The St. George Utah Temple (formerly the St. George Temple) is the first temple completed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after the forced exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois, within two years of the death of Joseph Smith, Jr. Located in the city of St. George, Utah, it was designed by Truman O. Angell and is more similar in its design to the Nauvoo Temple than to later LDS temples. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._George_Utah_Temple (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Just last Wednesday I took my son to the St. George temple to do some baptisms for the dead. (See here) It took us over 2 hours to do 5 names each. We had more family names, but due to the volume of people also waiting, we were asked to keep it to 5 each. Others also had stacks of family names they were asked to limit. The poor workers were doing everything they could to keep up with the rush of people. I had thought that going in the middle of the day, middle of the week that it would not be that bad. The workers told us they had been this busy for weeks and expected the rush (about 50 people the entire time) to continue through the spring. The last time we went we went at 7am on a holiday weekend, but it was crowded then as well. Even our youth groups are only invited to come once or twice a year. No one wants to complain that it is too crowded at the temple, but it really is!
As we sat and waited, and waited, we were able to really enjoy the spirit and atmosphere inside the temple. Jeremy leaned over and expressed a desire that instead of just sitting, he wished he had the option of wandering the rooms and halls of the temple to more fully enjoy his experience. We realized that he has never been to a temple open house. We spoke about what an experience that would be for him.
Needless to say, we were super excited when it was announced in conference over the weekend that southern Utah is getting an additional temple!!! It is planned for Cedar City, the other primary population center that we share the St. George temple with. Now Jeremy will get his wish of walking through the temple and enjoying the spirit and the building and attending an open house!
A few days ago I was trying to get a hold of someone who had recently moved to my area to bring them something. I didn’t know their name or phone number or address, just basically who they were. They didn’t know who I was or that I wanted to get a hold of them.
Wednesday an old friend called me asking for a favor. I was busy and was going to let voice mail get it, but felt I should answer anyway. I haven’t contacted this particular friend for a while, but she was looking for someone to help out with a project that happened to involve the first person I needed to get a hold of. She needed me to bring them something else, so she called me up and gave me the name and address that I was looking for, without even knowing I had been wanting that information.
A little busy today. Tonight I host a gaggle of pre-teen girls. Wish me luck!
Curious what everyone’s opinions on sleepovers are. I guess they can be pretty dangerous things, but they can also be quite fun. My 11 year old and I decided she could host a sleepover for her party. Invites were sleepover with parental approval (abt 50/50 from the parents), but whoever was still here after 10:30 gets to go to sleep. We’ll see how that goes.
I have noticed that when I get too busy, distracted, or worried. I don’t see miracles as easily. I guess today’s would be that while hubby was realizing he was stood up for an appointment to tune a piano, another call came in and he was able to fit them in that exact time spot. Things work out.
I have the blackest thumb in town. Yet, there is one – and only one – flower I have not managed to kill yet. We have some lilac bushes in our side yard. They are not thriving, but they are not dead either. They bloom for one week a year. They started blooming this week. It looks like we may have lilac’s in bloom this year for Easter. How fun!
Okay, so for our trip we opted last minute for the rental. We needed at least 7 seats, so a mini-van was our only option. For some reason the mini-vans always seem to be rented at least a month in advance, and I had less than 24 hours to find something. I hit the internet, searching through all 3 car rental places in town, and prayed. Finally I found a place that actually had a mini-van available, and for a reasonable price! Relieved, I quickly made the reservation online and put that worry out of my mind.
The next morning, as we were getting ready to leave, the rental company called us and explained that there had been a problem with their online reservation system, and there weren’t really any mini-vans available. What they were able to do, however, was give us a free upgrade to a 15 passenger van for the same price. We didn’t really need that many seats, but we needed a vehicle. We accepted and it turned out great! Everyone had all the space they could possibly need on our trip, and there was very little complaining. Most of them could even stretch out and sleep in the seat they had to themselves. As a bonus, the kids were so far behind us they didn’t even bother asking every 5 minutes if we were there yet.
My largest worry was the increase in the amount of gas that this vehicle would use. When everything was said and done, however, we somehow still came in under our gas budget for the trip, so things turned out great.
Every March I hold a contest for my piano students. It is the time of year they start getting too busy or lazy to stay on top of their practice, so I just need to give them a little push. My children are no exception to the lazy bug, and it helps them as much as anyone.
Yesterday I was explaining to my son how the practice contest was going to work, the prizes, and what he was supposed to work on. It was too much, he didn’t want to practice, he couldn’t do it, he wanted to give up before he even started. That evening I set out the song he was working on and his practice chart and just left it on the piano. Looking for a way to get out of going to bed, he gravitated over to his music. Suddenly he remembered how much he actually liked the song he was learning, and sat down to practice, doing everything he had been asked to, and more. This morning, first thing, he has already gotten to work and finished learning the song that he had been putting off for months!
We all know that time changes things, incentives change, and so does perspective. If I had forgotten that concept, and gotten caught up in the negative emotions of the moment, I would have decided that working with this child was not possible and that it would take a miracle to get him to even try. Patience, time, and change can allow things to happen that we would have previously considered impossible. I believe this is one way miracles happen. It is not because the impossible has occurred, but because time and patience have occurred.
Last week I sloughed work. I was supposed to teach 7 piano lessons last Wednesday, then I was done for the week. 2 called and asked to move them up to earlier in the week. A family of 3 had an emergency and had to leave town unexpectedly, then at the last minute another one had to postpone for a week. That left me with only 1 lesson. My kids were starting to not feel well, and I really didn’t want to drive across town for just 1 lesson. I normally would, but last week I just really wanted to be done and focus on my kids. I cancelled the lesson. The only odd thing is I had no guilt at all.
This week we found out that our family has had strep throat. That Wednesday was the day we were most contagious. I think it was great that I avoided passing it on to so many people, and I know that last student really appreciated not sharing!