I had a pretty good day today. I didn’t get to spend much time at home this morning before getting to work, but I did enjoy some time in bed playing Bubbles Tilt and Soduku. I had to go in to work this morning to meet a customer and then went into the bank on my way to the temple.
We had a baptistry assignment today, so Larilyn and I went down early and did an endowment session before doing baptisms. It was weird to be a full on patron; I don’t think I’ve done that since I became an ordinance worker. I felt out of place without having my jacket nearby. We had a really small session, so we ended up becoming the witness couple and I think there was only one other patron in the session that wasn’t a worker.
In any event, I was finally able to do some of my family names today, including my mom. I had been meaning to get going on this for a while (like a year), but just hadn’t gotten around to it. I think it was mostly because I didn’t know what needed to be done to prepare the names. Now that I know it is so easy to do the work in familysearch, I don’t know why it took me so long. I’m really happy to have done the work and to have presented the opportunity to each of these individuals to accept the baptism we performed today by proxy. I hope and trust that many if not most or all of the ordinances were accepted. Larilyn said she knew my mom was there; I don’t know how she feels the presence of these people, but I am grateful that the veil is so thin for her.
I was debating about getting wet and doing the ordinance myself, and I probably should have, but I was ok with presenting the names and recording. Kenny baptized Krystal for and in behalf of my mom. I don’t think anyone other than Larilyn knew it was my mom’s work that was being done.
Larilyn came over and decorated some of the house tonight for Christmas. She set up her nativity set in the living room and put garland on the banister of the stairs. We also got a table runner, although I forgot to get a square table cloth for the kitchen table. I guess I need to find a tree and get someone with a truck to bring it home for me this week. Where does one get a fresh cut tree in Murrieta?
I did another twelve hours in the temple today. That makes 24 for this week which is definitely more than I have ever done before. I think it’s double my previous high. It was really tempting at 3:30 this morning to sleep in and go down with the Dowden’s. I totally had it rationalized, yet in the end I realized that was two more people that I could serve today and that I had already made the commitment to be there all day Friday.
Things went pretty well and I almost went in for veil worker training, but decided to hit another session instead. I was supposed to be meeting the Dowden’s in the session, although they were too late for the 10 o’clock session. I should have done the training so I could be more ready to go for Tuesday.
Baptisms went well this afternoon. We had enough brothers to do everything we needed and we got through all of the names we had prepared for Sister Mattson. it really felt good. All I did was record confirmations the entire time, but it was sure nice to see the work being done.
We went to Claim Jumper after the temple and got the usual, almost. Sister Dowden and Mandi made me get the calzone the normal way. I ended up having to run to make it to this meeting Krystal had set up tonight with a company she is working with now to try and make some money. I’ll have to do some looking in the morning to see if it is worth pursuing.
We had a great institute lesson tonight, as we always do. We talked about the red heifer in Numbers 19 for the most part. I really liked how we compared ourselves to the Jews and exploring how much we really are Jews with just a bit more truth and authority.
I had this massive headache this afternoon at the office and had to just come home and take a nap. I was going to go shopping with the girls tonight, but by the time I got to the point where I felt like I could go out again there wasn’t enough time to make it worthwhile. And, I’m not sure that I was ready for all that energy with my head still hurting. I’m sure it has had something to do with my weird sleep schedule this week and I think I’ve been getting a cold or fighting one off. Continue reading →
Today was good. It was quite different from the normal Sunday. In fact, I never made it to the Dowden’s! I had no meetings before church which was good because I enjoyed sleeping in and then spent time getting ready for teacher development tonight and making signup sheets for break the fast. Church went well, but our numbers seemed low. We had good lessons throughout the block, then had Frank’s baptism which was great. Shortly after that it was time for dinner and our class at the Rodriguez home. I was thinking about ditching out on branch prayer – I had told myself I was going to come home and do something productive like write to Tara – but Larilyn wanted to follow me to Sister Baca’s. Being that I knew I should be at branch prayer and that she wanted someone to follow, I decided to go. It was good, I’m glad I went.
I think our class went well tonight. We really just had an ongoing discussion regarding teaching and fortunately I didn’t have to talk much at all. I was happy with the outcome, but I was a bit disappointed in the lack of attendance. The problem is that the teachers who really need to be there are the ones that don’t come. We’ll have to find another way to reach out to them. Any ideas on how we could improve or how we could get more to attend? We’re already including dinner and while I know Sunday is a busy day, almost every other day of the week has something on it already so I doubt it is any better. I guess I’ll just have to extend more personal invitations to everyone next time around.
I’m interested to see what this week will bring. I have a feeling that things are going to get kind of crazy, but I guess only time will tell.
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