18 October 2011

Hilda Brock

Hilda Brock, my dear friend, passed away on October 12th.  She was one of the first people I met when we moved to North Carolina in 1987.  She called me her "Old Shoe" because we always felt so comfortable with each other.  There was never a need to impress or prove anything we just had pure joy being together.  I had come to find out that she was that way with many folks.  She always made me feel like I was her best friend.
I learned lots of things from Hilda, love, kindness and pure southern hospitality. One of the memorable lessons I learned from Hilda, that I take great pleasure in, is how to teach music to children. Once when I was in the Primary Presidency at church our music leader couldn't come and Hilda filled in. I never saw children sing louder and full of the Spirit more than when Hilda was leading the music. It was her love of music and love of the messages of the songs that made her the perfect leader. I later had the opportunity to serve as a music leader and I found myself saying "How would Hilda do this" She was a great example.  Primary Music Leader came to be my favorite calling in the church because of Hilda.

I loved Hilda's relationship with her husband Carson. They were a true team. I'll never forget one Saturday when this dear couple spent the whole day with us. I'm certain Carson wanted us to get a taste of true "southern hospitality". We started at their home where Hilda made us a traditional southern breakfast with grits, bacon, eggs and Hilda's famous biscuits (to die for) Then Carson took us all over Hope Mills and the greater Fayetteville area giving us a wonderful tour. It was a great day but didn't end there. Later than night we had a visit from Santa-Carson and Mrs. Claus-Hilda. We were just one stop of the many they took that evening. They loved to spread their cheer and we were so blessed by having them as our friends.
Carson passed away about 15 years ago to brain cancer. The hardest thing to watch has been seeing Hilda without her dear companion.   I'm so grateful they are reunited now, spreading their cheer to those on the other side.
Our "Carson" named for Carson Brock
and Jessica
at Hilda and Carson's grave

 "Death is a mere comma,
 not an exclamation point!"
~Neal A. Maxwell

11 October 2011

Back to Blogging

Lockhart Reunion
June 2011
David, Kim, Brett
Carson, Fran, Walter, Chris, Corte
Winchester Virginia
family came from all over
great fun!
 Jessica & Sophia at YW Camp
she also got to go to EFY with
her friend Jodi in Utah
Fun in the Summer
 Fayetteville Stake Young Womens' Camp
Got called to be Stake Young Women's President
in May
Had a great time with these girls
 Youth Conference
Methodist College Fayetteville
We made a pondering path of quotes
in the College Chapel
Multi-Stake, Great Event in July
 "Hanging with Angie"
fun summer outing
Raleigh Science Museum
love that Angie is close by
 "Carson the Scout"
Getting his "Star" and Merit Badges
had fun at Camp Durant
first year without dad
but he liked it
"Called to Serve"
at the temple in June
Another Cousin going to Argentina
Elisabeth with her Grandma Joan, Grandpa Earl
 & Grandpa John 

 Carson "Teddy Roosevelt"
He had to do a report
on a president from the past

 Dave in his 50's
at the Bi-Stake 50's Dance in September
(my mom's sweater from BYU)
still looks like he's 25 to me
 My Mission Reunion
October 2, 2011
Wonderful Event, over 100 Missionaries
Florida Ft. Lauderdale and Puerto Rico
Missionaries from '77-'79
 My Dear Friend Janeen
She opens her home to me every time I visit Utah.
  I lived with her and Dale
 when I had graduated from college.
 Such a kindred spirit, love her.
 Dorothy and Coach?
Nope, Me and my brother Adam
but we're looking like them
"Trick or Treat!"
Kellee and Marcos
getting married in Oakland Temple
this December
I love these guys, so glad I got to see them.

One of the highlights of this year was being able to go to the conference center and see a session of general conference.  An overwhelming spirit of love, peace and gratitude came over me that I can't begin to describe.  I love the Savior Jesus Christ and am so grateful for the plan of happiness.  I'm so thankful for prophets and apostles and for their guidance in today's world.  I know that if we try to do our best in all we do and say, and follow the counsel of these great leaders, we will be at peace in whatever happens in our lives.

"The Lord doesn’t care at all
if we spend our days working
 in marble halls or stable stalls.
 He knows where we are,
 no matter how humble our circumstances.
He will use—
in His own way and for His holy purposes—
those who incline their hearts to Him"
~Dieter F. Uchtdorf