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Great Day at the Temple

I really need to get to sleep… I’m looking at less than five hours before I need to get up, but that’s about double what I got last night!

Things I’ve learned recently:

1. You can’t just go to Disneyland and ride one ride. We left an hour after closing (11) last night, so I didn’t get home till 1 this morning and was up at 4 for the temple!

2. Apparently Cynthia and I look like we’re married. It happened again today. I think I counted three separate times I was questioned in some way. Once by an officiator who when he asked if we were married and we told him no, he then asked if we had a date set yet! Then there were two if not three members of the stake that asked me about her. No wonder no one dates anyone! It’s not the “kids” that are thinking about marriage, it’s everyone else!

3. Five sessions is a lot to go through in one day with less than three hours of sleep.

4. I love turning my phone off and spending an entire day without a cell phone strapped to my side.

5. Sleep is good. I’m going there now!

Turning into a Pumpkin

I have so much to write about, but I have been so busy I haven’t had the time. I really don’t have the time tonight, but I feel that I need to touch on a few things or just outline them so that I can write about them later.

I went to Rascal Flatts last weekend. It ended up being more of a last minute thing where I just bought a bunch of tickets and hoped for the best. We had a good time – and it took some coaxing, but I got Sibonet to come. I think she had a blast. Everyone else had a good time as well. There was a total of 14 of us, so I hope they all did, but I wasn’t with them most of the time. I got seats for Sibonet and I a bit closer to the front than the lawn seats I bought for everyone else.

The LA Temple was wonderful. I loved doing an endowment there and hope we can go back more frequently. I couldn’t get over how big the ordinance rooms where. I think we figured they could seat about 450. How great would it be to see them all filled someday! I think I need to take that goal to President Smith and see what he could do with that.

We’ve been pushing hard for attendance at the offering in righteousness this week. It sounds like we’re going to have a great turnout. We have just over 80% now for the first time of endowed members with current temple recommends in the stake. Only about 50% of the current recommend holders in the branch are attending, but most other wards at running above 80% committed.

I’ve been out and staying up way too late the last week especially. With either people here or trips to the temple or Disneyland, it’s just been crazy. I had Megan and Ashley over last Monday and we were up way too late playing and talking. It was about 11:30 when i got to sleep I think and then I was up at 3:45 for the temple the next morning. Josh and I went down and did our thing and then came back up with the intent of accomplishing things and getting in a nap. Well, I accomplished a few things, but definitely not the nap. We went back down for baptisms and had a great time. There were a lot of people that showed up to join us for our session which worked out well as we only had about 14 people, but they made it get to the 24 we were supposed to have!

I officially met this sister that i’ve seen in the temple many times before. I couldn’t figure out if I knew her from somewhere before or if she was just so familiar to me from there. She said she comes often so that’s probably why I recognized her. Her name is Wendy and she’s from Carlsbad. It actually seems like I’ve been meeting a few new people lately. Through the various trips and activities I’ve been introduced to some other new people. Megan J is a friend of the Prosser’s they’ve been bringing for a few weeks, but we never really got to talking until she came over last night with Kenny to watch Twilight. She seems like a great girl and I regret not getting to know her earlier – as I’m sure I do with most people.

Batch and I had decided to go to Disneyland on Thursday night since it was his only night off. We got Kenny and Ashley to go with us and we had a blast. As we were getting out of the car Batch told me that it wasn’t going to get cold enough to need a sweatshirt so i left mine in the car. Well as we were walking around California Adventure I started to get a bit cold. While we were eating dinner I decided I was freezing, so I had to go get a sweatshirt. i figured I’d buy a new one instead of going back to the car – you can never have enough sweatshirts. Well, i found this one that I kind of liked, but then I realized that it was a bit girly. I kept looking at other ones, but didn’t find any that really jumped out to me. There was one other one that I showed to the group, but Ashley pointed out it looked a lot like one I already had. They said the other one was way too girly for me and that I shouldn’t get it. Well, at that point, I decided I was going for it and went and tried it on. Apparently the sizes are a bit different for the girls than they are for the guys as the XXL is a little tight on me. Getting it off is a bit interesting. Well, as I was checking out I guess Kenny got a little crazy. As I finished checkout out, he was standing there with a sweatshirt and said something to the effect of “oh no, you’re not going to one up me.” He proceeded to buy one with tinkerbell on it that is clearly a girls sweatshirt with a low cut V in the front and Disneyland on the rear! We had a blast walking around and Ashley was just cracking up!

We went back the next night as Jordyn wanted to go, but couldn’t go Thursday. She went to use up the second day of Maegan’s pass that she wasn’t going to be able to use. Jordyn took the opportunity to upgrade it to a season pass, so we’ll be going back more often. Well, Kenny and I brought the sweatshirts again and had a blast. Jordyn brought a pink backpack so of course Kenny had to put that on along with her glasses. We got some great pictures. Jordyn was also able to talk Sibonet into coming which was great! I’m so glad she was able to come. My feet were so tired after the first night that the second night was a bit rough and we gave up about 11:30.

Tonight I was up late talking online. It seems like there is always some reason that I can’t get to bed on-time, not that I wouldn’t do it again. It’s all been great fun!

I know I’m missing lots of things that I should be writing about, but I really need to get to sleep before I turn into a pumpkin in a few minutes here.

Thankfully Busy

Things have been so busy lately; it has really been a beautiful thing. I’ve been busy at work, at church and in other personal aspects of life it seems. I have been thankful to have enjoyed quiet evenings this week which have helped me try and adjust to this new timing with daylight savings. I’ve been going to bed early, but I haven’t been able to get up other than Tuesday morning. Actually, Monday night I kept waking up thinking it was time to go and that I was going to be late. The first time I woke up it had just turned 11! I believe there was a second time and the third time was at 3. I actually thought about getting up and getting ready, but I was worried about what the extra hour would leave me with and that I might like decide to take a nap or something.

I had an interesting time coordinating the veil again this week. They kept stealing my workers for other tasks, we were short a coordinator and my other two coordinators (who normally are my prime veil workers) were MIA on and off throughout the morning. We managed to pull it off like we always do though and it was great. I really am enjoying it and it is helping me be forced to be better at learning names and faces.

I’ve been busy at work trying to get the books in order for taxes. I think I finally got through the bulk of the stack on my desk today. I’m hoping tomorrow to get through the remaining loose items and start looking things over. Hopefully I can get the taxes going on Friday and finish them up on Saturday morning if necessary. That should leave me with an extra day, but I’m afraid that tomorrow I’m not going to accomplish much with leaving at noon, a breakfast function and another meeting or two planned in the brief time I’m there.

I can’t really think of what other exciting things have been going on so far this week. I couldn’t believe it today when I found “Here Comes Goodbye” on the iTunes store [Rascal Flatts - Here Comes Goodbye - Single - Here Comes Goodbye] after I had gone through all the work last Friday to get it myself. I should have known that they were going to get their act together and release it as a single, but oh well. At least it was a test of concept for pulling digital video & audio from the DVR if nothing else.

Well, I guess I’ll call it a night there and see if I can get some sleep tonight, and more importantly if I can actually get up tomorrow morning when I need to!

Sleep Deprived

Wow, I feel so sleep deprived I don’t know what to do other than sleep. Yesterday was an incredibly long day at the temple, but it was great nonetheless. After I worked my shift, I had lunch at Cheesecake Factory with Brother and Sister Kowallis. It was great to spend some time with them since they have been extracted from the branch! After lunch I stopped by a job site and then went back to the temple. The afternoon shift is so bored that the best thing they had for me to do was to go and do an endowment session, which I was A ok with. I barely got out of that one in time to be there for Frank & Sabrina’s endowment. That all went well, other than it was incredibly warm in the temple all day. It was a long day by the time I finally got back on the road northbound.

I stopped in Fallbrook to pick up my tow hitches that I never moved and forgot to get the last time I was there. I was able to find two of the three, but of course not the one that I was actually looking for and hoping to find. I ended up going and getting a ball to put in the blank hitch I had today which fortunately only cost me about $15. I kind of remember loaning a hitch out to someone, so now I guess I just have to figure out who in the world that might have been and why I loaned it to them!

Monday went pretty well. It was crazy in the office and I don’t remember accomplishing much of anything. I’m thinking I haven’t been at my desk since last Monday now, at least not there long enough to actually accomplish anything. The missionaries came over for dinner and Ashley and Lauren joined us. We had a good time and then Ashley stayed to help get everything cleaned up and we sat and talked past the point at which I should have been sleeping, but it was all good. Sometimes there are things better than sleeping.

I spent most of today in the shop prepping a show for tomorrow. It was quite an interesting experience. I came home to finally have a few minutes to sit at the computer to see how many emails I’ve collected as well as other things. There are quite a few that I still need to respond to. Now I’m going to get that much needed sleep!

Mom Baptized

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?

Protests at Oakland Temple

Protests at Oakland Temple

I just got this message on facebook. I have not confirmed any facts, but if it is true, I believe this is another sign of the persecution that will continue if prop 8 were to fail. We need to pass prop 8 to ensure religious freedoms and not open another can of worms.

I just received an email about protests outside the Oakland Temple that are interfering with and intimidating temple patrons. The local police are not responding well, so we need to appeal to a higher authority.

The protests are regarding California’s Proposition 8, which would define marriage as between one man and one woman.

Regardless of where you stand on the gay marriage issue, no one should be able to interfere with our temple privileges though disruption and intimidation. Please join us in praying for an end to the protests and the strengthening of the Church members in the Oakland Temple District.

Please spread the word by passing this on…

Returned from MN, Damaged Goods, Blockus

I’ve just been so exhausted lately I haven’t had a chance to write. Thursday went well with class and so forth. I tried the Twin Cities Grill Thursday night. It was really good and well worth the wait. I’ll definitely going back there. It wasn’t cheap, but it was good. I had a delicious steak for a little less than one would pay at Ruth’s Chris. I managed to miss the first few minutes of CSI back at the hotel and then kept getting interrupted during it. I also watched whatever weird show was on after CSI and then just about fell asleep on the couch.

Friday morning went well as we tried to wrap things up with the class. I passed the written exam and now just need to complete my project. I made it to my flight ontime and it was another full one. I was kind of hoping it would be oversold and they would be looking for people to bump, but of course it never happens when I could actually take a later flight. I sat next to a woman who was coming in on vacation for a week with her daughter and we talked for a while. I eventually decided to try and get some work done, but it was just too hard with the laptop. I then started watching Amazing Grace, but only got about 30 minutes into it before I was asked to cease and desist for landing.

LA Traffic actually wasn’t that bad coming back home as it only took me about two hours once I got to my car. It did take me an hour to get from the gate to my car which is a joke. Nonetheless, I’m sure in this case it was better to take the direct flight than having a layover somewhere else along the line.

It turned out that something was wrong with the recording of the Price is Right, so we didn’t get to see Krystal. One of her other friends apparently has it recorded and is going to transfer it to DVD for her though. I was really looking forward to getting home to see it, and was quite bummed that we couldn’t watch it.

I woke up super early Saturday morning and couldn’t sleep. After playing on the computer for an hour or so I decided to go back to sleep. When I got up the second time I enjoyed a bowl of Crispix and then watched a few things off the DVR before I got started with cleaning the house. I was thinking about going to the temple to makeup for Tuesday, but realized I just had too much to do. I did make it down for the baptisms though. We were way short on people, so I’m glad I went and am very thankful for the help we had from others last night as well.

After the temple, the group that wanted to come straight home decided they wanted to stop at In-N-Out to grab something quickly. I mentioned that if we were going to do that, we should go to Fuddruckers and I got everyone on board. That probably happened because when we got there two people ordered something other than a hamburger which they clearly couldn’t have gotten at In-N-Out! It was apparently homecoming for Mira Mesa or some other area schools and they thought we were there for Homecoming since we were somewhat dressed up. Brother Clark asked me if I was class of ’08 and I just laughed and said yep! I just want to know what the two of us guys were doing wit the three girls.

My counselors finally got called and set apart today. It will be huge having their help and I’m hoping we can figure out who our secretary is supposed to be and then we can really get this home teaching thing whipped into shape. It sounds like we aren’t going to be swapping the hours, so we will be stuck without the guys from mission prep. It sure would be nice to have them, but I guess we will just deal with another challenge.

President and Sister Clegg spoke today. Other than President going way over, it was good. He spoke about sexual morality, coming clean using the atonement and damaged goods. He relayed a story that hit me about a missionary who was planning on marrying his girlfriend after he returned. Shortly after he left she got into some trouble. After she left the other guy and went through the repentance process with her bishop she was pronounced clean again. This elder though didn’t see it so clearly. He had saved himself for her and he thought she was damaged goods. President Kimball (?) told him that he just didn’t get it. She has been made clean through the atonement, her sins have been forgiven. Yet, this elder struggled with that as I expect many do.

I went over to the Dowden’s tonight to post Mandi’s video of us trying to swallow cinnamon. Maegan also challenged me to a game of Blockus. I had never played before and didn’t do so well. I tried to get Cynthia to help me, but Maegan kept coming up with reasons she couldn’t. Eventually, Maegan gave up and everyone worked to finish off my pieces as best we could.

Stake Conference

I got started this morning getting new lappy (darkpeanut) setup for next week. I ended up going with Vista Ultimate as it seemed like the easiest path to take. I had to spend some time re-downloading and installing drivers, and I think I still need to fix some minor issues. I’m a bit worried that the DC-One software won’t work, so i don’t know if that means I have other problems or their software just isn’t happy. I was going to try and install XP on a partition, I just haven’t gotten around to it. I’ve heard mixed reports on if it will work or not.

I had to run by the church to turn in some home teaching things, then it was off to the bank to get things going for next week and home to keep working on lappy, get ready for the trip and stake conference this evening.

We had a discussion for most of priesthood which I always like better than the lecture format. Four wards ended up with 100% home teaching which I thought was pretty impressive and all wards improved. We were at 63% which isn’t great, but I think is an improvement from normal. A method of checking on the districts week by week was suggested. At weekly PEC meetings, one should be getting (or giving) a report on about 1/4 of the membership based on their perfect home teaching district. So week 1 would be districts/groups 1 & 3. Week 2 would be 2 & 5, then 4 & 7 followed by 6 & 8. This doesn’t mean members wouldn’t be taught until those weeks, but it would be expected that it would be done by then.

I had been thinking about a similar plan and am ready to get something like that implemented. The problem I see is letting people know what district those people they home teach are in. I don’t think most members know about the ranking system and it may take work to educate them in something they don’t really need to worry about. I’m thinking maybe we could just reach out and ask each home teaching companionship to make sure certain people are reached by each week. I think there are still some more changes we need to make to the perfect districts and also to our districts in EQ. I want to get more of a hierarchy going so each supervisor is only responsible for 4 companionships or so and we have more of a tree than we have now. I’ll probably have some time to work on that next week while I’m traveling and I think I will be able to make some calls to checkup on how things are going this month. I certainly don’t want to let things falter with the few off weeks we’ve had to start off this month.

We also learned that the percentage of endowed members in the stake has gone up to I think it was 80% from 60-something 6 or 12 months ago. The focus now is to get members going to our assigned week in the temple (which of course this month is the week that I will be out of town). I think they are going to change the focus during the offering in righteousness from as many sessions as possible to as many members as possible serving at least once during the week in the temple. I think both are good.

All I remember from the adult session tonight was President Smith talking about his future son-in-law calling him on the phone to ask for his daughters hand in marriage. I thought that was funny. He said that he then flew up to BYUI and the guy asked if they could go to the temple. I guess this one President Smith’s favor and he suggested always interviewing future in-laws in the celestial room.

I was thinking about trying to watch Made of Honor tonight, but I forgot about the tradition of going to Claim Jumper. Krystal came over briefly and I showed her the setup so she could come watch The Price is Right on Thursday. I’m so bummed that I am going to miss it. I hope I’ll get to watch it when I get back next weekend. We then went to join the group at Claim Jumper, but they made us sit at our own table. It actually worked out for the best probably as we got our dessert first and were able to checkout before everyone else and get home at a reasonable time. Oh wait, it’s still going to be 1 in the morning before I get to sleep. Bad plan.

24 Hours in the Temple

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.