On Tue, 4 Nov 2003 13:04:15 -0500 Ron Scott <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> Dear Val:
> 
> Thanks for asking, Val. I still have your booklet around here, in my 
> files.  I'm glad the poems proved of use, of comfort to you.  What
happened 
> to your husband?

After several "mini-strokes" that totally changed his personality, he
died of a sudden heart attack.  It's been an ugly situation.  His family
still treats us like dirt.  Because of Tom's drastic personality change,
they truly believed that he no longer believed in the Church.  
They were angry because I had him in his Temple whites, that the service
was at the chapel, and <gasp> that there was a talk on the Plan of
Salvation and the sealing ordinances of the New and Everlasting Covenant!
 His daughter (an apostate, now) actually approached me at the funeral
home and told me I'd better not mention church doctrine at the funeral. 
I shook my head and walked away.  She actually called Tom's scriptures
the "works of Satan."  
His son came over later and asked me about 'that sealing thing.'  He
asked if that means that they are all on the outside, or excluded because
they are not members of the church and have not been sealed.  I had to
pause a moment before I told him that that pretty much summed it up.  If
he wanted to be sealed to his dad, he'd have to do what we have done. 
It's hard to explain it to non-members and I was already so distraught
and stressed from the treatment I had been given, that I almost took
pride in saying it (I know, bad thing, that pride).  

The most recent thing that happened is his youngest daughter vandalized
my side of the headstone.  I guess she figures if my name is not there,
then we won't be together.  While I have turned my cheek over and over
with his family, I called my bishopric/home teacher-type for advice on
how to handle it, and he said "Just because we're Mormons doesn't mean we
have to let people walk all over us.  Call the police and make a report" 
So I did.

> 
> Yes, I'm still in Boston. Temple is built. I haven't been in it.  
> And, I  don't know how long I'll be around on Zion: we seem ill-suited
for 
> each other.  I can not imagine why JWR asked me back.  Perhaps he has 

Our BLT (beloved list tyrant) JWR is waxing a bit nostalgic for the way
ZION used to be.  Heck, someone tried to start a food fight awhile back,
and it went nowhere!!  We need some life, and I think he sees that in
you.  John loves a good discussion, even if he disagrees totally with
you.  

> something perverse up his sleeve.  Ya think?

Thinking can be dangerous!

val ;-)


> 
> Best,
> 
> Ron Scott
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Valerie Nielsen Williams [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
> > Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 5:23 PM
> > To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> > Subject: Re: [ZION] Wish List
> >
> >
> > Heck, Ron.  I was just thinking about you the other day.  Are you 
> still
> > writing poetry?  I lost my husband last year, and I've been 
> cleaning
> > things out ever since.  I found some of the poems that you had 
> sent way
> > back when.  Re-reading them really struck a different chord with 
> me.
> > They mean much more to me now than they did then.
> >
> > I think last time I heard from you, Boston saints and the church 
> were
> > still fighting city hall about the temple and the height of the 
> spire.
> >
> > So, how have you been?
> >
> > val
> >
> > On Mon,  3 Nov 2003 23:55:29 +0000 [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
> > > Didn't know I was a foil. But, if I wasn't a kosher kind of guy 
> I
> > > could
> > > go for a BLT.  What is a BLT, anyway?
> > >
> > > BTW, Elmer, my youngest is dancing the Nutcracker.
> > >
> > > Don't know why JWR recruited me, but I've never known an 
> invitation
> > > I
> > > didn't accept, especially from him.
> > >
> > > Ron Scott
> > > Still in Boston
> > >
> > >
> > 
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