My three oldest children had a supremely elegant time at the Royal Academy of Zion’s Etiquette Simulation. The above picture shows my daughter, aka Virtue, on the left at the banquet with King Von and Queen Amy, on the right, who were the organizers of the whole shebang. I am so grateful to them for doing this beautiful wonderful event. This is their fourth year and it just gets better every year. The picture was taken at the banquet at the end of the day full of glorious speakers and a simulation, including a walk to the temple in American Fork. The girls were given roses at the temple and the boys got cards certifying that they are “real men.”
This temple holds memories for me, because it’s in the town where I went to high school, and it’s up the street from the hospital where I experienced my first natural childbirth and had my first daughter. We toured the open house for it when my two oldest were babies. Just last month my first baby entered it to receive his endowment. He is pictured below.
After the banquet the youth had a Royal Ball. I just love the setting with the pillars and lights. By this point they had all transported to a different building, the Stonegate Reception Center in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
I was hoping to get my own pictures but I didn’t get there until 10:25 PM because we went to visit my sister who is moving and I lost track of time. She is giving away some cool stuff to me, including an essential oils diffuser, and a wheelbarrow, which has been on my Vision Board for months. Anyway, by the time we got there to the event they were having the last song of the dance. I caught the one above of my son dancing with a friend, Amy’s daughter. Then all the young men serenaded the young women with a sweet song. I was sad that I didn’t see my daughter and my other son dancing so I could take their pictures. Most of these pictures come from Amy.
We finally left the event after gabbing with some friends and rounding up five youth and all their stuff. We had all the little kids with us because we had driven south to go to my nieces baptism and we currently have one car and I didn’t want to go home in between the baptism and picking up the youth. We drove through a snowstorm that reduced us to driving 40 mph so we didn’t get home until 1:30 AM or so. But it was worth it to see the smiles on these youth’s faces!
On Saturday morning, the youth got to hear some speakers. They met in an a reception center that used to be an LDS chapel in American Fork. I love the chandeliers and the heavy wooden chairs.
The whole event makes me think of the Narnia books. The four children who are the main characters, at least in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, become kings and queens of Narnia, symbolic of how each one of us, as children of God, can become Kings and Queens in heaven. I am reminded of the quote by C.S. Lewis:
“It may be possible for each to think too much of his own potential glory hereafter; it is hardly possible for him to think too often or too deeply about that of his neighbor. The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbor’s glory should be laid daily on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken. …
“It is in light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations — these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit. … Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.”
For you all you Narnia lovers, here’s a place where You can get all the Narnia books on audio for free. You can download onto your mp3 player and listen to these on car trips or around the house. I downloaded these over a year ago and I can see it’s time tor me to dust them off and play them for my little children. You could also make copies onto CDs and use as Christmas gifts. Hmmm..maybe this is what I will encourage my 11 year old with.
And here’s another goodieHere’s a great web site with podcasts full of commentary about C.S. Lewis
Back to the Etiquette Simulation…here are more pictures. I’m sure Miss Jane Austen and Mr. Lewis would approve.
After that weekend, it might be a let-down to come home to a drab house and regular life of schoolwork and chores. I like what Queen Amy wrote about that here.
It serves to remind me that we can find the godly, royalty-ness in everyday moments by always looking to God in our temptation and trials.
Thank you King Von and Queen Amy and all the behind-the-scenes helpers!
We can’t wait for next year!