By Bishop Donald B. Owens
Volume 20, Number 2 May/Jun/Jul/Aug 2019 Issue No. 78
This article was written by Bishop Owens for another Restoration publication in 1988.
It is reprinted here with permission.
As a child, my first recollection of the use of the word remnant had to do with a “remnant bag” that was used to keep small pieces of material for the women of our family and community who worked these small pieces of material into quilts that often turned out to be major works of art.
We find this same term remnant used repeatedly throughout Restoration Scriptures to refer to small groups of those faithful to the calling of God and Christ to be a righteous, faithful, and obedient people in the face of an overwhelming majority who chose to ignore the Word of God. From the beginning of God’s dealing with mankind, He has chosen to work with relatively small groups, beginning with Adam and Eve, Enoch, Noah and his family, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It may not be entirely clear from the record whether God prefers to work with the few or simply recognizes the reality of human nature that large groups have a tendency to stray from those disciplines that enable them to commune closely with the Creator.
President Frederick Niels Larsen
January 15, 1932 – April 26, 2019
On Friday, April 26, 2019, Frederick (Fred) Niels Larsen, loving husband and father of five children, passed away at the age of 87, at home with his family. Fred was born on January 15, 1932, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Edward J, Larsen, a Danish immigrant, and Lois A. Larsen, daughter of Frederick M. Smith. Fred was married on June 7, 1952, to Mary Louise (Mary Lou) Malott, the love of his life for the last 66 years. They raised three sons, Larry, Brian, and Stephen (Stevie), and two daughters, Luann and Linda.
As a young boy, Fred’s family moved to a 20-acre homestead in East Independence. Fred’s primary education started at DeKalb Country School next door to the family’s homestead. He completed his secondary education at Garden Grove Union High School In California, where he graduated in 1950. Fred received his higher education in the physical sciences at Graceland College and University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. Fred held a series of notable professional positions. He retired from Bendix as a Polymer Chemist after 35 years of service. During his time there he served as a consultant in the field of Polyrner Science at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Livermore, California. After retirement, Fred began another adventures with the City of Independence Police Department’s Crime Scene Unit as a Forensic Chemist, where he established the
illicit drugs and methamphetamine labs for the Jackson County Drug Task Force.
Editorial Comment . . .
By Presiding Patriarch Carl W. VunCannon, Jr.
Volume 20 Number 2 May/Jun/Jul/Aug 2019
As we enter into the summer months with the many activities (vacations, picnics, trips, camps, and outdoor activities) there is a sense of excitement. We anticipate the enjoyment of activities that give us the freedom of the great outdoors; the appreciation of God's creation. This brings joy to our lives and is one of the reasons that God created its beauty and majesty.
We would like to offer our congratulations to our young people who have successfully completed their high school or college education this spring. May God bless you as you make plans for your future. May that future include both service to mankind and service to your Lord, Jesus Christ. We salute you for your accomplishments and look forward to you sharing your gifts and talents with your church family.