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Seminary graduation and Relative Race

Day two of our three-day weekend went pretty well, too. Singing time went pretty well, which is always nice. The kids were singing loud and everything, it was awesome. We watched more of The Story Trek, and then we went to help out with the music for seminary graduation.

For any of y'all who don't know, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a program for teaching high school kids about the scriptures, basically by adding another class to their school day. And unless you're in Utah, where the vast majority of the population is members of the Church, that class starts before the regular school day, at six in the morning. We really hated it, and we're glad we don't have to do it anymore (one of our greatest fears is of being called to teach seminary). But our friend who used to be on the stake presidency is now one of the people in charge of seminary, so he asked us to do the music for the graduation, which is a task we find to be much more agreeable.

He even asked us for suggestions for opening and closing hymns, and, remembering my own days in Young Women, I thought, "Well, usually the hymns for that are 'As Zion's Youth in Latter Days' and 'True to the Faith,'" and that's what we told him. And that's what the songs ended up being, which is great, because I'd basically forgotten all about it until today, and those are two of the trickiest hymns in the hymnbook! Woohoo! Fortunately, I managed to get my act together enough to not totally butcher the chorus on True to the Faith for not just the last verse, but the last two! Woohoo!

By the time we got home, we were too tired for much of anything, but we didn't want to go right to bed, so we checked out another show on BYUtv: Relative Race. It's like that show...I think it's called The Amazing Race?, only each of the teams goes to different places, because! those places are where they'll find distant relatives. And each team is allotted a different amount of time to get there, to make it fair, since they're all going to different places. I was sort of thinking about talking more about it, but there's really not much more to it. They start at one place, they do a challenge to find out where they're going, and when they get there, they do two more challenges to find the address they need to get to. And when they get there, they meet a distant cousin, and that part is really neat, because, at least in the first episode, they all talked about how automatically comfortable with these people, and the relatives they met were so nice and everything. On the other hand, it can be frustrating to watch, like when the one team had a challenge in a library to find a copy of The Firm by John Grisham, and a book where a main character was Atticus Finch, and they were utterly clueless. Even knowing the author, they had no idea how to find the book. And the library wasn't even that big!

But of course, I would probably be utterly incompetent at challenges that other people would be like, "What's your problem!?" For example, another team had a challenge to make crepes. I think that would have destroyed me. I do like to eat crepes, though.

Anyway, it was a really fun show, and I'm excited to eventually watch the next episode. It does remind me that I do care about finding out more about my own family...but in some cases, I think my cousins and aunts and uncles intimidate me even more than random strangers. Maybe this show will help me decide to get over that.

Today I'm thankful for not messing up (noticeably, anyway) when I was accompanying the special musical number in sacrament meeting (last week, when I asked the Elder who would be singing when he wanted to practice, the other set of Elders was like, "You're doing a special musical number?" and he was like, "No, I'm just doing a regular musical number," but he did a great job), getting to help with the music at seminary graduation, getting to check out a cool new show, knowing what book features Atticus Finch, and getting to sleep in tomorrow.
Tags: church, relative race

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