Monday, March 19, 2012

Happy Birthday Tom!

This weekend we were able to attend the 100th birthday party celebration of Tom Emmett.

  Please don't think us disrespectful that we call him Tom.  We would rather call him President Emmett (former Portland Temple President, Regional Rep, Bishop, etc.) but he insists that we call him Tom.  Whenever we slip and call him President Emmett we are quickly reminded to call him Tom.

Jim home teaches the Emmett's and loves every minute of it.  Tom and his wife Rosemary are amazing people and I want to be just like Rosemary when I grow up.  She is a beautiful, gracious, kind, spiritual, and a funny woman.  Love them both.

At Christmas, when the kids were all home for the holiday, we went over to the Emmetts to visit and sing them a few Christmas carols.  It was a wonderful evening and when we left Logan said "Being around them just makes me want to be a better person."  He was right.

What an honor and a privilege to know them.  Tom said a few words at the party and he shared with us his amazing spirit, wisdom and sense of humor.  Even at the age of 100 he is clear, concise and articulate.  Amazing!
Years ago he was called to be the Bishop of the Mt. Tabor ward.  He was actually called out of the congregation and asked to serve as the Bishop - no interview ahead of time.  He didn't live within in the ward boundaries at the time so he was told he would need to sell his house and move into the ward boundaries and of course he did!  What an example of service and dedication.  He has dedicated his life to serving his Heavenly Father and fellow man.  Even at his birthday party he was being a missionary to the non-member neighbors and friends they had invited.

We are honored and privileged to call Tom Emmett our friend!

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