In the Congregation

In the Congregation

I’m sitting in the congregation today!  It seems strange.  After eight years of being on the stand it is nice to sit with my wife.  (I was released last week as ward organist after 8 years.)

Several people commented and asked, “Does it feel strange?”

Well, a little, but it feels good too.  Change is good.

Testimony

I am convinced the bishopric can repeat over and over that testimonies should be brief, and define what a testimony is, and the same people who keep doing it will keep doing it because either a) they really don’t understand, or b) they don’t listen.

A friend posted on his Facebook profile about this topic, and all sorts of people chimed in leading me to believe people don’t understand.  As a result, my friend chimed in and bore his testimony as to how powerful it is to simply stick to statements of belief and knowledge.

So, gleaning from many sources here’s what it is…

  • It is a short statement of your believe, faith or knowledge of Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father, the Restored Gospel, the Book of Mormon and Scriptures, etc.

These statements are usually prefaced by, “I know…. “,  “I believe… “,  or “I trust… “, or “I have faith…”

For examples, “I believe God lives.”, “I know my Father in Heaven loves me.”, “I have faith that we will live after again after we die.”

It doesn’t have to contain a story, and if it does, it should be short and supportive of your statement of fact.  It should never be an exhortation, call to repentance, or a prepared talk.  Thus, it only has to be a few statements of deep conviction.

Dinner with the Sisters

Dinner with Sisters Henrie and Searle was nice.  I made grilled salmon atop a bed of greens, mushrooms, onions and topped with a mustard demi-glace.  Dessert, well, that was unusual… cucumbers imitating apple slices over ice cream.

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Salmon Over Greens with Demi-glace
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Sisters Searle and Henrie and Elizabethe

 

Spring Stake Conference 2017

Spring Stake Conference 2017

Spring Stake Conference 2017 is today.  I am not the organist so I get to sit with Elizabethe today.

Several people were asked to share impromptu testimonies.  They were all good.  The fact that people bore testimony is evidence their being asked was inspired.

A Day Off

It’s unbelievable how many church members see stake conference as a day off.  I recall one member saying, “I’m going skiing for a couple of days.  We have stake conference so that gives me another day on the slopes.”

Uhh… really?

Because it is stake conference that means you can break the sabbath?

Chicken Stew

Elizabethe convinced me to make chicken stew for dinner.  Why not.  I threw it in the crock pot and that’s 80% of the work.

I also made brownies for dessert.  If anyone’s had my brownies, you know they are the best.  After the elders left there were two servings left — two from a 9×13″ pan.  Hence, they were that good.

A can of pop-n-fresh rolls made another easy fix.  I really didn’t do a lot to fix dinner tonight.

Oh, and Elizabethe made a salad.

Public Affairs

I almost forgot about my public affairs meeting.  I looked at my watch.  It was 6:52 p.m.  Panic set in as I thought, “Oh, shoot.  I have a meeting in 8 minutes.”

I made it just as it was starting.  But, I walked in the door with 3 other people.  If you’re going to be late, you might as well be late as a group… right?

We looked at the new comparative religions document.  When they pulled up the page on Judaism, the picture at the top was one of mine.  I started to laugh.  It was a picture of Doug Ellsworth at the Western Wall wearing a yarmulke.

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Doug at the Western Wall

I also noticed the picture of the Kirtland Temple was one of mine too.

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Kirtland Temple

 

Last Fast Sunday

Last Fast Sunday

It’s the last Sunday of the month and we are having Fast Sunday today because next week is a regional conference.  Hence, it’s last fast Sunday.  (Okay, now that I’ve written it, it doesn’t sound as funny.)

Our recent Sacrament Meeting talks on Testimonies made it through to some people.  I must admit, today was an improvement.

I am so tired today the muscles around my eyes are spasming.  This happened years ago when I was doing all those migration cuts at night time.  It was when I was married to Cindy and I recognize it as a symptom of lack of sleep.

As a result, I came home and took a nap.  That helped and the spasms are gone.

Leek Soup

Elizabethe wanted potato and leek soup.  I told her I have no cream.  She said I should make it without cream, and so I did.

When Elizabethe saw the soup she said I misunderstood and should have used milk.  Oh, well.  We fed it to the missionaries and they LOVED it.  Elizabethe admitted it is pretty good too.

I started reorganizing my camera bag.  I get so frustrated doing this.  There’s no such thing as a “perfect” camera bag.  There is always something that doesn’t quite fit.

Wait!  Maybe there is.

I know.. .I’ll wrap all my cameras in air/water tight bags.  Place them where I want them, and then fill the bag with spray foam.  Then, when it’s set up, carve away the top and … ta-da!  Custom padding.

Okay, maybe I won’t.  Knowing my luck the bag would leak and ruin my camera and lens.