This journal entry was written by Dale and Jan at the beginning of their first week studying Act in Doctrine, a new book written by Elder David Bednar.
We have been married 39 years and entered a point in our life where our five children have grown up and have families of their own. We are not financially stressed as much or burdened with debt. At this time, we are able to fix up our home, attend the temple weekly and work on our family history. We enjoy good health and hope we can be of service to the Lord. Dale has just retired from his job of 32 years and currently works part time for our city for money to supplement our retirement pay. We are striving to live within our means and have planned many years to get to this time in our lives. We can see how we have been blessed along the way with a good family. Working on goals together as a couple such as paying off our home and preparing for the empty nest has made us feel more united.
We have talked several times about going on a mission together and have friends that have served faithfully on senior missions. In making plans for this, we are trying to make our home accessible for a young couple to reside downstairs in the event we would be leaving our home for a period of time. It is still something we are thinking about.
The transition from being employed everyday to now being able to work on our own agenda and to work with others in our ward as family history consultants and indexers has helped in making the transition easier into middle-age life and helped us to learn service to others.
We both have testimonies of the truthfulness of the gospel and continue to learn more about doctrine as we attend our Sunday meetings and fulfill our callings. “Strengthening of our conversion” is something we have not considered working on up until now as we begin studying Act in Doctrine. We know this will be helpful to us and look forward to learning more.