Monday, June 14, 2004


What a long, long day! Today was the dedication of our New York Manhattan temple of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Trav and I sang in the eight-member cornerstone dedicatory choir, and were then able to place some mortar around the cornerstone. Kind of like cutting a wedding cake. :) We met at the temple at 8AM for that, which began at 9AM. Kit wasn't able to attend, even though he turns eight in two days...grrrr.... We found out (too late) that he could have attended the cornerstone dedication.

Than I sang in the fourth and final dedicatory session. I stood directly behind Elder Hales, with President Hinckley on my immediate left. President Hinckley frequently turned to listed to me, which was a bit of an intimidating thrill.

After our final piece when I was the only one to sing the high Bb, Elder Hales shook his head quickly and exclaimed under his breath, "WOW!" I had just sung that note bascially right into his ear. :-O Afterwards, he sought me out, shook my hand warmly and with vigor and exclaimed, "Thank you for singing!!" It was a pretty neat experience.

I was especially glad that Trav and I were able to share the day together. We really missed Kit - and I thought about him all through both of the sessions.,15503,3881-1-19301,00.html

It is such a blessing to have a temple in our city. In our midst. RIGHT HERE! Who would've thought? I remember when I heard the news, I felt as if it were being built just for me. :) I felt a sense of safety and assurance, especially as the announcement of its construction came less than a year after 9/11. I know that this city will be blessed to have a temple here, and that His work will go forward. Peace will enter the hearts of more men in this city, and the temple will be a place of refuse and solace for her saints.

There is still so much more that I want to write - and not all of it flowery and happy about life and God. But today, that's how I feel and I know that I must write it down. I do have a testimony, however small it may be at some times. Small, but concentrated. Its kernel cannot diminish. The core is ever present and for that I am truly grateful. I am really trying to distinguish my emotions from the Spirit, and sometimes it can really be a challenge.

I shall try to write more on this during the coming week. SO MUCH is going on! Kit has half a day of school tomorrow, so he'll most likely stay home. Tuesday is his birthday and I will take some cupcakes up to his class at school. I'll also try and arrange for a fun game or two during class. I love that boy more than anything! I can't believe my baby is going to be eight!!

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