes on in the MTC and to where he is in Michigan. For those of you who have already lived the mission experience, this will not be new, but you might enjoy the JOY on the faces.

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It's easy to see that the mission hasn't taken the fun out of Thomas. He is spreading the good news of the gospel as well.
If you want to read his letters and you haven't been getting them,
let me know and I'll add you to the list.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Adding Photos

I wanted to add photos of the knee immobilizer to my comment about it so you can see that Grandpa had it as a constant companion, except we don't have a photo of it with his PJ's. It was worn consistently for three different 6-week periods --each time he dislocated his hip-- a total of 18 weeks in 2009. I'm glad I didn't have to wear it! I thought it bad enough that I had to strap it on and take it off! Hope better days are on the way for 2010!


After the year we've experienced at our house we are looking to have a better one in 2010. We did learn some new things, like calling ambulances and ER routines, but they kept repeating themselves so we need something else to think about.

Because we should never stop learning, I am trying out this Blog. It appears that the other people on here tried it at least once. It looks to be rather neglected so it will be a good place to practise.

I hope we have seen the last of the knee immobilizer, but need to keep it as a reminder of how thankful we are that it is no longer needed.