Tara’s Farewell

Today was interesting. I tried to sleep in, but the hotel alarm clock woke me up at 6:30 and I could not figure out how to turn the stupid thing off! I tried unplugging it from the wall, but they must have known I was coming and wrapped the cord around the bed so I couldn’t do that! Once I was fully coherent, I was finally able to figure out how to turn each of its alarms off. I was able to get back to sleep for a while and then decided that I would progress to check on the hotel breakfast buffet. I’m sure it wasn’t as good as Cheesecake, but it wasn’t horrible. The blueberry muffin was quite good, so was my cheese omelet and some of the fruit.

I came back up to the room intending on reading for a while, but I got sidetracked on facebook somehow. Before I knew it, it was time to head to pickup Shelly and get to Tara’s meetinghouse. We got there at just the right time and had a great lesson from a member of the Bountiful Utah Temple Presidency. There were a few times where it really hit me the sacrifice that people went through to build temples. He did a good job explaining timelines and other events going on at the same time as certain temples were being built. A lot of it was stuff I already knew, but hadn’t necessarily realized. It made me feel bad for not going to the temple yesterday as I was planning on at one point.

For Sunday School we talked about how to keep the spirit of Christmas with us throughout the year. Tara suggested we get her presents everyday. Seriously though, being more Christlike throughout the year would be good. One sister shared that every year on Christmas Eve, each member of her family writes down a goal for the next year and then places it in the manger. She says that the next year, before writing down the new goal(s), they open the ones from last year which have been sealed up and consider how they have done. This is supposed to be a gift for the Savior, and something that we can work on throughout the year.

The chapel (and cultural hall) was (were) nearly filed to the brim with people there to support Tara and the other sister who will be serving a mission. Tara did a good job explaining some missionary opportunities she has had and encouraged those in attendance to pick up the missionary efforts even here where 1 in 1.4 people is a member. The other sister talked about the difference between sharing the gospel and preaching the gospel. After Church was the reception at her house where it seemed most of the ward showed up. Shelly and I only stayed for about an hour and decided to move on. She was going to see another friend and I was going to get some reading in.

Gateway PlazaBut plans change. After I dropped Shelly off, I wasn’t really sure what to do. I didn’t really want to come back and sit in the hotel room alone, but I thought that some reading time would be good. I didn’t get any pictures of temple square, and since it was dark I decided to head over there and take some pictures. I did that and managed to practically freeze to death in the process. Once I finally realized this, I decided it was time to get back in the car and get to the hotel. I think I’m almost thawed out now, many hours later.

I hoped on the computer, which I don’t think has ever been frozen before. I’ve thought my computer was cold before, but never this cold! I wasn’t actually sure if it was going to work to be honest. It did, however, and I spent more time on facebook trying to catch up on what has been happening. I discovered that Shay was in Utah, so i texted her to find out where she was and what she was doing. I thought maybe she would be headed to a big party and would have some great treats, but it didn’t sound like it.

Larilyn said that practically everyone asked her where I was today. Not because I was missing, but because they had heard that I might be in Switzerland with Maegan for New Year’s! I love the rumor mill!

Well, it is after 11 and my chocolate covered strawberries still haven’t arrived. I don’t think they’re coming, so I’m going to head to bed so I am recharged for the trip home tomorrow.

P.S. The evening worked out well in the hotel room and I didn’t even have to resort to 24!