Sunday, July 17, 2011
Vacation: The Tabernacle
*During my year as a Church Service Missionary (1994-95), besides Music and the Spoken Word, my responsibilities included ushering at various concerts and other events held on Temple Square. I was asked to usher and sit with President Hunter's family during General Conference when he was sustained as our prophet. I later ushered at his viewing, standing near the head of the casket to make sure no one crossed over the guard ropes, in the Administration Building. Then I ushered and sat with President Hinckley's family during the solemn assembly when he was sustained as the prophet. Between sessions of conference, I was invited to attend a luncheon for the choir at the Lion House where President Hinckley joked with "his choir." Assigned to stand near the podium during a fireside in the Tabernacle, I literally brushed shoulders with President Hinckley when he came in to take his seat. I also ushered 2 or 3 sessions of the dedication for the Bountiful Temple (overflow was held in the Tabernacle). I didn't fully appreciate those experiences then, but I am very grateful for them now. This was just something I did on weekends or for special events, but it was a great time in my life.