We had to be at church an hour early because we were singing with the choir. The place was packed. They opened all of the curtains clear to the back and people were sitting on the stage. It looked like an overfilled stake conference.
Elder Weston and President Siebach spoke, and the choir sang 4 hymns. Elder Weston mentioned that he is reminded of two hymns when he visits the Sacred Grove. When he said that, I thought of “Oh, How Lovely was the Morning” and “Praise to the Man.” Well, that’s exactly what he said. For some reason, I don’t think either one of us are alone on that thought.
After church I grabbed a tuna sandwich and headed to Hill Cumorah. I had volunteered to do security on the hill. I had never done this before, and didn’t know what to expect.
6 hours in the sun, with a cool breeze and I had no clue as to how burnt my face was getting. I got one heck of a sunburn on my face. (Sunscreen next time.)
It was quite fun asking people where they were from. People from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Plano, Texas, Orem, Utah (lots!!!), Provo, Salt Lake City, Logan, and many other Utah towns, Burley & Pocatello, Idaho, Maryland, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Canada, and more.
I asked a group of young ladies who was the best photographer in their group. A Kirsten volunteered. She got this shot of me “guarding the stage” at the Hill…
Guarding the Stage at Hill Cumorah
For the most part, I answered questions like, “Is this the way to the trail to the top?”
Or, “How long does it take to drive to the Peter Whitmer Farm?”
Yeah, it was a tough job, but someone had to do it.
I do think I had the best spot for talking to the cast members and tourists. If it weren’t for that, I would have died of boredom. There are some amazing people who are in this production. One 11 year old girl said this was her THIRD year in the cast. Another young lady, about 16 years old, said it was her third year also. A young man from Orem, Utah, was there for his second year in a row. They were all impressive. You take one look at these kids and you feel there is hope left in this world for it to become a better place.
I will definitely sign up for the job again next year.
I came home and had dinner with my wife and sat and talked to Elder Gerdy and Sister Pulsipher. Elder and Sister Pulsipher have been on EIGHT missions. He retired at 62 and since then they have just kept going on missions for the church. They have been to Mongolia and China, as well as serving a prison mission (where they traveled to prisons throughout the U.S.A. and taught the prisoners.)
The Mansion at Sunset