(I did watch Ferris Beuller last week, so I saw some of the art work in the movie. check!!)
On Saturday evening we were lucky enough to be invited to a Naperville, Illinois Stake Dance.
When we arrived we easily tripled the attendance of the stake dance. Our kids arrived a little later than expected. But, I think they were tired of singing, and sitting on a bus so they were full of energy when they arrived.
They had a blast singing, dancing, enjoying the music, and letting go of a lot of energy!
It was seriously funny to watch the leaders who were in charge. I think we shocked them--with our numbers and our enthusiasm.
I was proud of our kids (boys) for making sure they danced with the locals.
I really wish Stake Dances were like this in Utah. What are we doing wrong?
We arrived at the Naperville Stake Center for a Stake Fireside.
I was completely unprepared for what this would entail.
I cannot wrap my head around the fact that a choir group from a public high school can have every single member participate in a religious meeting singing religious songs, LDS specific.
The choir would sing a song and then a student would get up and share some thoughts or bear testimony, one after another.
About 8 seniors that Mr. Mendenhall had spoken to about an hour before the meeting began, shared their thoughts.
There were 6 senior male students that had mission calls that were part of our tour.
And 2 of them had mission calls at home waiting to be opened!
I was just so impressed with this group.
The concluding speaker was one of our chaperones, President Hickey, a stake president from one of the Spanish Fork Stakes.
We finished it up the same as the earlier meetings that day...the leaders/chaperones joining the choir.
More tears. I didn't even try to sing "watermelon" this time. I just smiled.
The leaders of the Stake commented to us that they were so impressed and had they known what a meaningful event this would be, they would have made every effort to fill the entire cultural hall with members.
Quite a compliment. However, I would imagine that we, as students/parents/chaperones/leaders, got just as much or more from the experience as they did.
I know that there are ugly, awful, horrible things at MMHS as there are at any high school.
But, I am so proud to have been part of this tour and to be associated with such an amazing group of kids. I am super proud of Summer for choosing to be part of this and for the hard work and determination that it takes to be able to make this happen.
Such a great group of kids. I just think it's so awesome that their testimonies are so strong and that they would be willing to share it so well with song and words. I am so happy about the timing for the change in missionary age. It is really neat for Summer and all of these students to be mingling with these young men who will graduate and enter the MTC within just a few weeks or months. And they are so open and excited about it. Really, really amazes me.
Mr. Mendenhall is amazing and these kids are so lucky and blessed to have him as their teacher and leader. He is very talented and would have no problem moving on to bigger and better things. These kids are blessed. Summer is blessed. And I am blessed to have been part of it.