Sunday, December 9, 2007

"Stars Were Gleaming"

WARNING: so I am not the best writer, but I had a lot on my mind about my ward so this might be a little random!:) Sorry. I think it is important to have a good ward to attend every sunday, but in order to have a good ward, I think you have to contribute too. Our first ward in Holladay was so easy to go and visit with people because we knew some of the members before we even moved in. Jake and I also had callings that allowed us to be involved. I was coaching the young womens sports teams and Jake was over the scouts. When we moved to our home in Sugarhouse we were excited to attend church because the seller of our home kept telling us how great the ward was - and let me tell you he was right! I think one misconception of Sugarhouse is that everyone is "old." So I felt like others thought it was going to be hard to enjoy an "old" ward. Don't get me wrong there are old people, but I was pleasantly suprised to see such a variety of all ages - newlyweds to widows. I honestly feel that the best thing about our ward is the variety of ages. I feel like I have the older members to learn from and look up to, the middle aged members to relate to, and the younger age to spend time with outside of church. I bring this up because I attended our enrichment night last week and it was SO great. I am on the committee and I was excited to help plan the Christmas Dinner. We decided to do salad, soup and dessert. We also decided on a program - a live nativity. One of the committee members found a story in an old Friend magazine that followed the nativity. We decided to have our children play the parts and as each scripture or story was read each part of the nativity would come into it's place. I was SO excited when I was told that Walker would play the part of Baby Jesus. Our theme was "Stars Were Gleaming." The night turned out to be a success with singing from various groups, the mingling of the members, the great dinner, and most of all the nativity. We had all the children dressed up as Joseph, Mary, shepherds, angels and baby Jesus. As each part was read tears would fill my eyes as the children would sit in front of the audience and fill their part of the nativity. I made Walker a "manger". I took his bouncer, bought white fabric and (thanks to Muranda) I took her hula skirt and cut it up to make the hay. When it was Walker's turn to come out everyone in the audience sighed and many of the women started crying. It really brought the spirit into the room. ( I was so nervous because it was WAY past Walkers bedtime and I thought he was going to cry the whole time, but he didn't. For a half an hour he just sat in his bouncer and didn't make a peep!) After the dinner and program we all stayed to mingle and I just love how I was able to talk to everyone, young and old, and learn from them their experiences, life lessons, and hear of their testimonys of Jesus and his birth. It was great that Walker could play the part of Jesus and help bring the spirit into the room that evening. Above his bouncer was a sparking star - that was gleaming the entire time. We had a record turn out, and I think that everyone enjoyed themselves. Each time I attend a ward activity I am reminded of how lucky Jake and I are to live where we do and be able to attend such a great ward. I love that we have callings that we can fullfill and take a part in making this such a great ward. I remember first attending the ward and not going to enrichment nights or other activities that were being held - and I truly regret that. There is no way that I can stand back and let the ward come to me. I need to do my part as well - i think that we all do. I am so grateful that we do have young people in this ward that Jake and I have become very good friends with. I am grateful for the older people and families who even though the homes are small, vow never to move because they love it here so much. We have one family in our ward that has lived here well over 30 years and now all their kids are grown and every child has moved back into the ward with their family. Sugarhouse really is a great place to live. I am sure that if we all do our part, everyone can make their ward the best!
Our very own baby Jesus!

6 comments:

Muranda said...

I couldn't agree more! There truly is no sweeter baby to play the role of Baby Jesus...he is so darling.

Justin and Jill said...

Teylor, I had no idea Walker was baby Jesus for your Ward Christmas Party! He looks so sweet. Great insight into our ward families. We are so blessed to have our ward as extended families!

Jenn said...

so adorable....he makes a great baby Jesus. That's cool you have such a great ward. It really can make going to church more enjoyable. :)

The LeRoy's said...

I got a lump in my throat!that is the cutest thing I have ever seen. He is so sweet and makes a perfect Jesus!

Mauss Memories said...

I totally agree and that's what I loved about living in Holladay too! Walker is a perfect baby Jesus and the bouncer looked great! Oh ya...and you ARE a good writer! Thanks for sharing!

Alder Family said...

Tey, you're making Sherri Dew nervous with your writing skills! I loved reading that post and hearing about your great night. How sweet for Walker to play baby Jesus...He is perfect for the part. I didn't know that you were on the enrichment committee...are you still in primary too?