Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January 7, 2015

Well, things have started to slow down considerably since the fun and fury of Christmas celebrations and visitors have drawn to a close. But we still had one more celebration in us--the coming of the New Year, which turned out to be one of the funnest celebrations ever. Our mission president allowed us to come casual, so we called it our "Beans 'n' Jeans" or "Sweets 'n' Sweats" party. And we even finished up at the reasonable hour of 10:00 p.m. so that we could get our old bones in bed at a decent hour!

One our missionaries, Elder Broadhead (our Teamster Site Leader), is a long-time, natural entertainer, and he put together a great variety show, featuring just us missionaries--believe it or not--plus, we had a few dances interspersed among the talent numbers.

The opening number was a song by the teamsters to the tune of Waylon Jenning's song "Wrong" ( Elder Broadhead had written lyrics for us to sing that highlighted our actual and "hope-for" responsibilities as teamsters. I must admit, it brought the house down! And if you want to "enjoy" the actual event on YouTube, go to

We also had activities to get everyone up and dancin'--including the single Sisters.

Another hit was the hula dance contest. Some of these elders can really move those hips!

The program included a number from days gone by called "I'm Going to Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," which, I suppose, you youngins won't remember.

And certainly the highlight of the evening was my presentation of little "Ticky Tooky Timbu . . . ," one of Mom's favorite readings from my younger days. (Boy, would Mom bust her buttons watching me doing that one!)

We're now back to hosting the sites and giving tours, when someone braves the weather to come and visit. This is the slowest time of the year, so we spend a lot of our time doing humanitarian projects, indexing, following up with visitors who came earlier, and other worthwhile missionary activities. The weather today was about 25 degrees below zero--with windchill--so there aren't many who venture out. But those who do come at this time of year are pretty much treated to private tours and as much time as they like at whichever site they wish to see. 

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