Elder And Sister Richard and Sharon Porter's Mission Site
I believe in miracles - do you?Date: October 07, 2011
Companion: The other Missionary Porter, of course
I believe in miracles. Do you?
One of the miracles, I am looking for is a regular letter once a week to everyone. Robbie, our oldest grandson is currently serving a mission in Columbia, South Carolina and miracle upon miracle this young elder has sent a letter to his family each week since hes been out mind you it has only been 4 weeks. Keep up the good work Robbie. Maybe you can outdo your grandparents and uncles.
Another miracle that we have had is that we actually survived the choir performances. While I have alluded to how busy we were, I havent given any details, so now I will. I think I mentioned in one letter how we needed to get advertising done and programs, etc. When we are back home in the States, a committee would have been assigned to put the whole thing together. Here it was all handled by yours truly and all of the time consuming stuff and communication was handled by Elder Porter (dad, Rich, papa). Without all of his help and support, it would never have come together. Starting on July 17th, we had 4 Sunday rehearsals trying to coordinate all of the instruments and singers. The rehearsals were 2 3 hours long, as this was the only time when we had all the singers together. On the last rehearsal, the sound people there setting up mikes for instruments, soloists, narrators, etc. Then on August 14th, we had our first performance of five. Each performance was at a different Stake Center (Church building) and so it always presented a new set of issues to deal with, such as how do we seat 57 singers, 3 instrumentalists, narrators on a stand designed for a max of about 40 and of course all the sound equipment? We usually were there 3 hours ahead of performance choir 1 ½ hours ahead of time. After performances and rehearsals, we were the taxi for 3-5 girls who lived in Kagiso which is about a 30 min drive from our flat. So Sundays became very, very busy and very, very long. By the time we would get home it was usually after 9 PM. after starting at 2:30.
We did see miracles through this experience. Three days before our second performance, two of the soloists texted me to say that they had laryngitis. I told them how to treat it and before the perfornances both of them asked for Priesthood blessings. It was truly a miracle that both were able to sing their solos and did very well considering that they were not fully recovered. Another miracle occurred when we actually were able to seat all 65 kids on a stand even smaller than most. Then at one of the performances, the sound crew got lost trying to find the building. They showed up about 45 mins. ahead and another miracle were able to get set up and we started on time. When we checked out the last venue about 5 weeks before, they had no organ and the piano looked like it belonged in a honky-tonk bar and sounded like it. We made arrangements to take over a very high end keyboard from the Institute. We had it in place and much to our surprise, they had changed the piano out for a decent piano. So we were going to use the keyboard for the organ sound. Our flute and clarinet players were late and arrived only about 25 mins. before we were to start. As we started to warm up using the keyboard as the organ, the flute player said the keyboard was out of tune. Sure enough when we played it next to the piano it was about 1/3 step flat and transposing up then made it about 1/3 step sharp. So we scrambled and found another keyboard in the building that was actually in tune to the piano this was 10 minutes before starting time. The performance then came off without a hitch. Our best performance was the one that didnt get recorded because the sound people were late. So many people loved it. We averaged anywhere from160 to 270 at each performance. Some of the missionaries brought investigators. The Stonehockers (a couple missionary) brought some investigators who loved it so much that they asked to see it again the next week. The whole experience was truly a miracle from beginning to end. That we were able to put the performance together with only 4 combined rehearsals was a miracle in itself. The Lord truly blessed us.
Spring has sprung and it is truly a miracle to see the flowers, trees, etc. come to life. I always marvel at the miracle of Gods creations and life and rebirth from a long winters nap. While the Jacarandas arent in bloom yet they tell us it should happen in the next few weeks, Everything is so beautiful.
We did do another music workshop for a YSA convention. It was great fun and we had each group sing the Shosholoza. That is what you hear the South Africans singing at the World Cup games. We have recorded it and will post it.
Time to post this letter. Look for miracles they are there everyday. God bless!!!
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