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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, January 31, 2010

When in Rome

Halloween in Rome
As mentioned in previous posts (seeTie Tacks, Pumpkin Acts and Travel Facts) Tim traveled to Europe the end of October recording languages adaptations for The Restoration. His first stop was in Rome for business meetings on the day before Halloween. He and Jean Collin, the Church's language producer in Europe, met with a potential AV contract producer Emmanuele Guidara and Pres Massimo De Feo the Rome Stake President to discuss recording facilities for the audio recording of the scriptures in Italian. (Photo L-R: Jean, Emmanuele, Tim and Pres. De Feo)

Before leaving for Slovakia on November 1st Tim spent Halloween taking stock photos for the Europe Area Public Affairs office. You can see more of the shots here: Rome - Places and here: Rome - Faces

Temple to Be Built in Payson, Utah
The above link tells of the announcement of the 152nd temple in the world and the 15th in Utah. It was a thrill for Tim to talk to the Saints in Rome about their new temple to be built in Rome. The Lord is hastening His work.

First Presidency Appeals to Members to Help Haiti
In an official statement, the First Presidency has appealed to the worldwide membership of the Church to help relieve the suffering in Haiti. To make a donation, go to the Humanitarian Services Emergency Response donation form. Visit the Church Newsroom for updates on the Church’s relief efforts in Haiti.

New Mission President
We were delighted to see in LDS Church News our dear friends David and Lyn Irwin called to serve as mission president (mission not yet announced) David was Stake President in Plymouth England while were were in Bristol they are currently serving a couple mission in the Czech Republic.

Monday, January 18, 2010

History, Life, and Plans

Dr. Martin Luther King Day
Today is a National Holiday in the US. It is well worth listening to this 30 second excerpt from Dr. King on his day: To Be Great, Serve

History of Media in the Church
Tim along with Bill Schaefermeyer, Bob Collins, and Quinn Orr went into the Church studio and recorded a fun discussion on the history of media in the Church with host Nathan Wright. Together we had about 150 years experience on the subject. It is in two parts on the program Legacy - the Mormon Channel. It is in two parts, click on each of the two links below to listen (or right click and 'save link as' to save the MP3 file to your computer and listen on your IPOD.
Episode 16
Episode 17

Life in Winter Can Be Fun, Really!
The kids in the family are enjoying the snow in Utah. It helps us remember the enthusiasm with which we should greet all aspects of life. It's important to see life as adventure after all!

Plans: 'The Exodus Tour' in April
Tim has agreed to escort The Exodus Tour for Morris-Murdock in April. It's been a few years since we've done this (note the photo, below right, from their first trip in 1981). Over the years Tim and Gloria have been tour guides on dozens of Church History and Holy Land tours as well as Book of Mormon Lands etc. The Itinerary looks great and includes Mount Sinai in Egypt and Petra in Jordan along with all the important sites in Israel. Exciting!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

It's a New Year!

Happy New Year
We welcome 2010. We love new beginnings and fresh starts and love to take the opportunity to make new commitments and set new goals.

School Starts Tomorrow
Joseph is beginning a new semester in Law School tomorrow. He is anxious to put into use the 'lay of the land' he learned the first semester. He is taking classes in Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Legal Methods. He will again be reading a couple of hundred pages a week, but he is ready to go.

A White Christmas PLUS in GB
This has been an incredible week in Great Britain with snow covering the whole nation. This in incredibly unusual with schools and businesses shut down, people stranded in the Pub and other strange scenarios. The Satellite photo (right) tells quite a story. Joseph friends are sending photos of playing in the snow in Bristol where snow is never on the ground enough to slide etc. They are enjoying all they can stand!

Tim's Interviews on Mormon Channel
Now that Tim is back he has done a couple more interviews with Mission Presidents and Priesthood leaders from around the world. Below are links to the ones that have been posted since a previous blog. By clicking here: Into All the World you can go to the main page of this program.There are photos of the participants on each episode. You can listen to the episodes below by clicking on the MP3 logo. Or you can save them to your computer (then burn them to CD or play them on your IPOD) by right clicking on the MP3 icon and hitting "save target as".

Episode 16: Vyacheslav Vorobyov (Kyiv, Ukraine) Download Episode 16
Episode 17: Patricio Guiffra Vargas (Santiago, Chile) Download Episode 17
Episode 18: Ciro Schmeil (São Paulo, Brazil) Download Episode 18
Episode 19: Allen and Fern Kay Hill (Toyko, Japan) Download Episode 19

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