Wednesday, April 26, 2006

i debate whether to temple or to meet needs.

i decide to temple. then i can meet needs the rest of the week.

i feel the spirit strongly throughout the temple session. i sit in the third row rather than the first, and the new perspective helps me stay awake.

i'm concerned because so few brothers in the quorum seem to have visited their sheep.

i pray in the temple that the brothers in the quorum will be inspired to meet the needs of their sheep.

i need to meet the needs of one more of my sheep and better meet the needs of another. i call one, and i go to the apartment of the other and leave him a note.

doctrine and covenants 138:38-60

Saturday, April 22, 2006

i have only 10 more months in my quorum.

bremen, stephen, and i sit together to show unity at our stake priesthood leadership meeting. it's the first time both of my counselors are with me at a stake meeting.

president belnap talks about callings and temples. here are a few quotes.

*to magnify a calling is to build it up in dignity, to let the light of heaven shine through it before all men.
*lead in such a way that the people will be glad to follow you.
*what better place to receive revelation than the temple?
*there is safety and refuge in the temple right above our heads. make a habit of going to the temple.

after their after-party, i sleep at stephen and peter's, my home away from home.

doctrine and covenants 107:99

Thursday, April 20, 2006

aaron, bremen, brent, eric, matt, and i take an elders quorum temple trip to the manhattan temple. amanda, e'lle, and leah are coincidentally in the same session.

bremen and brent are proxies for my ancestors.

i officiate for the first time. the session is a revelation for me.

after the session, we pizza at the place with the pass-along cards.

doctrine and covenants 84:2-5

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

i temple for a session.

then marcus and i meet to talk about sharing the love.

3 nephi 12:14

Sunday, April 16, 2006

nathan s. oboes and nathan c. pianos i stand all amazed, our quorum's first special musical number: i stand all amazed.

at the end of elders quorum, we feed our sheep easter treats as rewards for our ward's needs meeting success in march.

alma 32:21

Friday, April 14, 2006

bremen writes and sends this quorum email, with which i am pleased and impressed.


As we celebrate what President Hinckley has called “the greatest victory of all time,” there will be opportunities this weekend to share the joy of the gospel with others. Whether you’re traveling or celebrating Easter here in the city, consider the following ways you can share your love and testimony with those around you, submitted by your elders quorum in link-heavy wiki format:

* invite them to church
* visit them and meet their needs
* feed them Easter treats
* send them Easter ecards from
* send them a link to an Easter message about Christ's victory over death
* give them a pass-along card with a picture of Christ
* invite them to watch the Lamb of God with you
* invite them to the Passover seder dinner on saturday, april 15, at 8 pm at the stake center

Also, please be aware of the needs meeting message and elders quorum lesson included in earlier emails this week. Seek to be inspired.

Should you chose to explore New York's cultural wealth of Easter and Passover festivities, consider the following piece of etiquette: A gentleman knows how to behave in other people’s churches. If the congregation stands, he stands. He does not, however, have to cross himself, bow, or kneel.

Thank you for your faith and righteous desires. Happy Easter from your quorum.

Respectfully yours,

luke 24:1-7
Why seek ye the living among the dead?
He is not here, but is risen.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

i go to the temple and do nine initiatories for belgian and french brothers. i love doing ordinances for french-speaking brothers because french is the celestial language.

on my way home, i deliver needs meeting calls to three brothers and visit briefly with two of them.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

bremen, peter, and stephen move a sister.

Monday, April 10, 2006

bremen writes and sends the quorum email. it's the first quorum email written by a brother other than me.

he includes a quote from and links to bruce r. mcconkie's last conference talk, one of my favorite talks by one of my favorite apostles.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

i compile needs meeting adventures in the afternoon.

i revisit and edit them late at night.

i send them to the bishop and copy the bishopric and my counselors.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

i gig at the temple on the 176th anniversary of the organization of the church.

i sit at the front desk.

i see bremen after his session. he's leading our quorum's redeeming the dead mission.

i sit in the celestial room and pray and read about jesus.

i feel an overwhelming peace.

i love the temple.

i compile march needs meeting adventures for a couple hours.

luke 24:32

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

my gig ends early, so i go to the temple and do seven initiatories.

then i go to beard papa for a chocolate cream puff and to george's for a slice of pizza.

then i visit andre. as always, we talk about girls and church.

then i think about heading home. instead, i decide to visit another brother. he has a pass-along card on the door of his room. he speaks japanese and spanish but struggles with english.

"i thought you forgot about me," he says.

"never," i say.

i give him a message, and we pray together. he says he wants to go out with the missionaries three days a week to improve his english. he also says he wants to go on a mission.

i end the evening at peter and stephen's, my home away from home, where i eat another slice of pizza.

on my way home, i invite clay johnsen of inwood good fame to referee a basketball game on saturday morning.

mosiah 14

Sunday, April 02, 2006

i stay up late doing april needs meeting calls until i fall asleep on my sofa.

i wake up after a couple hours and finish the calls. i pray about them, but i receive no confirmation. i always send them to the bishop by the morning of the first sunday of the month, so i send them anyway.

during the day, i become aware of some needs, and i know i need to change some calls to meet those needs. information precedes inspiration.

i revise the calls, pray, and receive a confirmation. i send them to the bishop, and he approves them.

doctrine and covenants 8:2

Saturday, April 01, 2006

bremen, stephen, marcus, bob, and i sit together during the priesthood session of general conference at the inwood chapel.

i'm pleased to be with my priesthood brothers during the priesthood session.

afterwards, sisters show up at stephen's, and the brothers and the sisters together create post-priesthood pizza pandemonium.

we order four pizzas from george's, and we tip the delivery guy with bills and pass along cards.

before we eat pizza, ryan prays.

after the pizza, stephen gives us pineapple and vanilla ice cream from costco and toll house cookie dough. he has good taste in everything, especially food.

we watch old lingos, and i see myself as i was before my elders quorum call, and i'm happy to have evolved since then.

"this is it," i say.

i never want to leave, but i need to complete april needs meeting calls and send them to the bishop.