Today marked the start of the sign-ups for Pageant 2013. They are looking for people to help with security, parking, and more. I signed up for the Monday Morning slot. I may sign up for more, but I have to check all the schedules for the studio and house.
We had 7 guests last night. It was a busy weekend.
Sisters Sumpsion and Anderson came to dinner tonight. It was Sister Sumpsion’s first dinner appointment. She’s been out less than a week.
I fixed some roasted chicken thighs, garlic mashed potatoes, Elizabethe made a salad, and we had some pickled beets she put up last summer. The chicken turned out great. Now I just need to figure out where I got the great rub that I used on the chicken. (It may have been something at the dollar store.)
After dinner, Elizabethe wasn’t feeling well, so she went to bed, and I went to the broadcast from the Seminar for New Mission Presidents. What a great broadcast.
I was especially touched by President Packer’s comments. It was a bit of a farewell address. He commented that he doesn’t think he’ll be around much longer, so it was a bit emotional. He closed his remarks with one of the strongest testimonies of the Savior. One sentence spoken very powerfully.
Speaking of President Packer…
The one time I attended General Priesthood in the Tabernacle, I got there very early, and as soon as the doors opened, I grabbed a seat as close as I could to the front and in the center. While I stood near my seat, waiting for the session to start, President Packer came in the Tabernacle. There were only a few of us in the general seating area. He came down the aisle, walked up to me and said, “Hi, I’m Elder Packer,” as if I didn’t know who he was. It was said humbly and with a warm smile.
I said, “I know. It is a pleasure to meet you in person.”
Elder Packer proceeded to ask where I was from. When he found out I was a student at B.Y.U., he asked what I was studying. I told him I was a chemistry major. He was very impressed as he eyed my thick physics and chemistry text books. We stood there and talked for some time, and he didn’t act as though he had anywhere else to be. As our conversation wound down, he commented that he should probably go get ready for conference.
He is also a very accomplished artist. (See his work here.) His bird carvings are just amazing.
After the broadcast, I felt uplifted and excited about the 70,000+ missionaries currently serving.