Modern revelation is what modern prophets are all about. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is guided by modern day revelation. This weekend was a perfect example of modern revelation.
On Saturday, two vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles were filled. I had guessed right on Elder Gong, and Elder Sorres was no surprise either. These men have been called as special witnesses to Jesus Christ.
Saturday night a change in procedure was announced. Effective immediately, the High Priests will meet with the Elders’ Quorum, and there will be one presidency over the Elders’ Quorum that can consist of Elders or High Priests. Only High Priest serving in the Stake Presidency, Stake High Council or Bishoprics or Patriarchs will attend High Priest Quorum meetings.
This is an inspired change and will help in getting things accomplished in the church.
Sunday’s announcement was Home Teaching and Visiting Teaching will no longer be called such, but will be called “Ministering”. I encourage anyone wondering about it to read the talk by Elder Holland.
This too is an inspired change to help usher in the Second Coming. Other things were announced in association with these two big changed. They are all exciting. As a result of both announcements, the next few weeks will see much change.
President Nelson announced 7 new temples. The big ones are one in Russia and one in Bangalore, India. India is the one that surprises me. I didn’t realize we were that close to building a temple in India.
It makes me wonder how close we are to building a temple in some of the Arab Nations.
As I mentioned last Sunday, angels attend the Palmyra Ward. Today was another angelic performance as the congregation and choir sang The Spirit of God.
Palmyra is a special place, but during Hill Cumorah Pageant, it becomes more special. Every night at Hill Cumorah Pageant is an angelic performance too. The rest of the year, we’re special too.
After church we were going to go for a walk in the Sacred Grove, but Becky was feeling tired and we’ll have other opportunities. We came home and everyone rested. (We had a very busy day yesterday too.)
For dinner I made zucchini lasagna. Basically, I slice the zucchini very thin and layer it like you would lasagna pasta. It’s quite good and not as heavy feeling as pasta.
Elders Falter and Astle came to dinner. They really liked the lasagna. We also had mango pudding with fruit on top for dessert. It was a pretty healthy dinner. Oh, and we had a tossed salad too.
After the missionaries left we watched a movie about a boy who was born on Mars and when he was a teenager, came to earth. It was cute, but like many movies like that, farfetched.
We have a couple staying who are from San Francisco, California. They are riding their bikes from Buffalo to Albany. I think they were surprised when I knew the area around Twin Peaks. I asked, “Oh, do you live in Pacific Heights?” Their eyes got big as if to say, “Oh, you do know the area.”
The peas from my garden are not overcooked, but they are gray peas. Fresh out of our garden, they look gray.
I made pot roast for the elders tonight. The peas are a side dish, and in spite of them being fresh and barely cooked, they are gray peas. Everything else, including my rice pudding, turned out great.
We stayed after for choir practice. Pageant is next weekend. Everyone expects the Palmyra Ward Choir to sing. We will not disappoint.
The Palmyra Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints receives many visitors on the two Sundays surrounding Hill Cumorah Pageant. It’s usually around 1,500 people. As a result, the building is packed and seating limited.
Rice pudding deserves lots of raisins. My recipe is simple… 1 cup sugar, 1 can condensed milk, 1 can evaporated milk and 6 eggs. Beat well. Add to rice and raisins. The more raisins, the better. Then bake in a shallow dish for 60 minutes at 325.
Regarding the amount of rice… I just throw leftover rice in. 3 cups, 4 cups… who knows.
My goal is to go riding first thing tomorrow morning. I’m praying my body doesn’t hurt so much it discourages me away from riding. This is my plan, and I am sticking to it!
I will take the Erie Canal Trail. My route is undecided, but we’ll shall see how things go.
The weather cooperated today! The missionaries scheduled to rake the leaves today, and the weather cooperated all day. We had 4 of the 6 missionaries helping. The other two were under the weather.
The leaves are wet and heavy. While the advantage is they don’t blow around as much, the disadvantage is they are HEAVY. The missionaries struggled to pull the tarp.
The pile in the front yard is big, and there is a decent sized pile behind the house too.
After working at the leaves for 3 hours, we took a lunch break. I found a coupon for Mark’s Pizzeria and we got a “party” size pizza and a couple of sides dishes. It all went quickly.
Just as we’re starting lunch, my tablet arrives. The box was all beat up. I took pictures in case the tablet has damage. Fortunately it did not.
Because we still had leaves to rake, I unpacked it, plugged it in to charge, and went back to work.
Evening with the New Tablet
I spent the evening with the new tablet, and I painted a quick landscape. The tablet did not come with a stylus (pen), and so I sampled every one we had laying around the house. Ironically, my finger worked better than any of them. I will research styli and find out which one other Spectre users like.
When Elizabethe cleaned the freezer the other day she found a bunch of cubed turkey ham. The stuff is a little salty, like Spam, and so I want to mask the taste. I decided it will taste best in baked beans. I took that and a ham bone and threw them in the crock pot with a mixture of red and black beans.
Elizabethe joked that the elders will eat anything. I made some broiled chicken breasts wrapped in bacon, greens from the garden, and the baked beans. The beans were pretty decent in spite of the salty turkey ham.
Today at Church
Today at church we had a lot of visitors. There were not as many as last week, but there were still a lot. The High Priest Group was packed. (Last week, many took off after Sacrament Meeting. This week, a large group stayed for all the meetings.)
I find it interesting since Sacrament and Priesthood/Relief Society are both commanded meetings to attend why so many people, when traveling, take off right after Sacrament Meeting. The same is true with General Conference. We’re commanded to attend conferences, but so many find it a “vacation” from church and go do something else. I don’t understand it.
Speaking of High Priest Group, Chuck Collie was teaching. He had the visitors laughing. I bet they went away thinking we are the most lively High Priest Group in the church. Well, they’re right.
You know you’re getting old when you have to set an alarm clock for getting up on Christmas morning. This Christmas 2015 I told everyone breakfast is at 9am. So, I set an alarm so I could get up and be dressed and cleaned up in time for breakfast.
We invited the full-time and service missionaries for breakfast. We had to do two shifts – one for the elders and one for the sisters.
To keep things simple, I had decided we would have Chinese Dim Sum for breakfast. This is all prepared items at just needed re-heating, so preparations were simple.
The missionaries had never had dim sum before except for pot stickers. One raved about the Hunan chili paste. I think he ate half the bottle. (I should have sent him home with the rest.)
After their breakfast, we presented them with stockings full of items missionaries can use: combs, toothbrushes, colored pencils (which seemed to be the most appreciated item), and little things like that. This is a tradition Elizabethe and I started a few years back and one of my highlights of Christmas day.
After the missionaries left, we moved in to the living room to open our gifts. The grandchildren had already been down (very early in the morning) and saw their gifts from Santa. Now was the time for them to open their wrapped gifts.
I gave Elizabethe a small cordless drill/screw-driver that was not only small, but had a screw-holder. She has been complaining about all of our drills being to big for her hand, so when I saw this a few months back, I thought, “Perfect!”
She gave me a nice solar-battery pack that I can clip to a backpack or camera bag so it can dangle in the sun. The thing is well made and weather sealed. No more worry about being without power when away from power. This thing will definitely accompany me on any long adventures.
Everyone snacked all day and we opted to not have dinner as everyone was full on sweets and other snacks. We will save the ham for tomorrow’s dinner.
Elizabethe Returns home tonight. Her flight comes in around 11:30pm.
I managed to sleep in until almost noon. I’m sure the pain medication helped.
After getting up, Ron took me to the house to drop off my bag and stuff so we would have room in the car for Elizabethe’s bags.
The full-time elders came and taught a discussion to Nick (Ron and Mary’s grandson) and had dinner with us. It has been nice staying with them. They have treated me like family.
Around 11pm we headed to the airport to pick up Elizabethe. We got there and shortly after pulling in the cell phone lot she called and said she had her bags and was ready.
We got home around midnight. It is nice to be in my own bed, in my own house, with my wife. Another trauma of the accident… I don’t want to travel without Elizabethe or visa-versa. It’s pretty disturbing to be in an accident and not have your spouse near your side.
I could hardly fall asleep. I’m not sure why. My knee was a bit swollen and I had it propped, but for some reason, my brain just did not want to go to sleep.
Six missionaries came over today to help Elizabethe and me with raking the leaves. At the end, one of the sisters commented that when she saw the leaves she thought there weren’t that many. But, when we got them all done (about 3.5 hours later) she noted that it WAS a LOT of leaves.
Mark’s Pizzeria saved the day with a big party-sized pizza for lunch. (You can’t have missionaries over unless you feed them. That’s Elder Walton’s rule.)
We still have a few patches of leaves, but the next time I mow I’ll probably get them sucked up.
I’ve watched the size of the Palmyra Ward congregation during Sacrament meeting for several years since I sit on the stand. In the past, the number of people in attendance seems to taper off a lot comes October. This year, today was that taper-off day. It seems the numbers really shrunk this week. In fact, I think they could have kept the overflow shut and still had enough room for everyone.
Elizabethe stuck around after church for the annual calendar session, while I went home and started preparations for dinner. I decided I’d feed the elders enchilada casserole.