Eclipse Madness

I don’t have much of a neat story to share. (But I’ll share anyway.) I stayed up way too late last night watching the “pre-game show” on The Weather Channel. I went to bed briefly (3 hours), setting my alarm for a half hour before things were supposed to happen in my pocket of the world.

When I got up, the sun shone brightly in a cloudless sky. After a while, the light dimmed a bit and the temperature dipped two degrees. I found coverage on TV of Arizona doings a bit late, but with some channel hopping, got to tune in on this week’s big event.

Elsewhere, several groups of my extended family gathered in Idaho, where they enjoyed the spectacularness of the Great American Solar Eclipse.

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I’m more than a writer…

Every Sunday I attend three hours of church services. Uh, yeah. Three hours. I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I’m a Mormon, and being observant makes me happy.

The first hour is our worship service, called “Sacrament meeting.” I always have a seat. In fact, it’s kinda reserved for me, as it’s the organ bench and I’m the organist. Music has always played a big role on my life and I enjoy sharing what I love with our congregation and visitors.

Kawai keyboard

During the next two hours, gospel instruction is the order of the hour, with first, Sunday School, and the last hour, men’s and women’s classes, called “Priesthood meeting” and “Relief Society,” respectively. The youth have their own Sunday School class, then go to their Aaronic Priesthood and Young Women classes for third hour.

But what of the children?

Our children, ages 3-11 attend “Primary” the last two hours. Also under the auspices of the Primary is the Nursery class for youngsters from 18 months through 3 years. Classes change each January, so nursery attendees who turned three during the past year graduate to the Sunbeam class. The other age-grouped classes are the CTRs (choose the right) and the Valiant class.

For the past three or four years, I’ve been the pianist for Primary.

A couple of years ago, I also took on the role of secretary. Oh, I’m also the assistant choir director.

As you probably have guessed, our congregation is quite small (and musicians are in short supply). However, it gives me great joy to serve others. By doing the things I have been “called” to do, I am following the example of my Savior, Jesus Christ, in serving others.

And now, go forth and have an excellent day!

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