Well, today wasn’t my first Sunday at Palmyra, but it was my first Sunday as a permanent resident.
One of the first faces I saw at church this morning was that of Aaron Brown. Aaron was there with his wife and daughters. Now, the irony of this is that they are from Antioch, California. They did not know I had moved here and were quite surprised to see me here, as I was to see them.
Aaron Brown & Family
After church I stayed for choir practice. It’s nice having it right after church. The songs we practiced are for sacrament meeting the two weeks during Hill Cumorah Pageant.
When we got home, the Pulsiphers had some visitors — Bishop Jacoway and his family. Sister Pulsipher had fixed dinner for everyone and had dinner waiting for Elizabethe and me. After dinner I enjoyed giving the Jacoways a tour of the yard.
The Jacoway Family & Elder & Sister Pulsipher
After a very long nap, I woke and it was time to go to stake priesthood meeting. (Latter-day Saint men attend priesthood meeting every Sunday, but once a quarter, we attend a priesthood meeting where men from many congregations meet. Tonight was the Palmyra Stake’s quarterly stake priesthood meeting.) It was different because we did not meet at the chapel as we normally would. Instead, we gathered in a pavilion on the side of the Hill Cumorah.
It was raining lightly, and as we gathered and sang, I thought the rain would dampen the sound of our singing a capella. It did not. In fact, the sound was wonderful as several hundred men joined together in song. What a delight it was to be gathered there, where some 1600 years ago, Moroni buried the sacred record knowing only that it was for a wise and glorious purpose.
Our closing hymn was “Praise to the Man.” Again, it was a wonderful experience to sing that hymn as it was only yesterday that marked the asassination of Joseph Smith, Jr., and his brother Hyrum.
I also ran into my old friend and former missionary companion, Paul O’Donnell. Paul gave me a reprimand for not telling him I had moved here. I truly look forward to doing more things with Paul. Of all the missionaries I served with, Paul was my favorite. I learned so much while serving with him. He is truly an example to me.
The Hill Cumorah, Palmyra, New York