At least some of you know that in addition to our duties taking care of the grounds here in Kirtland, we also help as tour guides on Sunday and other days when they have an unusual need. Last Sunday, a bus load of people from Mexico showed up without letting us know they were coming. So, we helped both because it was Sunday and because there was an unexpectedly large crowd all of a sudden!
We took half the group. Most did not speak English but there were a couple of them who did speak good English and were able to handle translation during the tour.
All the regular site missionaries were a bit flustered, trying to work out just how to handle the sudden influx. And this was the last day of the busiest weekend of the year (they are always busy here during the Cumorah Pageant run). But, we did good!
Sister Caldwell and I lead the second half of the group, so we were last. And we had a really good time! Just sort of took us back to our time in Mongolia when we always had to speak through an interpreter. These were wonderful people and we made some new friends that day!
After they left, Elder Caldwell ended up taking over a small group as they finished the last half of a shortened tour later in the evening. One of them was a non-member, which we do not really see here that much. Most are members for whom we are committed to providing a testimony strengthening experience.
This non-member lives about 6 miles from Kirtland and decided he would finally stop and see what all of this was about. And he had a lot of very good and very thought out questions. It was fun to be with him, too. He very much wants to come back to visit the parts he missed this time (it was later in the evening so it was cut a little short).
The opportunities we have to share the Gospel while we do tours are our favorite. We do like helping with the landscaping but it is even better to help with tours sometimes.
Oh, the forecast for Thursday is for the hottest temps in 16 years!! About 97 degrees and 75-80% humidity! Ouch! Lucky us!