Convention of Statesmen


Oh, That's What It Means!

There's something about the majesty of God's creation, every mountain, valley, river and lake that just remind me who's ultimately in charge.

This just makes me want to toss out a blanket, lean up against a tree and open a good book. Then take a really long nap.

I don't even know where this is? I know it's called Three Rivers . . . anyone have an idea?

Now back to the inanity of these tests.

Make sure to see my comments after this!

Your Birthdate: July 26

You lucked out with the skills to succeed in almost any arena.

Put you in almost any business or classroom, and you'll rise to the top.

You're driven and intense, but you also know when to kick back and cooperate.

Your ability to adapt to almost any situation is part of what's going to make you a success.

Your strength: Your attention to detail

Your weakness: You can be a little too proud of your successes

Your power color: Turquoise

Your power symbol: Arrow pointing up

Your power month: August

What Does Your Birth Date Mean?

I don't like the color turquoise and my power symbol is pointing up? Okay, up could indicate that I'm reaching toward the heavens, but come on, I want my power symbol to be that of an African lion in full roar! And my favorite color . . . look to the colors of the sunset and we might be getting close.

Why would my power month be August when my birthday is in July? Of course the light of my life, my husband, was born in August, so maybe that's okay.

And well, the rest of it . . . okay, that's true. I should be the CEO of a huge corporation by now, either that or outselling Nora Roberts. Now, how cool would that be?

Check this song from Marie, it was always one of my favorites: Read My Lips

Great song, isn't it?

Today the son of a friend is being buried. His obituary reads:

Daily Herald

Clayton Sean Barnes passed away while serving his country as an Apache helicopter pilot on Monday, August 20, 2007. Clayton was born on March 24, 1977, in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He joined the Utah National Guard when he was 17 years old, and has been proudly serving with them for the last 13 years. He always knew he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become a helicopter pilot. Clayton, who was known by his fellow aviators as "Buddha," achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2, and he felt honored to be able to fight for the country he loved by serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Clayton packed more experiences into his 30 years on Earth than most people do in a lifetime. He served in the Manila Philippines Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He graduated from Brigham Young University and was just beginning dental school. He married the love of his life, Melinda Daniels, in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple on February 11, 2000, and his life revolved around her and their three children. Clayton was very excited about the upcoming birth of their fourth child, a baby girl, due this November. He always made time for his family, and one of his greatest joys in life was making his kids laugh.

We'll remember Clayton for so many reasons. He was always willing to help those in need. He had a strong belief in his religion, and he loved sharing his testimony with others. He loved learning, spending time with friends, riding dirt bikes, flying, snowboarding, and teaching his kids how to rip it up on their battery-powered Hummer.

Most of all, we'll remember Clayton's smile. He was always happy; no matter when you saw him you knew he'd have a huge grin on his face. He loved life, he adored his family, and his happiness was contagious--you couldn't help smiling when you were with him. Clayton was the rock of his family, the person everyone knew they could rely on. Even though it was much too short, his life was full, and it was always filled with joy. We know he's still smiling at us from up in Heaven. We love you Clayton.

Clayton is survived by his wife, Melinda, his children, his parents, Susan Linda Covington and Charles Scott Barnes, his brothers, Christian and Chad, his sisters, Susannah and Summer, and many nieces and nephews.

Clayton's viewing will be held on Friday, August 24, 2007 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, August 25, 2007 from 10:00-10:45 a.m. at the LDS Stake Center on 650 W 800 South in Payson, Utah. His funeral will also be held at the Stake Center on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Funeral services are being provided by SereniCare Funeral Directors. Clayton will be buried in the Orem City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the "In Memory of Clayton Barnes" fund at any Wells Fargo bank. Online condolences may be submitted to

This story appeared in The Daily Herald on page C4

There is very little I can add to this. My heart grieves for Scott and the family. They were in our ward at one time, although Clayton was already on his mission when we moved in. I pray that the Lord pours comfort, peace, and the calming balm of Gilead upon this family, and I pray that they receive it.

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