|My Father's Funeral - January 13, 1976 - Standing with my brother Spencer|
|My father in is father, Chester Christensen's military uniform from World War I|
|Dad on his LDS Mission to Denmark, standing next to Danish Family relatives|
|Robert & Verda Mae, Engagement photo from 1949|
|Robert on his Graduation Day - standing in|
front of their first Rose Park Home on 900 N, just west of 900 W
My Dad had left school with a few classes to go, intending to finish up by correspondence. Some poor health and other challenges kept him from completing things and it was a few years later before he returned to finish up his schooling. By then he had begun his career at ZCMI Department Store and soon started as the Division Buyer over Foods, including the snack bar, bakery, candy department and fine foods. We were always found helping him to stock shelves and even today in my own food storage, the older cans are brought forward and labels are turned to the front!
|For the wopping salary of a hot dog and chips, we frequently helped|
Dad stock the shelves
|Dad doing one of his frequent activities with the kids, always|
looking for simple ways to have us entertain ourselves.
|Family picture on the bank of the Susquehanna River|
Dad loved LDS Church History. Many of our family vacations were to Church History sites. In fact, it was his last trip in coming home and following the Mormon Pioneer Trail, that he started to show signs of being ill. By mid August, they diagnosed Hodgkin Disease, a cancer of the Lymph system. From August to January, he became increasingly ill and in November, he was released as Stake President of the Rose Park Stake where I now serve in the same position. The final months, he held his first grandchild, Evan, son of Elliott & Jennifer
|Dad dictating his life history to my brother Clayton|
"On my first visit to the hospital in August of 1975, after being informed that I had a potentially terminal illness, I lay thinking over my life, my future and my family. A remarkable vision was given to me at that time. I first saw a large pile of goods, and I recognized them as my own physical possessions. With them were other worldly goods which I dealt with every day in my work at ZCMI. Suddenly, they disappeared from my view, and I did not feel the slightest desire to look for them or to inquire as to where they went. My vision then showed me three things: one was my righteous family, the second was my knowledge, understanding and testimony of the restored gospel, and the third was the work that I had accomplished in the building up of the kingdom of God. Then, as though the person were standing at my side, a voice spoke to me and said, “This is what life is all about. That’s all there is that is important. That’s all there is to life.” I was then filled with a very comfortable feeling that the Lord had accepted my work and my life.
I want my family always to remember this story, and to place their values on the spiritual rather than the material things. I hope they will live their lives in such a way that theirs will be the riches of eternity. I want my family to know that I know with all my heart that God lives and is willing to bless us constantly through our lives, and that he wants each of us to succeed in living the gospel so that we can return and live with him in the Celestial Kingdom. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of mankind, that he is the Lord of this earth and that he stands at the head of this church today. He reveals his will to his prophets and to every righteous priesthood holder and member of the church who seeks for divine guidance.
I have a great belief in the Holy Ghost, and on many occasions in my life, the power of the Holy Ghost has descended upon me and given me the knowledge and help which I needed in accomplishing the Lord’s work. I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only true church upon the face of the earth. And it is only by membership in the church that we can receive the ordinances of salvation and the principles and doctrines which are needed for entry into the celestial kingdom. I believe in living prophets and that as members of the church, we need to follow the living prophets. While we glean much wisdom and guidance from the prophets of old, it is the living prophets who show us the way to go today. I leave this testimony for the guidance of my family, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."