A different kind of Christmas Carol

We've decided we need to start exposing our children to the arts (the symphony, theater, etc.). When Meghan and Caleb were both still little Shauna and I had four season tickets to Pioneer Theatre at the U. We'd invite a different couple to go with us for each show.

Today while researching schedules and prices for other theater options in the Salt Lake valley I came across this apparently unique rendition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol that is coming this December to Hale Center Theatre:

Screenshot of the description of 'A Christmas Carol' at halecentertheatre.org
"A delicious, Caribbean legend... This extraordinary treat sways with rich, tropical color and music! Ti Moune, plucked from a tall tree after a storm, is sheltered by the island gods...but will an inbred class system alter her fate? A rare legend dripping with unbounded joy, intrigue and simple wisdom. Rhythmic music will haunt you..."

So far I've only purchased tickets to Les Misérables at PTC. But Hale Center Theatre's website is already entertaining me.

— Michael A. Cleverly

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Manaus temple announced!

It's time to start saving for future trip(s) back to Brazil! (Really it was past time anyway, since it's been eleven years already since my last trip. My current passport doesn't even have any entrada/saida stamps from Brazil.)

This morning I received an email from Francily Francesconi (wife of my second mission president) asking if I'd heard anything about a temple announcement. She'd received a phone call from some Church members living in Itacoatiara who told her that they'd been told that a temple was to be built in Manaus. Sister Francesconi had looked on the churches website but hadn't seen a press release posted (yet).

This afternoon my father called with the exciting news: the First Presidency had released a letter announcing construction of a temple on May 23rd. It reads, in pertinent part:

We are pleased to announce that a temple will be constructed in Manaus, Brazil. We are confident that this will be a blessing to the many faithful Saints in this and surrounding areas who have had to travel long distances to enjoy the blessings of the temple. Specific stakes to be included in the temple district will be announced at a later date.

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We commend the Saints for their devotion and faithfulness, and are thankful for the blessings that will come to them through the construction of this new temple.

It is hard for me to imagine a more beautiful setting in all the world than the banks of the Amazon river. I can't wait to go back.

— Michael A. Cleverly

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