The biggest news from this week was that the Philadelphia Pennsylvania temple was dedicated yesterday. It was a special event for everyone in Pennsylvania in general because it is the first temple in the state, but specifically for people in Philadelphia because that is where the temple is. It was a wonderful dedication. We were able to attend all three sessions. The first one was nice because of the cornerstone ceremony, but my favorite was the last one because of the talks that Elder Christofferson and President Eyring gave. I am excited to be able to attend this new temple and also to see what blessings it will bring to this temple district.
The night before the dedication, the youth put on a cultural celebration. For this celebration, they recounted the history of Pennsylvania, starting with William Penn and ending with Joseph Smith, featuring George Washington, Betsy Ross and the singing of the Constitution/Declaration of Independence (not sure which). What was also neat was when the camera showed where President Eyring was sitting, we were able to see President Anderson, my previous mission president. Did you know that President Eyring lived in NJ but had to come to Philadelphia to be baptized when he was eight?
Elder Roberts and I are going to finish our missions together. That is exciting because we were in the same zone at the MTC. As far as we know, we will not be made a trio. That will make the logistics easier for the assistants at the end of October. They won’t have to worry about where they are going to put the other missionary for the day while his companions are in Philadelphia for their last p-day.