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Monday, January 11, 2010

Away in a Manger Mishaps 12/21/09

Dear Family,

This week we've taken a couple nights to go caroling as a zone. On Saturday night while caroling, we came upon a cul-de-sac. Instead of going from house to house, we thought it would be a good idea to stand in the middle of all the houses, and have a few of us ring every doorbell at the same time so we could sing to everyone at the same time. I ran to two houses, rang the doorbells, and ran back to the middle of the cul-de-sac, out of breath and full of anticipation for the performance we were about to put on.

Nobody came to their doors.

We began to sing. After we finished the first song, a man finally came outside. We decided to just go to his house and sing for him. All of us standing on his driveway, we began to sing "Away in a Manger." What we didn't realize is that there are two different tunes that you can sing "Away in a Manger" and they sound terrible sung together. Half of us sang one tune and half sang the other. The man was nice enough to clap a few times for us. We invited him to a special Christmas Sacrament Meeting, and assured him that we would have nothing to do with the musical numbers there.

Later on that night, we went outside a grocery store to sing and give pass-along cards to the lucky customers entering and exiting the store. This actually went pretty well. We even got a fan - a little girl that watched us for 15 minutes, clapped enthusiastically after every song, and shouted out requests. It brought me back to the glory days of The Hypercubes (a pre-mission band I was in), except this time the one die-hard fan was not my own mother. Thanks for all your support, mom!

Well, family, I'll talk to you on Christmas. Our one appointment on Christmas is for dinner from 3 to 5 pm (California time), so any other time that works with your schedules will be okay for the phone call.

Merry Christmas, all!

Elder Karlsven

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