Elder and Sister McCollum enjoy seeing so many young return missionaries and young married couples (many who are also both return missionaries) that attend the Laie LDS Temple. Many serve as ordinance workers and also most are students at BYUH.
Mesa Arizona Temple dedicated in 1927; Laie Hawaii Temple dedicated in 1919; Cardston Alberta Temple dedicated in 1923.
Construction began on the Cardston Alberta Temple in 1913 but with WWI, work was halted until after the end of the War.
There is a song that the children sing in PRIMARY (ages 18 months – 11years):
I love to see the temple. I’m going there some day to feel the Holy Spirit, to listen and to pray. For the temple is a house of God, a place of love and beauty. I’ll prepare myself while I am young: This is my sacred duty.
I love to see the temple. I’ll go inside someday. I’ll cov’nant with my Father; I’ll promise to obey. For the temple is a holy place where we are sealed together. As a child of God, I’ve learned this truth: A family is forever.
Elder and Sister McCollum bike past the temple Mon-Fri heading to campus. They continue to work on words for their own Senior Missionary version of this favourite song:
We love to see the temple each morning as we bike, to see it glowing whitely, in the morning sun. For the temple is a holy place we love to visit weekly, a very short ride of only three blocks: We serve ancestors gladly.
Well it does sound better with the music!
Heading on down the road towards campus grounds, Elder and Sister McCollum spot the”Lawn-Mower Birds“. The name of these birds ” was chosen by our grandsons Logan and Rowan Berry (sons of our daughter & son-in-law, Leah and Jason) when their family stayed on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The boys discovered the birds showed up each time the lawns were mowed in the complex where they stayed.
By the way, the cattle are NOT on campus! Lawnmover birds have also been spotted resting on sheep in pastures along the Kamehameha Highway.
Cultural Events at BYUH
Sister McCollum, her five year old grandson Samuel and daughter-in-law Kimberly, enjoy the musical, Mary Poppins at the David O. McKay Auditorium on campus. (1955 section of campus bears the name of the 8th modern-day prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of LDS.) Several other buildings bear the names of prophets.
BTW: Years ago, Sister McCollum and her children coined a sentence to help them learn the order of the modern day prophets, beginning with Joseph Smith the young man who was prepared and who become the prophet of the Restoration of Christ’s Gospel again to the Earth.
JOSEPH SMITH was too YOUNG (Brigham Young) to be a TAILOR (John Taylor) when the WOOD (Wilford Woodruff) was covered with SNOW (Lorenzo Snow). JF SMITH (Joseph F. Smith) GRANT-ed (Heber J Grant) GAS (George Albert Smith) to MCKAY (David O. McKay) in the SMITH-FIELD (Joseph Fielding Smith) said LEE (Harold B. Lee) KIMBALL (Spencer W. Kimball) to BENSON (Ezra Taft Benson) the HUNTER (Howard W. Hunter) from the town of HINCKLEY (Gordon B. Hinckley) where they seldom have MONSOONS (Thomas S. Monson).
HOW to… add on and continue this memory helper? When our dear President Monson passes on, the apostle who is most senior in service will become the next living prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Cultural Events Continued:
The new Cinderella movie comes to the Laie Palms Cinema; it is even a two screen theatre! Elder and Sister McCollum invite their son, his wife and their boys to be their guests at this fun movie! Even two year old Henry enjoyed the “princess” movie as much as he loves sitting and having a book read to him by Grandpa.
Elder and Sister McCollum view a chalk-art display on campus.
Elder and Sister McC think the 3-D chalk-lettering on the above project for the word ”agriculture” took amazing talent.
Grandpa and Grandma tend grandsons and their parents, Robb and Kimberly attend BYUH Drama Department production, “The Importance of Being Ernest.”
Elder and Sister McCollum attend an evening at BYUH in the CAC (Cannon Activity Center) with special guests speaking (“Flood the Earth with social media goodness”), entertaining and judging a contest the next day: “Power Your Dreams”, a crowd funding competition. Elder McCollum is thrilled to see, hear and meet in person his favourite musician, Jon Schmidt, of the “Piano Guys“.