This begins our marathon ... 35 days in a row working at the VC from to each day.
Our first night serving there was on Wednesday.. This was the first night and a special by invitation only.. We were so excited that we got to go. I met Elder Russell M. Nelson, J.W. Marriott, Senator Orin Hatch of
Ambassador Olexander Motsyk
Setting up for the event
Some of the delightful sisters I get to work with
The Washington DC Mormon Choir
Senator Orin Hatch of Utah
J.W. Marriott, chairman and host of the Festival of Lights
Thursday evening was for the diplomats of the various embassy's and their staff and the staffs of the powers that be in DC. It again was an invitation only. Both nights the Washington DC Mormon Choir performed. Again an amazing night.
Friday was the first night open to the public. The featured entertainment for the evening was Sandra Turley of Broadway. She was fantastic.. Such a marvelous entertainer.. She performed two shows that evening. The VC is packed as people visit the nativity room with 89 nativity sets displayed. They walk the new displays at the center and admire the beautiful decorated trees on display.
I am in charge of the kitchen and getting the dinner prepped and served to the 28 young sister missionaries and the 12 other workers every night. I don't have to fix the dinner every night, it is provided by various wards in the area. Sister Wege and I did provide the dinner on Saturday though. We had tacos, fruit and yummy rice krispy caramel treats. There are two shifts each evening and I get the tables set and dinner ready to be served.. I have great helpers that assist me.. We then feed the young men and men who serve as parkers for the cars.. which are around another 20 people.. It has worked out great and everyone has been happy with the meals. Then we clean up and get ready for the next day..
They are all so much fun
Our kitchen at the VC
More of those cute sisters
Saturday evening we had Grammy nominated recording artist Jenny Oaks Baker performing 3 shows.. She had a packed house all night. We had just over 4,000 people attend the VC on Saturday.. It is so fun to see so many people I know and meet many new people..
Jenny Oaks Baker
What a wonderful week.. Our visits to the sisters during the time we serve at the Festival of Lights is really cut down since we are there every day.. But we still have a few sisters that we visit in the mornings..
I am so thankful that I have the privilege of working with these 28 fantastic young women serving their missions here in DC. They are amazing and I love them each so much.. Just like having 28 more grandaughters, on top of my 8 wonderful ones back home.