Sunday 10 December, Everyday in December there is an event going on at the Temple visitor center and we (missionaries and district workers) are asked to help usher and just be a presence at the visitor center. Our schedule is such that we can't be there very often, however we decided to help out this last Sunday. We were first asked to watch/guard the room that has all the manger scenes. There is a room set up with donated manger scenes from around the world. Our job was to usher people, smile a lot, and welcome people as they pass through the room. Also to make sure the little kiddos don't handle the mangers, as they are donated from various people. We were able to usher one of the many concerts that are held everyday. It was a Youth concert, Young Columbian Youth Singers, their performance was an American history in song, then ending with a medley of Christmas Carols. I thought it was very well done and enjoyable to watch. We hope to see more in the future. I didn't get any pictures, but I have some for the next page.
Monday 11 December 2017, Christmas party at President and Sister Colton. What a great evening this was, all the missionaries and some district workers gathered together at the Colton's home for dinner and fun, with some caroling thrown in. I imagine there were about 65 - 70 people there. It was the last "farewell" to the Sudweeks who as of today left for home. They will be the last missionaries to leave before the temple closing. Since we came, the missionaries who were leaving and those arriving would have a monthly "Hail and farewell, basically a hello to the newcomers and a goodbye to the ones leaving. If you look back a couple of post you'll see the one we were in at the Folger's farm. Anyway each leaving couple would do some kind of a skit or presentation. The Sudweek's was a group reading on the birth of Christ. It was great fun and tender, and I have asked them to send me a copy of the skit. I played the "Wise Man". After dinner we talked then gathered around for Christmas caroling. I did take some pictures, not many, but some.
↑😅 At the temple↓
Colton's back of house
Setting up dinner
Here we go a caroling...
Wayne and Sue Slade singing away
Dawn Dyer in the middle
President Colton playing his harmonica
Sister Johnson, ward choir director, in front.
Name dropping time! Just saying,
1. Brother Parker, the temple recorder is the grandson of President Ezra Taft Benson. He is a wonderful man, very humble and kind.
2. One of the district workers, Tom Hugh Nibley, is the son of LDS author/scholar Hugh Nibley.
3. Sister Hatch (one of the Hatch's) is a district worker, wife of Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah.
Thursday14 December 2017, Rock Creek Ward temple day. I wanted to add this short piece and a little history with it. When the Rock Creek Ward has a temple day, Brother Chin, a missionary and sealer in the temple asks if anyone has any family names that would like done. Now saying this, I mean family as in a you have searched and found a complete family's work to do. For example, last night we did the sealing of a husband to his wife (first) then sealed their eight children in order to their parents. As each child was sealed Brother Chin seated them in a row, the middle two seat for the parents, then on either side the children in order of their birth. When that was completed we sealed one of the daughters to her husband, then sealed their four children to them. Following that we sealed three other children to their spouses. So when we finished we had 5 families eternally sealed all seating together. It was really nice and you could really feel the spirit. All the patrons and workers were temple missionaries or full time district workers from the ward, Patty and I excepted as we are in the deaf branch, but live in the ward area. I wish I had pictures, but of course don't so you have to imagine it in my mind with me. It was beautiful!