We were so excited when we got a Facebook message from this returned missionary saying she was coming to America to visit! She had a 9-hour layover in Los Angeles, heading up to Salt Lake City where she would vacation for three weeks. We made plans to pick her up from LAX and take her for a quick tour of the town! She wanted to attend church to partake of the sacrament (warmed my heart) so I found a YSA ward behind the LA Temple that met in the afternoon. We could tour the temple, attend sacrament meeting, then head out to the Santa Monica coastline! I decided to bake a braided ham, cheese and carmelized onion sandwich, pack a picnic lunch, and looked forward to a delightful Sabbath with our Taiwanese guest! Until I woke up Sunday morning to heavy rain and a forecast of showers through the ENTIRE day:((( Well, I baked the sandwich, packed the lunch, and we still had a delightful but VERY WET Sabbath after all!
The Los Angeles Temple Visitors Center
By the way, guess who is the new Assistant Coordinator for the Los Angeles Temple monthly Mandarin session? Brother Blickenstaff! He was called this past Saturday. In the setting apart, President Reynolds blessed him to be able to keep up his Mandarin skills through this calling, and to have the health and strength necessary to serve the temple patrons:) We love serving in the temple!!!
We didn't head out to the coast, but we did go to Hollywood instead:)
We couldn't exactly make out the Hollywood sign, but we didn't get into a car accident either,
deja vue hahaha!