Wednesday, April 14, 2010

April 10, 2010

Our days are so busy that I don't even have time to write posts or even look at many blogs. I have several big events to catch up on in the next little while.
Saturday the 10th was typically busy. We began our day early by driving to church and having interviews and mtgs with the Mission Pres. and Sister Staheli. All of the missionaries from our district and some of the surrounding district were there. It's always good to spend time with them. They always have uplifting and interesting things to say. They also goof around and spend time having some good, clean fun.

Elder Bertrand was one of the lucky ones who got to teach and work with a young adult named Jerome. He was the one who baptised him. Next to him is Elder Rutman. He was there from Calais. I have gotten to know this fine young man from our visits to Calais. He is a hard working, very wonderful Elder.

After a morning spent studying and learning things with the missionaries, interviewing with Pres, and talking to both Pres and Sister Staheli we met up with the Phairs. They picked us up and took us out to lunch. Guess where we went? It was McDonalds. So funny! After not going there for a year and a half, we went twice in one week. The Phairs were on their way down to Amien for the week-end to visit their old ward from their previous mission. We had a great visit together and we were able to exchange ideas for our young adult centers. We always come out of our time spent together with so many new ideas, recipes, and plans of action. Both of our centers are doing really well. It is great to be able to share ideas.

We came back to church where we had 2 scheduled baptisms of young adults. Unfortunately one of the boys didn't show up. I kind of expected that and was not really surprised at all. In fact, I was surprised that he even had a baptism date. I didn't feel like he was ready for the commitment. Hopefully he will mature and grow up and then be able to make and take the steps that he needs to in order to be a worthy member.

The baptism that took place was for Jerome. This young man is 19 years old. He is so wonderful. He is smart and very, very pleasant and nice. The surprise when you first meet him is that he is over 7 feet tall. He has to duck down to walk through a doorway. I keep thinking he will hit his head, but he never fails to duck down. I think he must have hit his head a few times when he first grew that tall though. Jerome had to kneel in the baptismal font for the baptism.

Here you see Jerome with Elder Neidhart. Elder Neidhart himself is very tall and Jerome just towers over him. It was fun to see them together. The next picture is dear Elder Jurris. We are so sad that he's leaving and he is a bit sad too although also excited to be serving in a new area. Elder Jurris will be a great addition wherever he goes.

Here I am with Jerome, who is on his knees, and Elder Bertrand.
The baptism itself was very, very nice. A very sweet spirit attended us there.

Here's Elder Porter. He is staying and I know I will have fun working with him every Thursday as we prepare for Institute together. He is fairly new on the mission, but progressing and learning by leaps and bounds. He is a great guy.

Look how pretty and handsome these missionaries are. I know I say it over and over, but they really are the best.

Saturday evening we were privileged to hear an awesome concert. These 4 girls are all missionaries in the Paris France Mission. They are all professional musicians too. The girl on the left is Soeur Shepherd. She was actually a replacement for the 4th member of the group. She played the flute.
Next to her is Soeur Brough. She has been playing the piano since the age of 5 and the flute since the age of 12. She has accompanied the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and has performed all over the western U.S.
In the pink is Elizabeth Smart. She has played with the University of Utah Studio Harp, The BYU Studio Harp. She has studied at the Aspen Music, with Nancy Allen of Juilliard and with Skaila Kanga of the Royale Academy of England and many others. She plays exquisitely. She told a fun story. When she was a little girl of about 4 or 5 years old, she came down one Christmas and saw a Christmas tree that was so beautiful. On that tree was an ornament of an angel playing a harp. She wanted to grow up to be an angel. And so, since the angel was playing a harp, she decided then and there that she better learn how to play the harp. And play the harp she does. She also looks like an angel and produces angelic sounds. Yes, this is the same Elizabeth Smart who was kidnapped and was in the news headlines for many, many months.
The girl on the far right is Soeur Mariah Wilson. What a talented, gifted, young woman she is. She plays the piano, the violin, composes music, has a beautiful singing voice and is so, so pleasant also. She too had her love of music begin at the age of 5. She has given concerts in Toronto, Paris, New York, Wisconsin, California, Nevada and Utah. She is an outstanding musician.
I came to the concert thinking it would be good. My expectations were far exceeded. It was amazing and wonderful. Each one of the young women performed beautifully. The audience sat mesmorized. It was one of the best performances I have been too. The Lord sure blesses some people with tons of talent.
We got home near 12:00 and I dropped into bed.

Sorry the pictures don't match up with the writing. I tried to fix it, but too technologically impaired to do it. I think you will be able to figure it out anyway. Hope so.


Yvonne said...

That is one tall Elder--I certainly understand about worrying that he is going to hit his head.

When you mentioned about the young man not showing up for his baptism--that almost happened to me. I remember the day of my baptism thinking, "What am I doing?" I almost went shopping--SURE GLAD I DIDN'T.

That must have been an amazing concert. What beautiful young women.

mariah christine said...

wow, thankyou for your write-up of the concert. I am so glad that President Staheli encouraged us to put that together. It was uplifting for everyone involved.
Soeur Wilson