Flexible

Flexible

It’s good to be flexible when you work in the temple.  Tonight was no exception.  The first half of the evening I was moved around from place to place.  That’s okay with me.  It turned out to be a very enjoyable evening.

One guest completed the work for his mom and his dad.  I asked about having them sealed and he said they have an appointment to meet up with his brother in Utah and do the sealings there.

How cool is that!

Sad News

We got some sad news tonight that one of our friends was in a very serious car accident and in critical condition.  We added her name to the prayer rolls at the temple.

Disappointing News

I read where someone commented that a member of the First Presidency is “out of touch” with “modern morality” because he is a “bigot”.  It’s disappointing because this person is “out of touch” with “God’s laws of morality” and are showing their insecurity and hatred.

It’s all kind of crazy thinking on their behalf, and here’s why…

God defines morality — not society.  If society did we’d still be dancing around a golden calf, getting drunk and having sex with anything that moves.  But, at a time when that was going on, God gave 10 commandments to his prophet, Moses, and commanded that such practices stop.

The law of chastity is quite clear — Sex is between a legally and lawfully wedded man and woman.  Anything else God has declared as a sin.

Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017

For Halloween 2017 we went to the temple.  I officiated the first session which had 47 people.  Most of them are site missionaries, plus there were people there for a couple who are being endowed and then sealed.

I goofed up after the session.  I have an assignment to go to sealings,  so I went to the sealing of the couple who were there to be sealed.  Unknown to me they had a proxy session going on in the other sealing room.  Oh, well.

Earlier in the Day

Earlier in the day I had hard drive problems.  As a result, I decided to re-format this hard drive.  It wouldn’t work.  It kept locking up the USB 3.0 port.

I think I’ve figured it out.  The drive pulls more power than the wall wart I am using.  I found a 3A wall wart.  I will try it tomorrow.  It is time to invest in bigger wall warts.  You can always use a higher amperage wall wart, but an under-powered one can/will cause problems.

Hmmm… I wonder if someone makes a multi-drive power supply for external USB drives.  Most of them use the same size coaxial plug.  As a result, there’s no reason someone can’t make a universal multi-tap supply.  It would save on power strip outlets too.

 

 

Well, That’s a Deep Subject

They came to start drilling the well today.  Elizabethe asked if they could remove all the bushes along the back, and they said they could, so they started pulling them out.  Of course, now comes our part of doing what is needed to keep those weeds (bushes) from coming back.

It was a busy night at the temple.  I was able to participate in the sealing of Enrico’s parents, and sealing Enrico to his parents.  It was a delightful experience and I felt that all three of them were rejoicing over the experience.

I miss you bud.

Enrico's Gun Permit Photo
Enrico’s Gun Permit Photo

Logan Bound

My goal was to leave Highland for Logan at 8am.  Even though the sealing for Rebecca and Chris was at noon, I did not want to be late.  So, when I went to load stuff in the car, there was about 3.5 inches of snow on the ground already.  By the time I got the car loaded, it was about 4 inches.

Rebecca called during this time.  She was a little miffed that certain family members were calling her trying to get her to change her plans because of the weather.  So, both Rebecca and I made some phone calls to discover the storm was quite localized to the Utah Valley and did not extend into Salt Lake or points north.

We picked up Amber, but just before that, my ex-wife called asking if her and her husband could hitch a ride with us. 

Who does that?

We had to tell her no because we already had 3 passengers in a 4 passenger sub-compact.  (By the way, this Nissan we rented was the worst car I have ever driven. What a death trap.  I’ll never rent one again.)  It is a good thing we didn’t try to squeeze them in because Jennifer called and needed a ride.

The 4 of us were finally Logan bound around 9:40am.  Once we passed Salt Lake City, there was hardly any snow falling.  By the time we made it to Willard Bay, the ground did not have any snow.  By the time we got the Brigham City, the skies were starting to clear.

We made it there on time, and all went smoothly for the sealing.  It was so nice to see Rebecca and Chris and Zoe sealed. 

We had lunch at a Mexican Restaurant in Logan.  (Not the greatest food.  And, I had way too much Mexican food this trip.)

We took Amber back to her work, and then Jennifer to her in-laws.  We let the kids open their presents from us, and visited for a bit with them.

While I was there, Kathy and I talked by phone.  I had to provide the Reader’s Digest version of the trip.  She was quite appalled at some of the antics that went on.  Rebecca got a kick out of some of her comments about what she would have done had she been there.   We had a good laugh.

We had some time before having to be to the airport.  I drove Elizabethe up and around the Draper Temple.  We looked at the castle-like homes up there.

We then stopped at Kneader’s for a quick snack, and then on to the airport.

When we got to SLC, we discovered the check in was closed for their break.  So, we had to sit around for an hour and a half waiting.  It went quickly.  Before long, we were on our way back home.

Wedding Day for Ben and Natalie

We spent last night at Bethe’s sister’s house in Orem. They have a cat and so about 4 am I was up with allergies. I got dressed and Elizabethe and I headed to Walmart to get some antihistamines.

We ate breakfast at Kneader’s. I highly recommend their French Toast. Very good!

We had some things to get done and in the midst of our errands Natalie called and she was in tears. Her mom was doing her darnedest to undermine the pictures at the temple. (A series of wagers had been made regarding how long it would take Cindy or Vivian to bring Natalie to tears. Sad, but a fact of life in the Carson family.) After getting her settled down, we continued on.

Hundreds of weddings have shown me 1) people are always late, 2) people misjudge how long it will take to do pics, 3) people have no clue as to outdoor lighting. Add all three together and there is no room for control-freaks at weddings.

We got shots of the girls, grandkids, my side of the family and bride’s maids and then Ben and Natalie had to rush off to the temple to check in. About 10 minutes later, who shows up?

Okay, it goes without saying.

The sealing was wonderful. We did a few shots on the temple steps before we ran out of daylight.

The girls, Elizabethe, Marilyn and grandkids and I grabbed a quick bite at a sandwich shop and then on to the reception.

We had a fun time there.