March 2015

Elder and Sister McCollum enjoy seeing so many young return missionaries and young married couples (many who are also both return missionaries) that attend the Laie LDS Temple.  Many serve as ordinance workers and also most  are students at BYUH.

Notice the similar design of the Mesa AZ, Laie HI and Cardston AB LDS Temples.

Notice the similar design of the Mesa AZ, Laie HI and Cardston AB LDS Temples.

Mesa Arizona Temple dedicated in 1927; Laie Hawaii Temple dedicated in 1919; Cardston Alberta Temple dedicated in 1923.

Construction began on the Cardston Alberta Temple in 1913 but with WWI, work was halted until after the end of the War.

There is a song that the children sing in PRIMARY (ages 18 months – 11years):

I love to see the temple. I’m going there some day to feel the Holy Spirit, to listen and to pray.  For the temple is a house of God, a place of love and beauty.  I’ll prepare myself while I am young: This is my sacred duty.

I love to see the temple. I’ll go inside someday.  I’ll cov’nant with my Father; I’ll promise to obey.  For the temple is a holy place where we are sealed together.  As a child of God, I’ve learned this truth: A family is forever.

Elder and Sister McCollum bike past the temple Mon-Fri heading to campus. They continue to work on words for their own Senior Missionary version of this favourite song:

We love to see the temple each morning as we bike, to see it glowing whitely, in the morning sun. For the temple is a holy place we love to visit weekly, a very short ride of only three blocks: We serve ancestors gladly.

Well it does sound better with the music!

I love to see the temple

Laie Temple

Visitors Center on grounds of Laie Temple

Sister McCollum biking on Naniloa Loop.

Sister McCollum biking on Naniloa Loop.

Heading on down the road towards campus grounds, Elder and Sister McCollum spot the”Lawn-Mower Birds“.  The name of these birds ” was chosen by our grandsons Logan and Rowan Berry (sons of our daughter & son-in-law, Leah and Jason) when their family stayed on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The boys discovered the birds showed up each time the lawns were mowed in the complex where they stayed.

"Lawn-mover bird"

“Lawn-mover bird” on grounds at BYUH- the white speck!

Lawn-mover birds with cattle  for size comparison.

Lawn-mover birds with cattle for size comparison.

By the way, the cattle are NOT on campus!  Lawnmover birds have also been spotted resting on sheep in pastures along the Kamehameha Highway.

North Shore Highway

Cultural Events at BYUH

Sister McCollum, her five year old grandson Samuel and daughter-in-law Kimberly, enjoy the musical, Mary Poppins at the David O. McKay Auditorium on campus.  (1955 section of campus bears the name of the 8th modern-day prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of LDS.)  Several other buildings bear the names of prophets.

BTW: Years ago, Sister McCollum and her children coined a sentence to help them learn the order of the modern day prophets, beginning with Joseph Smith the young man who was prepared and who become the prophet of the Restoration of Christ’s Gospel again to the Earth.

JOSEPH SMITH was too YOUNG (Brigham Young) to be a TAILOR (John Taylor) when the WOOD (Wilford Woodruff) was covered with SNOW (Lorenzo Snow).  JF SMITH (Joseph F. Smith) GRANT-ed (Heber J Grant) GAS (George Albert Smith) to MCKAY (David O. McKay) in the SMITH-FIELD (Joseph Fielding Smith) said LEE (Harold B. Lee) KIMBALL (Spencer W. Kimball) to BENSON (Ezra Taft Benson) the HUNTER (Howard W. Hunter) from the town of HINCKLEY (Gordon B. Hinckley) where they seldom have MONSOONS (Thomas S. Monson).

LIving Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS: President Thomas S. Monson

Living Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS: President Thomas S. Monson

HOW to… add on and continue this memory helper?   When our dear President Monson passes on, the apostle who is most senior in service will become the next living prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Cultural Events Continued:

The new Cinderella movie comes to the Laie Palms Cinema; it is even a two screen theatre!  Elder and Sister McCollum invite their son, his wife and their boys to be their guests at this fun movie!  Even two year old Henry enjoyed the “princess” movie as much as he loves sitting and having a book read to him by Grandpa.

Henry, Grandpa & Samuel enjoy a good read together!

Henry, Grandpa & Samuel enjoy a good read together!

Elder and Sister McCollum view a chalk-art display on campus.

Chalk Planet Topography  - ART 333 class.

Chalk Planet Topography – ART 333 class.

Jupiter - King of Gods

Saturn – The God of Agriculture


Elder and Sister McC think the 3-D chalk-lettering on the above project for the word ”agriculture” took amazing talent.

Earth - Home of Man

Earth – Home of Man

String Art - LAIE

String Art – “LAIE”

View of string art from side view

View of string art from side view

Grandpa and Grandma tend grandsons and their parents, Robb and Kimberly attend BYUH Drama Department production, “The Importance of Being Ernest.”

Elder and Sister McCollum attend an evening at BYUH in the CAC (Cannon Activity Center) with special guests speaking (“Flood the Earth with social media goodness”), entertaining and  judging a contest the next day: “Power Your Dreams”, a crowd funding competition.  Elder McCollum is thrilled to see, hear and meet in person his favourite musician, Jon Schmidt,  of the “Piano Guys“.

Jon Schmidt, of the "Piano Guys"

Jon Schmidt, of the “Piano Guys” at BYUH

One Comment

  1. McCollum

    Below are previously posted comments (before we moved website servers).

    Sheila Wright
    March 23, 2015 at 1:57 pm
    Enjoyed the blog, Ed Tucker is sounding like he will join Della soon, was thinking about him as I was looking at Family search. I want to see Cinderella but we don’t go in often to see movies, maybe when we move in. May look at bungalow homes and sell our other one?
    Nice art work! Sheila

    Elsie and John
    March 23, 2015 at 2:09 pm
    Hi!! Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior!! Thanks for sharing. So good to hear from you! Blessings!!

    Marlene Whitehead
    March 24, 2015 at 1:22 am
    Hi from Abbotsford 2nd! Glad to see all the things you are doing during your mission and at the same time enjoying your family. Both can be tiring I bet. Lots of love, Marlene

    Jason Berry
    March 24, 2015 at 7:57 pm
    What a beautiful view of the temple on your ride to campus. You are blessed to be able to experience so many unique opportunities that come with being part of one of the Church’s centers of higher learning. We miss you and send our love.

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