We had an unusual experience Friday night. A family was being sealed following the endowments of the parents. The children were ages 5, 3, and 1 and were staying in the Ancillary Building (where there is a play area) with someone from their group watching over them. A temple worker called over and asked that they be brought to the temple to be dressed in white so they could go to the sealing room at the appropriate time. A man brought four children to the temple and dropped them in the waiting room. One, a small boy, was really wailing. Eventually the five year old sister confirmed that he was not part of the family and he was retrieved. The calm of the temple was restored. We joked that he was screaming because he had been kidnapped!
Sue was dressing a one year old for a family sealing while his two older sisters were dressing themselves. He gave her a big smile and started to babble, telling her a story and actually giggling. He is the first child who has come to the temple who was not afraid of her white skin. She almost always has a Ghanaian temple worker with her who is the “correct” color and speaks a tribal language.
This morning we met with the Christiansborg Ward at their building, because another stake was using our building for their conference. The church is growing so fast here that every stake does not have their own building. Sue was planning on having a holiday from teaching her single adult class. She had looked at the topic (Sabbath Day) and remembered the conference talk from Elder Nelson in 2015 (The Sabbath:A Delight). It was a talk that had made a difference to her perspective on honoring the Sabbath. During the week she listened to it. Then she remembered that she would not be teaching this week. Today during the Sacrament she had the impression that she would be teaching today and accessed the talk on the iPad. She wrote down the 3 scriptures used (D&C 59:9, Ezekiel 20:12, and Isaiah 58:13-14). When the last speaker concluded, the representative of the YSA leaned over and asked if she could teach today. She responded that she would be happy to, and had over 40 in her class. She was grateful for the Lord’s tender mercies this week.
Thanks to the temple department, this week we received the keys to a new Honda Civic which will be shared between the Piersons and ourselves. This will really help to do the shopping and for other short excursions. Mentally it is a big change: feeling less confined to the compound.