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This blog is a record of events in the life of Joseph Taggart and his family since his spinal cord injury while body surfing in Guatemala in January 2006.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Speaking, Linking and Sinking with 'Good Cheer' -- 6/25/06

[Reposted with Photos]
The Savior said: "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33) That was Joseph's theme as he spoke in the Hunter East Stake Youth Conference held in Price, Utah on Friday. The Stake President and several others in the stake are family friends and co-workers, thus the invitation. The youth were spectacular, it was a terrific group gathered in the LDS Institute building on the campus of the College of Eastern Utah. Joseph did a wonderful job, touching, funny and interesting. He kept their attention and touched their hearts. They had an impact on him as well. It was also great to take the first road trip since the new year! Joseph and his Dad throughly enjoyed the trip as well as the spiritual feast with the youth.

This week the Taggart family had some wonderful friends drop by. On Monday, Mark and Lynn Lewis along with Bruce and Yvonne Aldridge came for dinner and and 'family home evening'. Mark was the Bristol England Stake President when Tim and Gloria entered the missionfield in 1997, and the Aldridges were in the same Bristol ward. Mark has been called to serve as mission president in the Philippines Laoag Mission and he and his wife entered the MTC in Provo for the Mission President Seminar this weekend. It was a wonderful evening of mission memories, shared cousel and renewing friedships. The Aldridges drove down from Alberta Canada to spend time with the Lewises before they leave for three years.
On Thursday the Portaluri family from Trieste Italy brought a letter and gift from one of our former EBM Missionaries Christina Mallardi (formerly Jonga-Prat) and her husband Matteo. We felt a kinship with these dear people who brought hugs for Joseph from across the Atlantic. We thank the Lord for the opportunity of receiving blessings in such abundance from people we love as well as those who hardly know us, but sacrifice in our behalf nevertheless.

Thursday afternoon they delivered Joseph's new motorized wheelchair. It's powerful and colorful. Joseph is working out details with them on the seating system and other issues. It will go 7 1/2 MPH on the road (Blows his hair back). We were also able to get the sink hung on the wall along with a new mirror for Joseph's room. Next week they'll finish installing the sink plumbing and the interior with be finished.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


this is your cousin Jan Castleton. This Blog business is pretty exciting for me. I am not a very good internet person but I can do this every week or too and get all the news about you Joseph, your Mom and Dad. What are cousins for except to keep track of you. Love to all of you, God Bless. Jan C.

Jul 7, 2006, 3:39:00 PM  

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