Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Washington DC

I got to go to Washington DC with Stephanie and Amy Lincoln. It was short, but fun trip. We pack a lot of stuff into 2 1/2 days.

My new friend Aidan Larson.
Aidan is a cute little guy, who is a lot of fun to hang out with. Here we are waiting for our flight to take off.

Thursday after we got to DC - Amy and Stephanie took me on a twilight tour of the monuments. It was great. This is our tour guide Mel. He sure knew alot about Washington DC. His dad is even burried in Arlington National Cemetary.

This is Stephanie and I hanging out with FDR - he was the 32nd President of the US and in a wheelchair due to polio.

On Friday we went to the Washington DC temple. I stayed in the car while the girls went to a sealing for their cousin. Afterwards - we totally met the President and Sister Belliston from the Baltimore Maryland mission. They were so excited to meet people from Missionary Medical. Sister Belliston even apologized for calling so much. We assured her, it was not a problem. We are always happy to help!

There was also a group of elders from the Baltimore Maryland mission. See those big healthy smiles.

On Saturday we went to Mount Vernon. This is the plantation home where George and Martha Washington lived. In case you did not know - George Washington was the 1st president of the United States. When he lived at Mount Vernon, there where 8,000 acres. He gave most of it away in his will. The George Washington Ladies club has been able to purschase 500 acres back. It is still a working farm with orchards. If you can not tell from this picture - Stephanie does not like to smile for pictures....silly girl.

This is Stephanie and I with the Washington's. George and Martha and their grandchild Washy and Nelly. (Washy is a nick name)

On Sunday before we left to fly home, I got to with Stephanie to visit with a friend of hers frm her mission. This is Matt Anderson - he is lives in DC. He was not very excited about having his picture taken with me, but when Stephanie explained the importance of it - he humored her.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Tour

From the crossroads of the West, we welcome you to a blog about inspirational music and Army’s spoken word. The 2009 MoTab Choir Tour began with a visit to Cincinnati, Ohio. Army was most excited to visit Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals. While there the Cincinnati Enquirer announced in a publication that “Nothing prepares you for the expressive power of the choir heard live”, and Army would have to agree.
The next stop on the trip was to Missouri. For the first time in 51 years, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir preformed in St. Louis, and according to stltoday.com, “left everyone smiling”. Army celebrated this successful l concert with a picture of himself in front of the famed Gateway Arch.
From St Louis we headed North to visit the Nauvoo Temple, and other church sites. Here is a picture of Army by a statue of Joseph Smith. Then we made our way over to Des Moines, Iowa for a concert at the Wells Fargo Arena.
The MoTab’s next stop was on to Norman, Oklahoma to sing for the first time in over 40 years. Then down to Kansas City, Missouri. One of the fun sites Army visited was the Missouri River. Army was kind enough to get out his camera and take this picture of a line of the 11 busses that were used to haul the MTC all over the country.
One of the highlights of the trip was our visit to RED ROCK’s in Denver. Red Rocks is a fabulous amphitheater in Denver with a beautiful backdrop of big red rocks, similar to Tuacan in St. George, but much bigger. President Monson paid a visit to let us know that he was supporting the choir in all of our endeavors. Unfortunately, Security stopped Leslee from getting Army in a picture with President Monson.