Editors Note:
I got some nice text and a few emails from Tommy Clevenger concerning the wedding---Benjamin and Elizabeth. We assume they are doing fine...our last text from them--said they were doing fine (Benjamin has had some pain from his possible Kidney stone...but he was feeling better.

Here is my Honduras Journey for today...

Jonathan’s Journey
July 25,2012

We are all here.
Our second wave of brigade members arrived here in Honduras at 11:30 am this morning. After a couple of hours…we cleared everyone through the passport lines…moved the luggage to the bus…and then made a stop for lunch, before we got everyone involved either visiting the hospitals or working at one of our three house building sites.

Tonight we had a meal at Resturante El Porcao. It was a great meal and then following the meal we had our share time, our devotional and singing time. It was a great time of fellowship.

The Bonding that takes place on a trip like this is great!
Tonight we celebrated the birthday of Rebecca “Becky” McCartha---a good friend of Carol Chitwood---who is on our trip this year.

Chad Hedgepath---the new stateside director of Jovenes en Camino eat with us tonight and share a few comments about Jovenes as he spent some time with our group.

Tomorrow…we make our first trip to Jovenes. Hopefully Ronald Million and his family will arrive at Jovenes sometime tomorrow afternoon or evening…after spending the last couple of days in Puerto Cortes trying to get our container transported to Jovenes. After two days of work in Puerto Cortes---after weeks of work in Nashville by Joe Smith….and others here in Honduras…it looks like they will release the container tomorrow morning (Thursday) and then it will make the 7-8 hour ride to Jovenes.

We will send a group there tomorrow…because when the container arrives…you have one hour to unload the container…so we have a hard day ahead of us tomorrow.

We will have people working at three building sites…and another group at Jovenes, playing with the boys, painting, cleaning and helping with some projects…and waiting on the container!

Once we get the container unloaded…we have several days of work ahead for us…as we build a playground, deliver food, clothes and buckets…as our Honduras Brigade 2012 continues.

Everyone is trying to get a good night’s sleep.
I like us eating in groups…and keeping everyone together!

Our verse for today:
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27

Our shepherd knows us….do we know his voice? Do we listen and follow him?
That is one of the things that we are thinking about this week?

I hope to get some of the young ladies on the trip to help me tomorrow…upload some pictures to our facebook page. I will keep you posted.

Have a great Journey!

PS Here is a copy of the Wedding Ceremony

Benjamin and Elizabeth
Saturday July 21, 2012

(You may be seated)

Elizabeth and Benjamin, after a year of planning---it is here---your wedding day! Last July, during camp, it was a decoy trip to the creek planned by Emily Clevenger and Katie Culberson---that led to Benjamin’s proposal---and then back at the Mosley Dinning Hall for the announcement that “We were going to the Chapel”…and the campers re-acted with singing “Around the Mess Hall you must go”---and the wedding planning was underway!

A relationship--that sort of began the summer of 2006 at Brentwood Hills Christian Camp XX.

It was the Saturday before camp—we were all busy working on camp---and Benjamin began to have an eye for Elizabeth---I am not sure if it was mutual? After camp, He and Landon Parrish began a little plotting…that included a little gathering after a Tuesday night youth event.

That night Elizabeth you programmed your cell phone number into Benjamin’s phone—I assume that was giving Benjamin a positive nudge. Benj was not a “texter” at the time…but Landon convinced him that there was no charge between Verizon customers----advice he would pay for later---when his mother confronted him with a cell phone bill for several hundred dollars worth of Texting!

As parents, from the day you were both born…the prayers began that you both would find that perfect mate.

As with most high school dating relationships---we were all waiting for the break-up! That never happened! Then when Benjamin headed to college---we wondered if the distance between Lipscomb University—and the Lipscomb Campus School---might strain the relationship….however during the past six years, there was only one time that the two of you decided to take a little break—I think it happened one morning and was over before sunset!

Tonight our two families---the Hartman’s and the Seamon’s will officially unite. We have known each other for years---and we have done a lot of things together---even dating back to your dad’s college days! When I was broadcasting his Bison Baseball games on the radio----and on several occasions Trey’s mother-Janice would help babysit Justin at games!

We might not have seen it….but , God was building this relationship for years---and now tonight---before this gathering of family, friends and a great crowd of witnesses---the two of you will commit your love to each other and form a covenant with each other and with God.

This has been God’s plan from the beginning of time.
Adam could not find a suitable mate among God’s creation…
21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[g] and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[h] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones
 and flesh of my flesh; 
she shall be called ‘woman,’
 for she was taken out of man. ”
24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
Tonight…two families come together---as the two of you bring your separate lives into what will be one life moving forward. You will remain individuals---with different careers and interest---but you will now be a unit---a family---and you will have to make future decisions based on the needs of each other. This is a major commitment….one that should not be entered into lightly---but with a lot of prayerful consideration, counseling and planning---which you have done….so now comes some very important questions:
Benjamin, do you take Elizabeth to be your wife--Will you honor, love, comfort and cherish her from this day forward---forsaking all others as long as you both shall live?
(I Do)
Elizabeth, do you take Benjamin to be your husband—will you honor, love, comfort and cherish him from this day forward---forsaking all others as long as you both shall live?
(I Do)
Trey, who gives Elizabeth to be married to Benjamin?
Trey, our families have been friends for years…now tonight we officially joined together. As we begin…would you please pray and ask God’s blessing on our children.
(Trey’s Prayer)
(Move up on the stage)
Elizabeth and Benjamin…we have been talking about this day for over a year. It is now here. You can relax and enjoy! Look around at all of your family and friends that have come to witness this occasion---and I am sure several of them are watching the clock to see how long it will be before I become an emotional basket case!
I know Emily Clevenger is waiting to see when I will use the J-word. So, lets just get it out of the way…tonight…your Journey to the Son…takes a new twist…you are now on that Journey together!
Elizabeth and Benjamin---your lives have centered around your families---your relationship with God---and this church. Youth events—especially camp---have been a major part of your life.
Just four months ago we were in Newnan, Georgia for Justin and Audrey’s wedding.
And since Acrostics---have been one of my trademarks---I used one in their wedding—LAWYERS—with an s---since I like words with s’s—you know like BISONS---and since they are both lawyers.
Since then everyone has quizzed me on what acrostic I would use tonight….
Emily…thought Journey…
Maddie asked that I use her name….
Jay shared a great one last night at the rehearsal dinner---WEDDING and I thought about just repeating it tonight!
Liz—since you will be a TEACHER or EDUCATOR…I thought about using those words…but they were a little long. Then I thought…well it needs to be connected to camp….so I thought of LEATHERWOOD…again a little long…
So, I settled on---CAMPERS---another s word---Because we all know that Camp is for the Campers—and Marriage is for Happy Campers!
C is for Community. Your community will change over the years. Nashville, Brentwood Hills, Camp, Lipscomb, Brentwood, Nolensville, New England, North Carolina and your families---these have all been your community---now you move to Memphis and beyond.
Trey and Beth are happy to get their first son…and they have been and will continue to treat you as a son…and Maddie and Savannah will now know what it is like to have a brother!
Elizabeth as a young teen---you developed a special relationship and bond with Bethany…a friendship that has grown into a “sisterhood”.

Benjamin—you and Justin have grown from brothers to best Friends and you both protect and care for your sister.

Liz, Barbara loves to refer to you and Audrey as our Daughters in Love! The Lord has blessed both of our families and we are excited about the merger that is taking place.
A common threat in all of your communities…has been your relationship with Jesus and the common bond that you have with fellow believers. That will continue to be true as you find a church family and connect with that community in Memphis.
All of these Communities will be there to support and encourage you on your Journey!
A ttiude. From Camp…to school…to home life…we all know how important it is to have the right attitude.
Liz, since Benjamin was a little boy…I have called him Hammerhead---based on the Hammerhead Shark----and a hard head---and often I shortened it and just called him Hammer! He was also known as oops! Because whenever he made a mistake---he would yell out oops!
He had hoped that your first date was going to be a Tim McCraw and Faith Hill –Soul to Soul Concert….he got the tickets, called to get a date and you and your family were going to be out of town in Florida…so he had to take Landon to the concert---a concert that was mostly couples!
And then their was the day that you and Benjamin drove down town to a Titan’s Game and you were both having problems with directions and after circling the city I became your turn by turn voice GPS on your phone to try and get you to the stadium and then back home.
I have a book full of Benjamin oops! But it is more than funny stories---those experiences helped in the forming of his attitude.
It is good that we are able to laugh with and at ourselves.
Having a good or the right attitude all the time is not easy.
However in marriage---knowing how to adjust your attitude---will impact your actions toward each other. You have dated a long time…but it will be different when you are together 24/7…so be prepared to adjust your attitude. Enjoy each other, love each other…express your love in different ways---and never go to sleep mad at each other and understand when either one has to say OOPS
M stand for Memphis Miles. For the first time in either of your lives…you are now going to be separated from your families and friends by about 200 Memphis Miles! Sure we have I-phones with Facetime, Skype, Twitter and Facebook…but that is not the same as a hug or a pat on the back. You both will be very busy---Elizabeth you will have the daily commute to your new school and your teaching job….and Benjamin will be joining the rush hour commute to downtown Memphis for his classes.
The Miles will become shorter by time…but at first they will seem long! However during these first couple of years…you can use these miles to establish your identity as a couple and a family.
P is for Parents! Don’t forget your parents! Especially as we age…remember us…and remember that you will need to take care of us in our old age! And…as you begin your life together…we are not looking for you to become a parent right away---however, we do want you to begin preparing for being a parent someday.
The example of your grandparents and parents….have provide over 175 years of combined marriage experience! It is our prayer, that these examples will be a constant guideline that you refer to as you begin your life together.
E veryday! Marriage can’t take a vacation. It is 24/7 everyday! Your love for each other will grow each day! Paul told the Corinthians:
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails.
Everyday means just that….everyday. Marriage is not a part-time job or a part-time commitment. It is an everyday covenant that the two of you make with each other and with God. You will not always agree---you will have ups and downs…good times and bad times…struggles and victories! Everyday will bring new challenges and rewards! Each day let me encourage you to declare the same declaration that Joshua made:
“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
R is for remember. Remember the first time you met. Remember the first date…where Benjamin went to the wrong house and stood on the porch—knocking on the wrong door. Liz, you and your dad came out on your porch and spotted Benjamin--- tough way to begin the first date
Remember to remain young---even when you turn old. Remember to say I am sorry. Remember that everyone needs a little space. Remember to say Thank You….Remember the little things in life…Remember to honor God…remember to read HIS word together…remember to pray…memories will last a lifetime!
And Finally….the S is for your Savior---Jesus Christ! The Holy Spirit is leading your life…Jesus is your savior. Never lose site of that. Let your marriage be built on the principles of God and if you have a Christ-centered marriage---you will make it through the trials and you will enjoy the triumphs!
Both of you have been great Campers---and great Staff members…and as parents you have been great children…now it time for you to begin you marriage---to start your family together---and to continue this Journey together!
To seal this covenant---you are about to exchange vows…a verbal commitment that you will express to each other….
Benjamin…repeat after me….
I, Benjamin
Take you Elizabeth to be my wife
To have and to hold
From this day forward
For better, for worse
For richer, for poorer
In sickness or in health
To love and to cherish
‘til death do us part.

I, Elizabeth
Take you Benjamin to be my husband
To have and to hold
From this day forward
For better, for worse
For richer, for poorer
In sickness or in health
To love and to cherish
‘til death do us part.
You have selected rings to share with each other, to help seal your commitment—and every time that you look at your hand the rings will be a constant reminder of our love for each other.

Please wear them proudly…and when you glance at your rings---take a moment to remember to reach other and the love that you have pledged today.

Benjamin put the ring on Elizabeth’s finger and repeat after me:

With this ring
I give you my love
And pledge my Faithfulness

Elizabeth, put the ring on Benjamin’s finger and repeat after me:

With this ring
I give you my love
And pledge my Faithfulness

Let us Pray:

Benjamin and Elizabeth….it is just about official.
As a minister, as a dad and father-in-law, a camp director---and by the authority of the laws of the state of Tennessee---which at one time was part of North Carolina…it gives me great pleasure to pronounce that you are husband and wife!

“May The LORD bless you and keep you; 
25 the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; 
26 the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

Benjamin you may kiss Elizabeth….

Ladies and Gentlemen…it gives me great pleasure to present for the first time:

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Taylor Seamon

Brentwood Hills
Church of Christ
5120 Franklin Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37220
Phone: (615) 832-2541
Fax: (615) 832-2583