9 Dec 2017
We can’t really say we’ve enjoyed this week of temperatures in the 20’s, but we’ve gotten to attend some great events, nonetheless. Brrr!
The Family History Department (FHD) had their annual Christmas Devotional and lunch for all the employees and missionaries who work here in the FHD. Elder Bradley Foster, a General Authority Seventy, who is the Executive Director of the Family History Department presided at the meeting, and Steve Rockwood, Managing Director of the FHD, conducted. We heard from two of the seventies who serve as associate directors in the FHD, Elder Edward Dube from Zimbabwe and Elder Eduardo Gavarret, from Peru. It was interesting to hear of their backgrounds as well as their testimonies. And, at one point, Elder Gavarret had us all sing a delightful and lively Christmas song from Peru. (We did really well on the La La La La La parts – not so much on the lines of Spanish.) :-)
Last night we went to The Piano Guys concert. (This is what I gave Bob for his birthday) It did not disappoint! They’re such amazing and innovative musicians! Their special guest was Lexi Walker. She sang that beautiful rendition she does of "O Holy Night" sung to the tune of "Ave Maria." It’s fabulous! And, they ended the show with the song they wrote that is a compilation of "Fight Song" and "Amazing Grace" – with a dozen bagpipes on stage backing them up. Loved it!
It’s hard to believe Christmas is just over two weeks away. And, even harder to believe that I will be in NC for Christmas! I’ll be there from Dec. 23 until very early in the morning on Jan. 2. It actually seems weird to be leaving the mission. But, I’m glad the mission presidency were flexible enough to allow this trip. Hopefully, I’ll be useful for Susy and her family. A lot depends on when the baby actually arrives.