December 25, 2016 - CHRISTMAS DAY
We woke up to a very white Christmas. It snowed most of the day.
Our lovely Temple Square!
The morning started out with a lovely Christmas Sacrament Meeting program.
SALT LAKE TEMPLE SQUARE MISSION SACRAMENT MEETING
December 25, 2016
Presiding and Conducting: President Brad Risenmay
Chorister: Sister Oeser
Organist: Sister Kogure
Opening Hymn: #213 The First Noel
Invocation: President Mulford
Sacrament Hymn: #169 As Now We Take the Sacrament
Sacrament Administration Priesthood Bearers
Musical Number: What Child is This?
Sister McFarlane, Sister Troncosco, Sister Ripa, and Sister Shumway. Accompanist: Sister Kogure
Musical Number: O Holy Night – Piano Duet
Sister Oeser and Sister Klippel
Speaker: Sister Risenmay
Musical Number: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Sister Eging, Sister Pilapitiya, Sister Stahle, Sister McColgan, Sister Richins, Sister Newlin, and Sister Sneddon. Accompanist: Sister Butler
Musical Number: O Come, O Come Emanuel
Sister Ward, Sister Hug, Sister Mark, and Sister Troncosco. Accompanist: Sister Kogure
Speaker: President Risenmay
Closing Hymn: #206 Away in a Manager
Benediction: Elder Skanchy
Following Sacrament Meeting, breakfast of Elder Spencer’s famous pancakes and McDonald’s breakfast burritos were served with hot sauce for the burritos and Nutella and syrup for the pancakes. White and chocolate milk along with orange juice were also served. Each sister also picked up a fresh orange. Elder Spencer, Sister Heesch, Elder and Sister Sharp cooked all of the pancakes.
Elder Spence, Elder Sharp and Sister Sharp
Elder Spencer and Sister Heesch
Elder and Sister Sharp
Following breakfast, sisters were able to call their families. It was so fun to roam around the mission office and see sisters speaking to their families. After everyone had connected with their families, they were given free time until 1:00 pm.
At 1:00 pm the sisters arrived back on the Square for Christmas gifts. The gifts were all set out on the main level of the South Visitor Center by the Temple cutout. What a beautiful location, facing the Temple, for the sisters to receive their gifts. There were so many incredibly generous people that contributed to make this Christmas memorable for the Sisters. Cottonwood Heights Stake – Sister Barbara Fortuna, Midvale Stake, Sister Connie Hubbard, Wasatch Stake – Sister Jeri Watson and Salt Lake Highland Stake – President Ryan Kolliker all contributed to the stockings for each sister. Sister Sturzenegger’s parents wanted to do something for the sisters, so they posted on Facebook what they were planning and family and friends from Utah to Georgia participated. A Young Single Adult Relief Society prepared 25 bags themselves. These were string bags with all sorts of goodies in them. The Thursday and Friday morning Hosting Missionaries at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building along with their family members gave each sister an apron and box of brownie mix. The Primary children in wards from Northern Utah spent sharing time making cards for the sisters. An anonymous Young Women’s group provided lovely scarves they had made. Sister Risenmay’s sister and friends made rice bags for the sisters.
Gifts laid out before the sisters were gathered
Sisters gathered to receive guidelines from Sister Risenmay before making their way to the gifts
String bags from Sister Sturzenegger’s parents, family and friends
A sample of the gifts
Temple Square Mission Sweatshirts, purchased by the Mission, back and front
Following opening the gifts, a Christmas program was presented in Theater 1.
December 25, 2016 – Theater 1
Presiding: President Risenmay
Conducting: Sister Eging
Pianist: Sister Kogure
Chorister: Sister Oeser
Opening Hymn: #201 Joy to the World
Invocation: Sister Cochain
Purpose: Sister Evans
Story of the Shepherd Elder Spencer
Musical Number: Were You There?
Sister Sturzenegger, Sister Smsith A., Sister Hug, Sister Mark KM, Sister Roberts, Sister Strihavka, Sister Newlin, Sister Richins, Sister McColgan, Sister Seol and Sister Clement
Three Christmas Stories: 1. Cookie Story – Sister Valenzuela
2. Russian Christmas – Sister Naranjo-Zazueta
Musical Number: Sister Semenova and Sister Steffensen – Piano Duet
The First Noel
3. Small, Snow Covered Tree – Elder and Sister Heesch
Musical Number: Sister Skouson and Sister Fouti-Makaya – flute duet
Dona Nobis Pacem – Away in a Manger; Accompanist: Sister Kogure
The Living Christ Reading: Sister Lybbert, Sister McColgan, Sister Almeida, Sister Donald, Sister Lu, Sister Tuttle, Sister Fischer, Sister Oeser, Sister Pilapitiya, Sister Strihavka and Sister Risenmay
Closing Remarks: President Risenmay
Closing Hymn: #204 Silent Night
Benediction: Sister Sneddon
Shepherd, Elder Spencer
Shepherd (Elder Spencer) and Angels (Sisters Mariano, Newlin, Shumway and Mark KM)
Sister Ward as Mary
Singing Were You There?
Cookie Story - Sister Valenzuela
Russian Christmas – Sister Naranjo-Zazueta
Sister Steffensen and Sister Semenova
Small, Snow Covered Tree – Elder and Sister Heesch
Sister Fouti-Makaya and Sister Skouson