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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, April 05, 2009

A Time of Gathering

Gathering for Conference
It was a wonderful weekend, centered around the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The messages were inspiring and uplifting. We were thrilled to hear Elder Neil L. Andersen Named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Our family has had a long association with this dedicated and inspired Church leader. He was area president here in Salt Lake when Tim was Stake President. He was in the area presidency in England just before we arrived in England and then was the Executive Director of the Audiovisual Department for several years when we returned from the Bristol Mission. He was then called to serve in the area presidency in Brazil when Joseph served his mission in Campinas. Tim was able to visit Elder Andersen in that assignment when he went down to begin recording the scriptures in Portuguese. Tim visited with him on the elevator Friday, not knowing the many thoughts and feelings that must have been going on in his mind. As always Elder Andersen's focus was on the Taggart family, and especially Joseph.

A Gathering of Missionaries
The England Bristol Mission Reunion at our home on Friday evening was just great. We had dozens of missionaries with their families. We love the mission 'grandkids'. It was delightful to welcome G√ľnter Sandner from Wuppertal, Germany. We are proud of him and his beautiful family and so glad he could visit during our mission reunion. There were many missionaries attending that we had not seen for quite a while.

It was really great to have President Richard Whitehead stop in to visit us and the missionaries. He was here for conference from Virginia. Richard and Luana followed Tim and Gloria as mission president in Bristol. Our family and all of the missionaries were delighted to see him.

From the Four Corners of the World
We have been blessed with visitors gathered from all over the globe this week: Chris and Jeannie Wills from England have been here with the AV Department. Chris along with Tim, Dave Morris, Loren Ashcraft, Omar Canals and Quinn Orr are assigned as AV Area Support Managers to the various areas of the world. Each conference they meet with the area presidencies to help with their AV planning and needs. The Taggarts and the Wills family have known each other since the days in the missionfield. The Wills are such a wonderful couple.

Mike Rameriz is in town with this whole family for conference. He has been one of our great area AV producers for many years. He began his work in the Philippines, then he and his family moved to New Zealand. More about Mike next week, we get to visit with the whole family this week.

Elder Joshua Subandriyo from Indonesia dropped by to say hello this week. He is the member of the Seventy assigned to Indonesia, Cambodia, and Malaysia. What an inspiring leader and a great example.

Andy An, Qingdao China was at our home during the Saturday afternoon session of conference. He was down from Washington sorting out his university plans this week. (After 8 hours of chasing around he learned BYU dropped his masters program last week . . . two months too late for him to apply to another program!). Andy is like a brother to Joseph and to us all. He will soon be made an Elder. He reads everything he can get his hands on and is growing so much. We love him.

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