Friday, October 31, 2014

Beauty in All Things

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.
Come Lord Jesus Come!
This is the finale in the show Savior of the World.
All the actors gathered on stage and sang the above song.
Some of the little children climbed onto a mountain and joined the apostles.
The apostle Peter stands at the top of the mountain and Bria was held in his arms.
Bria then raises her hand and points to heaven as we joined her in looking to heaven.
 Tears ran down my face when I looked up and witnessed this sight as we all sang,
Come Lord Jesus Come!
This was not planned by the director.
He was not aware of Bria's hand but God is.
I find this a beautiful representation of all of us.
Bria has a noticeable need for the return of our Savior.
Yet, all of us need his atoning power and the gift of the resurrection.
Come Lord Jesus Come!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A family who is in a play together, stays together.

Our family is going to be in the LDS Church's production of "Savior of the World" this year - from Dad all the way down to Bria.  This even includes Tyler and Jessica. (Our oldest son and daughter-in-law)

This is a musical production the Church puts on every year between Thanksgiving and New Year's.  Yes, this is a musical production and yes, I am in it.  This is Doug, by the way...  Don't worry, there are plenty of strong voices and I can blend in...

Deanne, Tyler, Sereen, Ressa, Pierce and Hannah have all been in it before and loved it, so this time we tried out as a family hoping to just be members of the ensemble, filling up space on the stage.  We'd be good at that. :)  I agreed to try out.  (This is Deanne. I was just reading this for the first time and had to put my two cents in. Doug is the one who suggested we all tryout as a family. I think he likes to forget that part. The man that will not sing in the ward choir and has NEVER wanted to be on stage asked if we could try out as a family.) Besides, we probably wouldn't make it anyway so there was nothing to be too worried about.  The last time I remember being on stage was in a 3rd grade Sesame Street skit singing the rubber ducky song in my baseball uniform because my game went too long to change into my costume...

I figured they would recognize Deanne's wonderful voice and want her.  And most likely Pierce for a speaking part and possibly a couple more of the kids for the ensemble.  Well, to the surprise of all of us, they wanted our ENTIRE FAMILY and many of us were selected for speaking parts.  (The original member of the family that has always loved musicals and dreamed of being a professional singer on stage did not get a part but many of the kids that didn't want a part, including Doug, have speaking parts. Funny.)Tyler and Pierce are Shepherds, Creed is Nephi and a soldier (the coolest part in the play, as defined by Creed) Casey and Clayson each play boys with fairly significant speaking parts.  Deanne is playing Mary's aunt, although she has no speaking parts, she is in many (One) scenes and on stage with a small group with Mary and Joseph at one point.  Hyrum even has a part that is considered more than just the ensemble (and he LOVES it).I am the prophet Malachi reciting a scripture and also a disciple who is in the upper room when Christ appears to the apostles.  I am 3 weeks into growing my beard - another new experience for me.  Here are photos of some of the boys being fitted for the costumes...

We were a little overwhelmed and humbled when they told us we were all in it.  This goes way beyond the rubber ducky song. This is a fantastic play telling the story of Christ's birth and resurrection.  It offers a very rewarding, spiritual experience year after year.  We hope we can each add to the spirit of the play. 

Our cast will be in the Wednesday, Friday evenings and Saturday matinee shows each week starting 11/21 through 1/3.  All performances are in the small theatre of the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, UT. Ticket information will be posted on the website soon. But if you want more information, just let us know.

P.S. You did a great job on the post Doug. I love you!