Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

This morning we were off to the Santo Domingo Temple by 7:30. We needed to be there early so we could pull and sort all of the Temple clothes for the missionaries that will be attending the Temple this morning with President Almonte. We pull all of their clothes in advance because the clothing counter in the temple is always understaffed. It is particularly difficult for them when 18 missionaries all walk up to the clothing counter at the same time for everything they need. It is especially difficult if the session begins in just a few minutes.

After Hna. Johnson and I finished preparing all of the clothing we left the Temple to discover the whole Los Alcarrizos Zone waiting outside. We got to talk to Elder Mark Phillips who is serving in Pedro Brand. He said they didn’t know they were going to the Temple until they got the phone call from the AP’s at 6:30. He said that he was very excited to get to come to the Temple again. He hasn’t been to the Temple in almost a year. Since he’s been way out in the “South” for the past 10 months he hasn’t gotten to attend the Temple since he left the CCM.

Hna. Johnson pointed out that Pres. Almonte sometimes makes snap decisions that require us to really hustle and get things prepared. This Temple trip by the Los Alcarrizos Zone reminded her of the parable of the 10 virgins. We, like the Elders in the Los Alcarrizos Zone, had no advanced notice of the Temple trip. If Hna. Johnson didn’t have all of the Temple clothing slips ready and the Elders hadn’t had their Temple recommends current, etc. there might have been some disappointed missionaries. Eeveryone was prepared and even though it was on short notice, all of the missionaries had a wonderful endowment session with Pres. & Hna. Almonte.

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