Ring In The New!

1 January 2017

By way of celebrating New Year's Eve, we participated in a delightful activity on Temple Square. There was a Broadway show-tunes Sing-a-long held for an hour in the Assembly Hall. It was great fun sitting with a room full of strangers with all of us belting out songs from Newsies; Annie; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; New York, New York; Man of La Mancha; Sound of Music, and several more! We loved it! We didn't stay out much longer after that, but, came home and prepared a small table of goodies.

This morning we were excited to hear that our 21-year-old granddaughter, Ryann, (our oldest) is now engaged to be married. No date has been set, yet, and we haven't met her intended, but we're happy for her.

Today was our first day to meet as the new Ensign Peak Missionary Branch and we had great meetings. Since we are studying the teachings of President Gordon B. Hinckley this year, our special guest for a joint Priesthood/Relief Society meeting, was someone who knew President Hinckley, personally. And, it was awesome to hear some of his experiences. The guest was Brother Herbert Klopfer, whom I mentioned in a previous post. He was the stake president to several prophets, including President Hinckley.

He also served on the Church music committee with President Hinckley back in the 1980's, while the committee was selecting hymns for our current hymnbook.

Hymn #135 – My Redeemer Lives –  is interesting because it’s the only hymn in our hymnal that is entirely written by general authorities. Gordon B. Hinckley wrote the words and G. Homer Durham, who was a Seventy, wrote the music. Brother Klopfer said that when the decision was made to put Pres. Hinckley’s words to music, there were 17 different submissions for possible tunes. When they told Pres. Hinckley they had chosen the music by Elder Durham, Pres. Hinckley said, “That’s wonderful! He was a boyhood friend of mine. We played sports together and even wore the same size shoe. So, in high school, we would play tricks on each other by taking the other’s shoes.” Plus, they served in the same mission together in England.

Bro. Klopfer also related stories about Pres. Hinckley’s warmth, and his kindness to others. We enjoyed hearing these stories in preparation for our Priesthood and Relief Society study this year.

As this New Year begins, we are feeling blessed to be in this mission, at this time, and look forward to many opportunities to serve others throughout this year. 

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