Thursday, December 31, 2015

Savior of the World

How lucky, blessed, and priviledged we were this year to be a part of the Savior of the World cast at the Conference Center!!! I am not an actor but doing things like these strenghens my testimony so much that it makes me want to do it more! It wasn't easy cause from about mid October to beginning of January we were commited to 3 performances/practices per week. But it was so worth it! I know my Savior better because of this experience! We met so many amazing people! Even Gracie made friends and still remembers all of the songs and the New Testament has come to life for her!

So we got to do it becaue Kailee wanted to try out and asked Casey if he wanted to but then I thought that it might be fun to do it also with Gracie. Cee Ryle coudn't do it because he had performances and practices for Les Miserables. They told us there are so many people that audition but they pray over who should be in the cast and that's how they pick you. They consider this missionary work because we are sharing our testimonies with the audience. We also have opportunities to go out to the audience and greet them and talk to them about the show.

We loved it when we knew people in the audience!!!

These are the tinies! There were about 7 little girls in the cast. They soon became friends and called themselves the tinies.

Mary. So beautiful kind. She portrayed her part perfectly.

The Nativity Scene

Joseph and Mary. A very touching scene.

Getting our hair done.

Denise aka Elizabeth. She was our district leader. A most kind, loving, talented friend.

Kailee as Mary's cousin.


The 12 apostles

The finale

The Sowby family. another wonderful example of a great family in the cast.

Awesome picture of us as angels

Mary Magdalene

The colonade. Waiting for the second act to begin.

David and Nancy

Our district family. Will, Casey, Lisette, Nancy, David, Gracie, Denise, Melissa, Kailee

I'm including some of my favorite lines from the script:

ELISABETH: I’ll give God forever to make me what I am. Give my plans and give my dreams, give up all my fretful schemes. I’ll give God this moment to fill my soul with cheer. I’ll give him forever more, and that will keep him near.

ZACHARIAS: Yes, we must leave it in the hands of the Lord and not worry about it. 

MOTHER of MARY: I think it’s good to wonder a little about yourself, if you will be true to the covenants you’re going to make. But we need never wonder about the Lord.
Ask God all your questions, Tell Him all your fears, Thank Him for His mercy, And wait with open ears. Listen as He answers, Hear the voice so still, Let the Spirit’s whisper Teach how to do His will. Then go and do His will.

JOSEPH: If I follow all the rules.

GABRIEL: For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Who am I, that this day
He should come to me?
Dressed in white, filled with light,
What wonder did I see!
And he spoke words divine,
Words I cannot say.
So I’ll praise His name, I will praise His name,
I will praise His holy name,
Praise His name from day to day.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil:
For thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil;
My cup runneth over.

JESHUA: All things testify of him.

NATHAN: We’re just shepherds.

ELI: Yes, Nathan, just shepherds. But tonight we are servants, servants of a King.

Alleluia! Alleluia!
Rise, O Light of Bethlehem.
Calvary’s dark night is over,
Christ the Lord is come again.

DISCIPLE: Yes! And we walked along telling Him everything that had happened to Him! Why did He come to us?

CLEOPAS: Because He wanted to teach us, to remind us of all that the prophets have spoken.

MARY MAGDALENE: It’s true, what He said, isn’t it—that this experience would be like childbirth?

MARY: Yes, “A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, . . . but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish.”

MARY MAGDALENE: We’ve been grieving for three days, and suddenly the grief is forgotten!

MARY MOJ: Oh. Not forgotten—changed. Our sorrow became our joy.

MARY: Oh, Joshua—it’s good to wonder a little about ourselves, but we need never wonder about the Lord.

PETER: Plenty of people saw Him in life, watched His miracles and heard His teachings, and yet some of them were among those who condemned Him to the cross. To see Him, Thomas —to see Him as He is, for who He is—we must look with our hearts. 

And then He asked, a second time, “But whom say ye that I am?” And I looked at him and I said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And he said to me, "flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”You see Thomas, it isn’t by flesh and blood that we know, but by what we feel. At first Mary Magdalene thought He was the gardener. And Cleopas walked along the road to Emmaus, thinking He was a rabbi. But when they felt Him, they knew. And one day, when you do see Him, you will not know any better than you know now that He lives, because you already feel— (pointing to Thomas’ heart)—here.

Come, Lord Jesus, Great Redeemer,
Light of morning from the east.
We will be Thy children ever,
Dry our tears, all weeping cease.
Come in glory to the earth,
Come to us to rule and reign.
Ready us to kneel and greet Thee.
Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Jesus, once of humble birth,
Now in glory comes to earth.
Once He suffered grief and pain;
Now He comes on earth to reign.
Now He comes on earth to reign.


I thought this explained my job really well!

Gracie made a gingerbread house at activity days

Primary kids helping package everything for our Meadowlark project

This was posted on Instagram in December!!! It made my day!!!

Ward Christmas party

Christmas Dance with Kenzie
He's looking good :)

Gracie often plays with my phone while we are at choir practice. This is a sample picture>

Can't pass up an opportunity to take a picture with Zuri

Hermana Sidney made it to Mesa. Yay!!!

Savior of the World rehersal

We got to go see the MoTab Christmas concert

Christmas party at work!

Temple Square with the cousins!

Singing with the missionaries at Temple Square

It's been a while since Jef and his family have been in Utah for Christmas time. We spent time at temple square.

Making paches

What Santa left at home for Christmas

A big present from Casey? No clue what it could be???

I got a huge Ms. Brown. It's really cute! I ended up taking it to work. This is what my students call me so it's fun!

This was a very memorable December. It was crazy busy but so fun! We got to do Savior of the World which brought the Spirit into the entire month. Every performance we got to see the story of Christ. We got to visit with family and just spend time together. The gospel of Jesus Christ and family is what it's all about!!!