Amos had a little nausea yesterday because he forgot to eat before we went to the hospital, but he got to sleep in today because he had fewer meetings than usual. He even had time to brush Blakely’s hair and spend some time at the piano. He played both hands of the accompaniment for my arrangement of “Where Can I Turn for Peace?” I was so impressed. He took piano lessons as a child but has never been able to coordinate well enough to play both hands together. Today he did it even with weakened, trembling hands.
As it happens, the special musical number that was planned didn’t work out so Kirra filled in with my new arrangement at the last minute. She has never done a sacrament meeting solo so people were suprised she could sing. They said they thought she could only rap and beatbox. If only they could have seen her on stage in Saturday’s Warrior. Evelyn accompanied her at the piano perfectly and it was so precious. A girl I didn’t know who just returned home from her mission asked me if I knew the girl who was playing the piano for the special musical number so she could ask her for a copy of the sheet music. I told her I did know her because she was my daughter and I pulled the sheet music out of my folder and told her she could have it. She couldn’t believe I arranged it. I’m so glad I had something to give her. Evelyn and I usually improvise but I made Evelyn learn the real notes on this new one. I made the notes simple enough for everyone to be able to play it.
Today was the 5th Sunday so Amos got to teach a combined lesson for all the youth in the last hour today. He loves teaching the youth more than anything. His lesson was on the importance of commitment to the gospel and I heard it was really good.
Porter learned from it that he needs to be more spiritually prepared than physically prepared to face the challenges of this life.
Evelyn learned that we should partake of the gospel and not just taste it. Amos taught that those in Lehi’s vision of the Tree of Life who only tasted of the fruit with no commitment, were ashamed and fell away when ridiculed by the people in the large and spacious building but those who chose to fully partake of the fruit did not heed the mocking of others but stayed close to Lehi and continued to partake.
Grandma Dance is on the phone with Amos right now. She and grandpa call every single Sunday to spend a few minutes talking to each of her many children and grandchildren. Their commitment to never miss a week has had such a great impact and kept them close. She is also doing well in her cancer fight.