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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, October 01, 2006

Massive Service, Mission Memories, and Marvelous Conference -- 10/3/06

The LDS 176th Semiannual General Conference was just amazing. The highlight of an incredible week.
On Wednesday the youth of the neighboring Westlake 9th Ward began their project of making our back yard a nice place for Joseph. Several young men came and started the work in preparation for the invasi0n of dozens of beautiful and talented youth on Thursday. What an inspiration! This is the hope of the Church and America. These kids could do ANYTHING they set their minds to! In a couple of hours they had completely redone the backyard in preparation for landscaping, including moving the shed to make room for putting in a sprinkler system. This is truly HomeMakeOver Mormon Edition! They enjoyed visiting with Joseph and he really enjoyed and appreciated them.

Friday was our England Bristol Mission Reunion. This is the first time we've done it at our home. It was so great to see everyone. There were many who called who were unable to come. We had Mark Thistleton come over from England, Bro. and Sis. Epps from Wales, and a multitude of others from here in Utah as well as out of state. It was so much fun to have so many of the mission grandkids here as well. Joseph really enjoyed everyone and vice versa.
The final highlight for the week was the visit from Joseph's mission president and mission mom James and Barbara McCarrey. They are a wonderful couple and are much loved by their Taggart missionary! He was so pleased and honored that they would stop by. They live in Alaska and had a very short time in Utah before returning home. There is nothing that binds hearts together like service-- serving each other, serving others together, and being served by others.


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