I didn’t want to go… it was raining here in Spanish Fork. But Jill kept after me to accompany various members of my family to Salt Lake City for the annual LDS conference April 2013–Priesthood Session; I’m glad I did. We stopped on the way to see Kenzie and Wesley’s new domicile; which I hadn’t visited before. After touring their new place of residence, we gathered everyone together and headed for the city.
We didn’t have tickets for the main conference center and so we went to the old Tabernacle for standby status. While waiting, Doug joined us, and we visited until the meeting began. Since we did not get to go to the new conference center, we went upstairs to the balcony of the Tabernacle. The balcony gave us a better view of the big screen TV to watch the session from the live video feed.
I didn’t get into the talks because I spent most of my time admiring the architecture of the Tabernacle. Also, I reflected on all the events and history that had taken place there. I remember sitting in the third row from the pulpit about forty years ago, as a fourteen-year-old, which was my first visit to this magnificent structure. Also, I’m a people watcher and enjoyed observing the participants and spectators during this event. After the session was over, I took a picture of the boys in front of the organ pipes.
We met up with our wives–and the children/grandchildren–and walked around downtown Salt Lake City looking for somewhere to eat dinner. Wesley mentioned the Blue Iguana, and so we all decided to go there. The Blue Iguana serves Mexican-style food… which wasn’t the best I’ve experienced, but it sufficed. However, the atmosphere was pleasant and being with my family was satisfying. I hope to repeat this event more often, and I hope we can share those memories with Steven and his family sometime in the future… I’m glad I went because I really do love visiting Temple Square!