Saturday, September 20, 2008

Another Fulfilling Saturday


The first of today's experiences was something I have been looking forward to for several weeks. I have the opportunity of singing in the women's choir that will perform at the General Relief Society Meeting on September 27th. We (all 364 of us!) have been rehearsing at a local church building every Sunday for the last several weeks but today was the dress rehearsal and we were able to be in the 20,000 seat conference center. It was such an amazing and spiritual experience to sing with this beautiful choir in this glorious building. We were all asked to wear white shirts and black skirts. Julie Beck, the General Relief Society President visited one of our rehearsals a few weeks back and explained to us why we were asked to wear this particular uniform. She explained that as she and her counselors travel to different parts of the world visiting and teaching the sisters in our church, they frequently were honored by the music of choirs. And no matter where they went in the world, no matter the socio-economic status or the living conditions - somehow the choirs were able to wear white shirts (even if sometimes it was just a white t-shirt turned inside out). So as the Relief Society presidency was discussing the uniform of the choir for the upcoming conference - they felt like white shirts and black skirts would be something that all the women members of our church could identify with.


Singing in this choir has been an opportunity for learning and growth not only musically, but spiritually as well. I had no idea it would have such an impact on my life. We have had the opportunity to be directed by Merrilee Webb - an absolutely incredible woman who creates such a spirit of joy and love that when I come home from rehearsal - I feel uplifted and rejuvenated. Please if you ever have an opportunity to participate in this choir - do not pass it up!!!


Another special part of today's rehearsal was having my family there for part of the time. And after they were able to take some pictures - none of which turned out very well. But no worries - just watch the broadcast next Saturday evening and who knows, you just might catch a glimpse of little old me!


Second row - on the right end


After the rehearsal we treated ourselves to a lovely lunch at The Garden restaurant at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. I don't know what I enjoyed more - the food - or the views!




My mom happened to bring a book of poetry that I loved as a child but had forgotten about. Here is Addie reading Hailstones and Halibut Bones to Grandma. Now I need to get my hands on a copy!

The Grandparents were nice enough to take the little ones to a babysitter while we took the older two to see this...



They loved it!

10 comments:

Julie said...

I remember that book! Darling photos, and what a weekend for your family. Fun, inspirational, cultural, spiritual....and so much more. SJ's shirt is so cute. I hope we get to see you singing live at the broadcast. I will stand up and loudly proclaim, "That is my cousin! The one in the white shirt."

Jen said...

That is so neat! I will be watching for you.

Anna said...

I like hearing about the black skirts/white shirts. I will watch for you next Saturday.

CB and Jenn Allen said...

I'll be looking for you!!! HOW EXCITING!!!

I visited the conference center last year. It was soooo cool! What an awesome, spiritual place to be.

I am so very excited for you, Em!

I love the pictures of the kiddos. SJ is magazine cute!

Jennette said...

That's so great! I will be watching for you. And I just love how you guys are always out there doing things! YOu inspire me.

Nellie said...

You guys never cease to amaze! I can't wait to see you at the broadcast . . . I have always wanted to sing in a choir there, but since we don't seem to feel like it is our time to move to UT, I will live vicariously through you! XOXO

MollyE said...

Wow, I hope I can catch a glimpse of you this weekend! That is so neat. You have been doing such fun things with your family.

Rachel said...

You guys party! And you're spiritual. Love it. I'll watch for you this weekend. Side note: our last pediatrician was in the MTChoir. We always watched for him to no avail! Bummer.

Darren and Chrissy said...

I miss Utah! I will watch for you on Saturday. I was listening to "Women at the Well" on Sunday while I did dishes, and I got all teary eyed! I will always think of you when I hear "Close enough to Touch" and all of our other sweet friends from PA. Your kids look great. Brad and Syd involuntarily started piano lessons this month. :)

Nikki said...

Your pictures are awesome! You'll have to send me some of the ones from way back where you can see the whole choir. So excited for tomorrow! and I need something to be excited about! :)