My Greatest Christmas Gift I have given, am giving, and will give is sharing the Fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Greatest Christmas Gift Received
My Greatest Christmas gift received was 60 years ago today (18 December 1959) our first born arrived three weeks early, Shelli Allan Owen. All our other children are great as well, but Shelli was the only one in time for Christmas. What a great joy she has been in our lives, and has helped us immensely in raising our other precious children. In 1977 I was invited to give a lecture about flicker noise or 1/f noise in atomic clocks at an International 1/f Conference in Tokyo, Japan. We left Shelli in charge of the family for two weeks while we enjoyed this amazing cultural and scientific experience.
When we came back, all seven of our children met us at the Denver Airport. What great joy filled our souls as we saw their happy faces. Nathan, our last born, was less than a year old; and he grabbed hold of his mom around the neck and wouldn’t let her go he was so happy to see her! It was a special experience driving back to Boulder in our little Datsun 500 with nine of us in the car with all our luggage! Shelli had done a great job in our absence. She had the children doing work in the morning, and then they would have a special activity in the afternoon.
Regarding my Greatest Gift Given, I learned an incredibly important lesson from the Lord back in 1965, when I was working on my master’s thesis at the University of Colorado. We had gone to Boulder, after graduating from Brigham Young University with a BS in physics with a goal to get a PhD and come back to BYU and teach and do research. The Lord had other plans – in His infinite wisdom knowing what would be best for me.
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