I get a kick out of people who say, “I’m not religious, but I’m spiritual.” I know what they are trying to say, but pure religion requires serving others, and you can’t do that in a spiritual sense without a community of others who believe likewise.
Today I volunteered for security at “the Hill”. I asked for the post in front of the stage because it is busy and that makes the time go by fast.
Cast Practicing There was an added bonus - the cast was practicing. I got to see the entire Pageant (sans costumes). It was very interesting. In fact, a group of cyclists came through and were disappointed they missed the rehearsal and were debating on staying late enough to watch it. Now, that is COOL. They were not members of the church either. Sister and Brother Wallace, my good friends, are in the cast. Also, although I didn't get their picture, the O'Donnells are too. It's even more fun seeing people you know in pageant. I came home from my shift and my lens had arrived. So, I walked downtown to test it out.The Mansion
I decided to grab a photo of the house with my new 8mm lens. It is cool that I can get it ALL in. So, I get down there and I’m not there too long and it starts to just POUR. Well, there are some protesters out there (see next pic) and I’m sure that is why it started to pour rain. I think God was trying to tell them to LEAVE.
Sure enough. They left, it let up. And I mean, it was REALLY pouring. I have never seen it rain like that. EVER.
Moved to the front
As you can see the guy with the blue coat and green umbrella moved to the front of the building, but it still came down. Again, it didn’t let up until they left. In the meantime, while it was pouring, back behind the Grandin building was this sister missionary leading a tour group in singing some hymns…
Pouring Down Rain - Singing Hymns
I wish I had a video camera. I love how the young ladies of this church, when things get tough, often start singing a Primary song or hymn. Now, while this is all going on, Elder Hamblin is protecting the tour group from some disruptors who were trying to get on a tour so they could heckle the sister missionaries. (Like, come on guys… we don’t go in to your church buildings during a meeting and heckle your ministers. Really… how immature can you get?) At the end, Elder Hamblin got the card of the most vocal of the group…
The card (back)
I love how Elder Hamblin handled the situation. He even walked the group of would-be hecklers back to their car under cover of an umbrella. Now, that’s service. Now, that’s “love those who evily despise you.” Elder Hamblin, I think I speak for all those Saints in Palmyra, we love you. Thanks for the service you give.
The card (front)
Would-have-been Disrupted Tour