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[Comments] (4) This is My Sacred Duty: This morning I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Draper Temple Open House. I was an usher near the baptistry which involved gesturing towards the stairs and really a lot of smiling and eye contact. It was actually kind of non-temple-y in a lot of ways. Because I was in the basement near the engineer's office and the laundry, I saw men carrying tool belts and cardboard boxes and sneaking into emergency exits and boiler rooms. Also, there were children, and people on cell phones and radios, and people dressed in casual clothing. One of the weirdest things was that no one was wearing white. I noticed it as soon as I walked in. I expected to see a lot of nice ladies dressed in white to tell me where to go. But that was my job as an usher (in church clothes), so no one was there to do it until I got there.

I was standing next to a painting of the Savior with Mary and Martha, and one of the sun setting in Jerusalem, both of which were very beautiful and inspiring to ponder while I waited in between groups. I enjoyed being able to serve and share my testimony (with a smile and hand gesture). As soon as I got home, I marched over to our neighbors and invited them to take the tour.

I'm looking forward to going on the tour with John and Maggie in a couple weeks. I may take Maggie during the day sometime. I think she might enjoy seeing the temple. Also, the cookies are good.


Comments:

Posted by Kristen at Sat Feb 07 2009 10:34

Wow, too weird, that is exactly the job I had while I volunteered at the Houston temple open house. I am anxious to see the temple, how nice to have one VERY close to you.

Posted by John at Sun Feb 08 2009 08:46

Except that this temple is a small "appointment" temple. Grr. That's what we had in Newport Beach. Every time I make an appointment, I think the forces of the world combine to make it impossible to attend. I do much better on a Friday night deciding spur of the moment to wake up at 6 am Saturday and run to the temple. Less time for interferences. I think I'll probably peruse Jordan River more still.

Posted by Kristen at Tue Feb 10 2009 06:19

Ours is appt only too, and to make matters worse it is only open a few days a week and for only specific hours so I end up calling when it is open. It is such a hassle, and I am with you...I like spur of the moment decisions too.

Posted by Kristen at Tue Feb 10 2009 06:19

*not open


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