I woke up at 5:30 today after spending 30 minutes listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in bed. After my shower and before I left for church, I also listen to more music from the Choir.

I left for church at 6:45 and arrived about 20 minutes later. Yes, I realize that I have a lead foot. I practiced the organ for a solid 2 hours. I have narrowed down my list of hymns for next week’s musical number to 3 that I know I can play well.

1. Come, Thou Fount, of Every Blessing (arr. John Longhurst)
2. Jehovah, Lord of Heaven and Earth (arr. John Longhurst)
3. O God Our Help in Ages Past (arr. Fred Swann)

I also selected hymns for sacrament meeting during this 2 hour long rehearsal.

For the next hour or so, I walked laps around the church as I listened to more of the Choir and Music and the Spoken Word, a rarity for me. I think I put in 15 laps, a decent 3 miles.

During priesthood, our lesson was taught by Patrick Carroll. He used Chapter 11 from The Joseph Fielding Smith book as basis for is lesson. We discussed the difference between priesthood offices and keys, the importance of honoring priesthood keys, and who holds they keys.

Sunday School today was out of 1 Samuel 8-17. I loved seeing the differences between King Saul and King David, a reassurance that perhaps one day our government will be led by righteous people. I loved the quote that our teacher, Jeremiah James, shared from the late President Gordon B. Hinckley,

You do not need to fear the temptations of the Earth if you have the slingshot of truth.

Our sacrament meeting topic celebrated righteous Fathers and how our spiritual forefathers were influential in family history work. Our hymns today focused on Fathers and our Heavenly Father.

Opening 78 God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand
Sacrament 170 God, Our Father, Hear Us Pray
Intermediate 304 Teach Me to Walk in the Light
Closing 84 Faith of Our Fathers

The first speaker was Sister Peel, one of the full-time missionaries serving in the branch. She spoke about the importance of families as outlined through the Proclamation to the World: To Families. One quote really hit me hard that Sister Peel shared.

We leave our families for 2 short years so that we can help other families be together forever.

Our next speaker was Morgan Johnston, who is leaving very soon on her mission to San Diego. She spoke on how she came to the decision to serve, how through prayer her family came to support her, and how appreciative she is of her Father and Brother to give her a blessing without being asked.

Kaylynn Sage, a member of the branch who is about to move was invited to share her testimony and was grateful for the love that the branch has for her and every member in it. The Branch President also spoke about how on the day of the Passover in 1936, the prophet Elijah came and restored the keys of sealing for this dispensation which is when family history work began.

After church, I spent time talking with my Mother. My father was sleeping when I got home.