Sunday, September 22, 2013

Temple re-opens after the semi-annual two-week maintenance closure...

"It's good to be back in the temple," Walt said during our shift that Tuesday morning of September 17, 2013.
     The temple was closed September 2-16 for deep cleaning, painting, refurbishing, and any maintenance needed.
This shows one of the scaffolds used for cleaning the outside of the temple.
They do keep the House of the Lord in tip-top shape.  Before the end of each shift, the workers do quick clean. Also, each day three specific cleaning people do 8 hours keeping everything clean. And then these semi-annual projects. to be continued.  They air-condition the temple and our apartments to the point that I'm usually cold. Going to get a sweater.    ...back soon, I hope.
Yesterday we had many receive their endowment, and had many couples and families sealed for time and eternity--the crowning ordinance in the temple.
What a blessing temple work is!

We got to go to our ward for a change.  Seems we've had one stake conference after another to speak at most every Sunday.
We had a very touching Sunday School lesson in English combining last week's and today's lessons of "Faith in Every Footstep," and "A Mission of Saving."  I never remember that 70,000 pioneers came across the trails to Salt Lake Valley from 1847 to 1869.  In 1869 the railroad tracks replaced the "trail." 

Bro. Wegkamp, our teacher, asked: "Why are the Prophets focusing on what the pioneers went through in their trials?
    My response was that perhaps they know something we don't know and are getting us prepared to live like they did.
   He quoted Pres. Hinckley as saying: "We should never get over being thankful for them [the pioneers].

    He closed with the hardships that the Willie and Martin Handcart companies went through.  

He said he's driven through Wyoming in snow storms and can't imagine doing it on foot, without sufficient clothing and food.

     ........he ended with the rescue of these handcart pioneers, expanding into "missions are for rescuing,"
 This Church is a Church of rescue, focusing on The Savior's Atonement is the greatest rescue of all!

    We were all in tears by the end of this special lesson.

We had Sunday dinner out on the commons room terrace patio.  That's what we did every Sunday the whole first year here until the sub-division development next to the temple grounds started running their heavy earth-moving equipment (caterpillars,etc) on Sundays and the noise plus the thick dust they created caused us to move into the host/hostess apartment.

There was a light rain to start with but it didn't blow into the patio.  The Caballeros--the newest Sr. Couple temple missionaries--native Salvadorians but who have lived in Canada 30 years, were the host couple today.  

They bar-b-qued lomito (a thin beef steak) and chorizos (big link sausages).  They also cooked rice, tortillas, a veggie plate, and homemade tomato salsa.
We hope you have had a restful and peaceful Sabbath Day.
We testify that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and that Thomas S. Monson is His prophet for the whole world today.
Joseph Smith is the Prophet of the Restoration of the true Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He saw what he said he saw...
Read the Book of will change your life.
Of these truths we testify on this first day of Fall 2013...
Con amor, Walt and Eileen Petersen - 
San Salvador, El Salvador

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