And So It Begins…Again

Things get easier with practice and with time and so it goes with INSPIRE. We just had our first rehearsal with the new group and Michael and I were amazed as the level of commitment and talent!

I couldn’t help but sit on the stage, staring out at the brilliant choir, and remember our humble beginnings. We had no idea, well little ideas, of how to actually run a full choral group. We learned fast.

I think I would have cried with how many talented guys we now have in the choir if I wasn’t so excited about the wicked awesome sight reading capabilities of the group. I was in awe—and in a good way.

This is going to be an epic experience for everyone involved

INSPIRE San Diego Choir Tour (Day 1)

Saturday June 29, 2013

9:oo AM-12:00 PM  —Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center/Service Project

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We sang, “My Kindness” A Capella for the other workers and a group of college kids and leaders who were visiting the Estuary. It was a great experience to give of our time at the Tijuana Estuary!

1:00-7:00 PM – Free time in San Diego. 

 

INSPIRE San Diego Choir Tour (Day 2)

 

Sunday June 30, 2012

8:30-9:30 AM—Performed at the Marine Corps Recruitment Depot (MCRD).

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This has never happened before. We did a 40 minute program of just our music and both, “Blessings” & “I Have Seen Him” solos. This was a life changing experience.

One of INSPIRE’s members, who participated, shared her thoughts,

Being at the marine training camp in San Diego was an experience that will be forever impressed upon my mind.  I felt the influence of the Spirit of the Lord pour out upon us and trainees.  The program that we performed was all music.  I later considered whether it would have been good to have had speakers but then I felt there was something special about simply presenting the message of the restoration through music.  It was a powerful spirit that came as we sang hymns about Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and the blessings we receive from God.  There were a few particular young men watching that I couldn’t help but notice.  One young man was overcome by the Spirit to the point where he could hardly contain his tears as they streamed down his face.  His buddies reached over and patted him on the back.  One young man watched his brother cry and I sensed a great spirit about him, a calmness, someone converted to the gospel, and simply rejoicing in the gospel message.  I felt like many young men rejoiced with us that day.  The memory forever impressed upon me is the moment when we sang The Spirit of God.  I watched as these converted young souls mouthed the words with us of this great hymn.  It was as if they could not resist verbally rejoicing in the glorious news of the gospel.  It was a remarkable thing to see as these young men witnessed their testimony in song.  I love this work.  I love the opportunity to witness through music the reality of the Savior Jesus Christ and His Restored Gospel.  (Amy Honka)

Although the Marines were allowed to clap their Branch President asked them to all stand and give INSPIRE a Marine Salute and they gave us a big Hoo-Ra! Not an eye in the choir (or the entire place for that matter) was dry!

11:30 AM-12:30 PM —Perform in the San Diego Singles Ward.

Kylee , Michael, & Ashley all got the opportunity to speak during Sacrament meeting. INSPIRE sang, “My Kindness Shall Not Depart From Thee” by Rob Gardner for one of the musical numbers and LaDawn and her sister, currently a sister missionary in San Diego, sang another song.

 Sister Ralyne Riggs wrote this in a letter home about the impact of INSPIRE,

…We headed to our ward where we were so blessed to have a performing group, INSPIRE from AZ, to sing, testify, and bring an amazing spirit to all of our hearts. Each testimony of the church and the Restoration made me so excited to be here sharing this incredible message with the world! As the 25 singers gathered and sang, “My Kindness Shall Not Depart From Thee”…they literally sang the first line and the spirit burned.It was so beautiful and made me reflect on my Young Ambassador days! Through the song Sister Miller and I just held each other’s hand and cried…literally…tears streaming…

Downtime Before Fireside:  Mormon Battalion, Nap Time,  Heritage Park,  & Old Town San Diego

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7:00-8:00 PM – Truth Restored fireside.

INSPIRE was excited (worn out by this time) to do a fireside for the people of San Diego. There were a lot of missionaries who brought investigators, friends, family, and hearts that had come to feel peace.

Sister Riggs continued in her letter.

INSPIRE performed their musical fireside for the YSA’s here in San Diego and it caused so many miracles! A referral was received from a girl that one of the singers invited. One of our investigators we just taught the Restoration to received answers, and had the spirit confirm through a feeling of happiness that the Restoration is all real! A guy we street contacted and invited came and he wants to learn more. The father of the family of one of our recent converts came and now wants to have missionaries over once a week and committed to our recent convert that he was going to start bringing his family to church every week!!!….It goes on and on. I am sure that’s not all that happened within the hearts of the people that night…so many miracles came from that! We are so grateful!”  http://sisterralynneriggs.blogspot.com/

INSPIRE is very grateful for Ladawn and Sister Riggs for helping to put things together in San Diego!

Josh and DallinOh, and there was a lot of driving…err sleeping.