Sunday, May 19, 2013
I Hope They Call Me on a Mission!
The Hidden Lake Ward just sent off 2 missionaries this spring and we will be sending off 5 more this summer!! The missionary spirit came alive in our ward several months ago when Bishop Fox was inspired to have each new missionary read their official mission call over the pulpit during Sacrament Meeting. As we listen to each one read their call, we, as a ward family feel like family.
So what do families do? They help send these kids off on their missions! We had our very first Missionary Shower for Nick Polson (called to serve in the Brazil, Teresina Mission and reports to the Brazil Missionary Training Center in June) last Saturday. It was FANTASTIC! Dean Wendel and Meghan Goodfellow are two of the coolest party planners I know. Everyone came with gifts purchased from a "registry" created by the missionary mom and Dean, who was the registry coordinator. Anyone who bought a gift would check in with her and she'd cross items off the list. PERFECT!
What to give these young men that would be a good enough gift? I can't just buy each one a pair of socks...hmmm...
LET'S WRITE EACH ONE AN ARRANGEMENT OF THEIR FAVORITE HYMN/PRIMARY SONG!
And then perform it for the special musical number on their "Farewell" Sunday...you know, cause we don't have farewells anymore.
So I quickly went about asking each one for a list of their top 3 favorite songs. Cause you know, I didn't think of this ingenious idea until a couple weeks ago. Here's what we've got:
Nick Polson: "Nearer, My God, to Thee"
Nate Duren: "Called to Serve", or "We Are All Enlisted", or "The Spirit of God"
Josh Stiborek: "We'll Bring the World His Truth" or "Holding Hands Around the World"
Zach Blackwell: TBD...he can't decide
Nathan VanKatwyk: "Joseph Smith's First Prayer"
I've finished Nick's and Nate's because they both leave in June, so we're practicing already. Seriously...I finished both just this past week. There was a lot of chocolate involved.
This week, I plan to start Josh's arrangement. I've been in contact with the great Janice Kapp Perry, asking her about a "secret" 4th verse I've heard about for "We'll Bring the World His Truth". Turns out there IS one, and she was more than willing to share it with me.
Come back in another day or two for "Nearer, My God, to Thee". This will be a vocal duet, sung by Nick's Father Kris, and his sister, Caitlyn, both of whom sing like angels. Piano and violin accompaniment.
Nate's will also be posted in the next couple days. It will be a medley of "Called to Serve/We Are All Enlisted" for YM/YW/SR Primary combined choir with the COOLEST descant at the end you've EVER heard! Debbie Fox (of the "Power to Choose" fame) wrote this descant, cause she's the descant queen.
I'm super excited about these arrangements...and even MORE excited about the missionary spirit that is spreading like wildfire in our ward! Just not the President Monson kind of wildfire, ok?
Posted by The Giuliacci Family at 10:28 PM