Sunday, December 24, 2006

TGM at 80

I was in San Francisco in business recently and returned in time for my father's 80th birthday celebration. It took place beginning at The Belvedere in Salt Lake.

My mom had invited some of their old friends and wives for a surprise reception in the party room: Russell M. Nelson, Dallin H. Oaks, Dieter F. Uchtdorf, J. Richard Clarke, Chase Peterson, M. Russell Ballard, L. Tom Perry, and Richard G. Scott. Elder Nelson manned the piano for the group to sing "Happy Birthday" to my dad.

After the reception, we had family photos taken by Mark Philbrick, a catered family dinner, and went around the circle reciting something we had each memorized for the occasion. Our daughter Caroline sang. My niece Molly played the piano.

After dinner, we went to the Conference Center for the Christmas concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Orchestra at Temple Square, and the Norwegian singing star Sissel. It was a magical evening.


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