Sunday, October 12, 2008


For the last few months I have been volunteering at the Family History Mission M-F 8am - 12 noon (20 hrs). The missionaries keep talking about the New Family Search program and John wants me to use his account. So, I asked the Zone Leader if I could get access to the New Family Search Program. He said, "Sure, just become a missionary. We will give you access to the program and give you a week of training".

So, I decided to become a Church Service Missionary. I would be doing the same thing that I was doing as a volunteer. I could work the same hours. I will continue to live in Murray. I will still have my callings in the Murray Hilcrest ward. I can work at a job and make money(if I want to). I can go on vacations whenever. I can am not limited to travel within 100 miles of Salt Lake City.

I have had the interview with my Bishop and my Stake President. I hand-carried the paperwork to our Mission President. It then goes to the Missionary Committee. The Missionary Committee contacts my Stake President. My Stake President contacts my Bishop to set me apart as a Church Service Missionary in the Family History Mission.

Unfortunately, my Stake President went on vacation for a couple of weeks to Japan. So, it will be a few weeks before I am officially a CSM (Church Service Missionary).

It is exciting to be involved in the greatest work on the earth. I am a Ward missionary helping to find those that Lord has prepared to listen the discussions and be baptized. And, I am involved in work that is keeping the temples going in the Family History Mission.

I am so thankful to be living in this time. The Church is here on the earth in its majesty and glory. We have a living prophet. We have the 12 apostles. We have so much knowledge about the gospel through all the scriptures. There is so much work to be done. It is exciting and worthwhile work. I love being a member of this church.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Michael's Move


We just finished moving Michael in with Karalee and Derrick yesterday. It took the whole day. Michael did rent a U-haul truck, which was nice. He got a great deal on the truck. He reserved a 14’ truck Friday, Aug for $19.95 and they said he would need to confirm it this Friday. They also said that because it was so busy (BYU students start school next Tuesday), a 14’ truck may not be available. In that case, he would have to rent a 17’ truck.

Michael was working on Friday, so he asked if I would confirm the reservation for him. So, I called Friday morning from the Joseph Smith Memorial Building (I do volunteer work M-F from 8am to noon) around 9 am. A U-Haul worker answered the phone and said immediately, “Can you hold?” and he put me on hold. Five minutes later, he hung the phone up. I called back and the guy said “We are very busy. Can I take your number and call you back?” I really couldn’t do that because it was phone in the lounge and they did not like us to take calls there.

So, I decided to go down there and reserve it face to face. Carol and I went down to Provo. They weren’t that busy. The U-Haul rep looked at Michael’s reservation sheet. He said they didn’t have any 14’ trucks but they would rent him the 17’ truck for the same priced as the 14’ truck. GREAT!

Yesterday we went down and rented the truck at 9 am. We were to return the truck by 1 pm. We finished loading and unloading the truck by 12 noon. We took the truck back and the rest of the day was spent cleaning the apartment so that Michael could get his cleaning deposit back.

Do you have their address? It is:

Karalee, Derrick and/or Michael
357 N. 1080 E.
Provo, Utah 84606

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Karalee and Derrick's Anniversary

Friday night, we took Karalee and Derrick to the Red Lion Inn in Salt Lake City to celebrate their wedding anniversary since they don't have a car.

On Saturday, they went to the temple and did some sight-seeing in SLC.

Since Karalee's car accident, which broke her pelvis in 2 places, Karalee has not been able to sleep on a flat bed at their apartment. And it turns out she could'nt sleep on the bed at the Red Lion Inn. They were planning on staying at the hotel Saturday night, but the thought of no sleep another night prompted them to stay with us Saturday night. She and Derrick can sleep fine on our couches at our apartment.

They stayed with us on Sunday, and on Monday, we all went to see the Joseph Smith movie in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Then we went to see the Utah State Capitol building. They finally completed the earthquake protections to the building this year.

Then we took them home on Monday.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Rebecca will be moving to Murrieta

Rebecca found a house to rent in Murrieta, California. She was about to give up but on Friday things miraculously opened up. They will be living right in the area that they want to live and the house is 3600 sq. ft. Rebecca does not know the address right now.

They will be moving next weekend.

Also, next weekend, Karalee and Derrick will be celebrating their anniversary. They will stay in the Red Lion Hotel in SLC on Friday night. On Saturday they will go through a session at the Salt Lake Temple and then go see the new Joseph Smith Movie at the Joseph Smith Building.

This week I have been summoned for jury duty. I have to call in every day after 5 pm to see if I have to go in for jury duty the next day. On Friday night I called and they said I do not have to go in on Monday. But I have to call in Monday night to see if I have to go in on Tuesday.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Genealogy Blog for Robin R Davis

I have created a blog for the genealogy of Robin Roy Davis. It is like an index of genealogy blogs. It will list blogs for each of my ancestors. In each blog, I will have life sketches and pictures (where they exist).

Click on the blog listed below to get to this index blog:

Meeting with Kierstin

Today we met with Kierstin at the City Creek Park. She came up with the Huntington Beach Stake Young Men and Young Women. There were three busloads of them. They have been visiting Salt Lake City for the past few days. This morning they had a tour of the Conference Center.

At about 11:40 am they arrived at the City Creek Park for lunch and we joined them there. We met with her stake president and her bishop first. Kierstin showed up in the third or fourth group of young people to come into the park.

We gave Kierstin a Salt Lake Temple book marker and an autobiographical sketch of Kierstin's 5th great grandmother, Talitha Cumi Garlick. I explained to Kierstin that the name Talitha Cumi comes from the New Testament in Mark where Jesus raises a woman from the dead. Jesus said, "Talitha cumi" which means, "Woman, come forth".

Talitha Cumi Garlick lived at the time of Joseph Smith. When she was living with her family in Pennsylvania, her mother, Elizabeth Garlick, had a dream where she saw two missionaries come up the path to their house.

The next day, two missionaries came up the path to their door. They were the same two missionaries Elizabeth saw in her dream. One of the missionaries was John Fleming Wakefield. After his mission, he went back to Pennsylvania and married Talitha Cumi's sister, Susannah Garlick. John Fleming Wakefield died before the Saints left for the Salt Lake valley. Susannah and her 7 children crossed the plains to Springville, Utah. In Springville, she married Rees William Davis (Kierstin's 4th Great Grandfather).

Talitha Cumi said she would not be baptized until she heard the prophet Joseph Smith preach. She was true to her word. They moved to Nauvoo where she heard Joseph Smith preach the gosepl and then Joseph Smith baptized her.

After the death of Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon called a meeting of the Saints. In that meeting he said he should be the guardian (leader) of the Church. Brigham Young showed up at that meeting and said that Joseph had given the keys to Brigham. Talitha said that at that time, Brigham Young looked and sounded just like Joseph Smith.

Talitha married William Howard Avery and they had one child together. Before they could move to the Salt lake Valley, William died. Talitha (age 29) and her son William (age 7), crossed the plains with a handcart company to Springville, Utah. In Springville, Talitha married Elam Cheney.

Kierstin was pleased with the gifts. After lunch, the youth were going to Raging Waters in Salt Lake City.

On Thursday, they are going to do baptisms for the dead in the Salt Lake Temple and several other things. They will be leaving for Huntington Beach Thursday night.

We were so very happy to have this meeting with Kierstin.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Hogle Zoo

On Saturday, 7/26/2008, we went to Hogle Zoo with Mary and Patty. We had a great time. They had a special bird show in an ampitheater. It was sponsored by Meadow Gold. There was quite a variety of birds; eagles, hawks, owls, doves, chickens, etc.

The eagles, hawks and doves flew just a foot over our heads at various times in the program. It was very impressive.

It took us the whole day to get through the entire zoo.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Visit of Mary and Patty

On Saturday, July 19, 2008, Mary and Patty arrived from California. It was hot, 100 + degrees. They went to stores to buy different things. I put together three sets of shelves for Karalee and Derricks new apartment while they went to the stores.

That night we had a big birthday bash for me (cake and ice cream). Fun was had by all?

Saturday night, Carol and I went home because I needed to be home on Sunday to teach the lesson for the Highp Priest group and to do missionary work. Mary and Patty stayed at Karalee's. Sunday night they had a birthday party for Rachel Kaurman in Provo at her parents home. Carol and I did not attend because the heat on Saturday did Carol in. She was not feeling well.

Mary and Patty are planning to visit various things in the Provo area Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday eve they will be coming up to stay with us and see several things in Salt Lake. Thursday is Pioneer Day which is a State Holiday. Most of the tourist sites will be open that day. All will be open on Friday. They will be leaving Saturday night.

Today, Monday, is nice and cool. There are rain clouds and every so often there is a sprinkle here and there. It is very nice.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Family History Volunteer

Today I started working again as a volunteer for the Family History Mission. I work from 8 am to 12 noon from Monday thru Friday. In the afternoons and some evenings I go to the Family History Library and do research on my lines and Carol's lines.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Karalee and Derrick move

We helped Karalee and Derrick move today.

Their new address is:

357 N. 1080 E.
Provo, Utah 84606

They still have their same cell phone numbers.

Michael will move in with them in August when his present apartment contract expires.

July 4th Celebration

We had a great July 4th celebration. Myself, Carol, John, Allison, Alan, Hyrum, Karalee, Derrick and Michael met at the home of Allison's parents, Ken and Linda, in Pleasant Grove. Ken and Linda had a new house built for them in Pleasant Grove. It is gorgeous.

We met there for Michael's birthday dinner. We had hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, chips and pop. The we had a chocolate mud pie (Michael's favorite) for dessert.

After dinner, we went to the field of an elementary school to watch fireworks. There were no trees to obstruct the view of the fireworks. It was the best display I have seen in years.

Michael, Ken and Linda watched from the house lawn.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Gerber Family Reunion

The gerber family reunion was 6/29/2008 (Sunday), 6/30/2008 (Monday) and 7/1/2008 (Tuesday). It was at the Lagoon Campground. It started Sunday at 12:00 noon. We went down to Provo and brought Karalee, Derrick and Michael up to our apartment on Saturday night. They stayed overnight and on Sunday morning we all went to our ward at 9 am. After our ward block ended at noon, we changed, had lunch and went to the family reunion.

We had a great time. All of Donna's kids and their families eventually came except for Keva's family which is in Texas. Two of Del and Ora's kids, Mindy and Darren came with their families.

A new Gerber Organization president was elected, Paul Gibson, the son of Carol's aunt, Janet Gibson. A vice president was also elected, Joe Gibson, another son of Janet Gibson.

Janet Gibson and Eva Mae Kimber, both aunts of Carol were at the reunion. It was great to see them and talk to them.

In all there were about 100 that attended the reunion during the course of three days.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Sunday, June 8 2008

Dear Family,

I talked to John a few minutes ago. He is coming up here for the 4th of July. He and family will leave Arizona on July 2nd. They will stay with Allison's parents as their base of operation. On July 3rd in the evening we will celebrate Michael's birthday. We will probably go out to eat.

On the 4th we will probably watch the stadium of lights fireworks at night.

The Gerbers were going to have a family reunion at the end of this month. It would be at an RV park connected to Lagoon. They have asked for people to respond if they want to go and have not gotten much response so far. The first day of the reunion will be on Sunday, June 29th. Karalee, Michael and Derrick will come up here on Saturday, June 28th, so they can go with us to the reunion on Sunday.

Another thing has happened that affects the reunion. Two weeks ago the President of the Gerber Family Organization, Dick Clark, died.

I will get more information on the status of the Gerber Family Reunion for this year.



Thursday, June 5, 2008

No longer restricted as spam

Dear family,

For some inexplicable reason, our blog was restricted as spam. I asked them to review our site, and I guess it is no longer listed as spam because I can now post new blog messages.

I just got back from a Wyoming run for my work. I deliver mufflers from Heber City to Rock Springs, Wyoming and then back to Salt Lake.

This Saturday, we are going down to Provo to take Karalee, Derrick and Michael shopping since they no longer have a car. Their car transmission gave out. It would cost $2500 to fix. So, they take the bus to work.

Also Saturday, Carol will have a permanent down in the Walmart in Orem.

Karalee and Derrick found an apartment they like. It will cost $650/month. It is a two bedroom so Michael can move in with them. We will take Michael over to look at it on Saturday.

We love you and pray for you.


Mom and Dad

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

May 13 2008

Hello family,

Well, we had best get on the blog bandwagon. It lloks like a good way to share family news.

John and Allison have led the way with their blog. It looks like fun.

This past weekend Carol and I went down to Provo to spend Saturday and Sunday with Karalee, Derrick and Michael. On Saturday we took them shopping at Macey's and Walmart because their car transmission gave up the ghost. It would cost them $2200 to fix the transmission. Right now they are taking the bus to work. On Sunday, we went to church with Karalee and Derrick in their new ward. Then we celebrated mother's day at their apartment with a nice ham dinner.

Karalee, Derrick and Michael are going to move about July 12. They are looking for a 2 bedroom apartment for the three of them. The apartment complex that Karalee and Derrick were staying in was taken over by another management group. They are raising the rent and making Karalee and Derrick pay a fee.

Karalee is working at the company that runs She was answering phone calls from customers. Now she is answering questions that come in to the company by email. She likes that better.

Derrick is working at Macey's, the food store in Provo. He enjoys his job very much and they like Derrick a lot. In the past, Derrick has had a lot of epileptic seizures. But since he started this new medicine in September, he has not had a seizure.

Michael is working at Convergys, a call center. He answers DirecTV customer calls. He does not enjoy it. He is trying to get on with Karalee's company.

My job is with Allied Systems. The company supplies mufflers and muffler parts to car repair shops in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Nevada. Every other week, I make a run to Rock Springs, Wyoming, delivering mufflers to four or five places on the way there, and three or four places on the way back to Salt Lake. I drive a company vehicle (the company pays for gas). The company pays for two meals each day and for the motel I stay in one night. I load the van on Tuesday, leave at 8 am on Wednesday, stay overnight on Wednesday, and drive back to Salt Lake on Thursday. The other days of the week, I either drive a Utah North route from Bountiful to Tremonton or a Utah South route from the point of the mountain to Payson, Utah.

Carol is work on cataloging her many videos. She has 650 videos that she has bought over the years. She has about 2000 videos that she has taped that fill up our other bedroom. I am going to buy a VHS to DVD converter and have her convert the tapes to DVDs.

We hope and pray you are doing well.