With the Payson Temple being built and dedicated, the youth in our stake, and all stakes in the Payson Temple District, were invited to participate in a celebration event. The kids have been learning songs and dances for the past 3 months. It's been a lot of time and a lot of practice including a 6 hour practice at the stadium on time. When the night of the celebration came everyone was excited and ready to go. There were to be several members of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles attending. Thousands of people came to celebrate the building and dedication of the Payson Temple! And then it started to rain. And it rained some more and more. It was heavy rain and then lightning came. We were told the program was to be temporarily postponed. There were so many people gathering under the bleachers trying to stay warm and crossing fingers and toes that the celebration would be "back" on. Finally the rain stopped and we were told we could return to the bleachers so that the program would be able to commence.
Despite the rain and the delay, the program turned out lovely. The boys were able to participate in a Helamen's March. It was pretty amazing to see all those boys standing on the field. It's hard not to think about my boys and sending them off to fight. How incredibly hard would that be? The girls were in a beautiful dance to "I Know That My Redeemer Lives". There were some special parts that kids could audition for. Kenzie auditioned to be a lyrical dancer. She \made it and they made up a little song and a dance. That dance was beautiful! During the last number all the youth, around 10,000 of them, sang a song. As they were singing, those in red were the first to go, they opened their shirts to reveal the colors. It was by far my favorite number. All the colors were so bright and beautiful. I'm so glad our kids were able to participate in this once in a lifetime celebration.
After the rain, always comes the rainbow!!!!