So, the plan was to be at the 1:30 session I had the appointment for. I wanted to get some initiatories done for the 17 names I had reserved (the boys). I wasn’t sure how this all might work, so I got there a little over an hour early. I got the cards printed out and checked, and asked at the office about initiatories. They told me to talk to someone in the locker room. So I asked at the locker room, and got some confused looks.
Turns out that, after being open for a whole week, they don’t have everything figured out yet. It’s like they’re learning or something. Lots of guys in white jackets holding laminated cards and looking, well, confused. And others wandering around, either wondering where they’re supposed to be or where the guy is who’s supposed to be where they are. Confused High Priests can be really cute, actually. So, after surfing the learning curve for a while, I learned some stuff, like:
- You can do initiatories with two people, but it’s better with three, and they need to be at least minimally trained.
- Korean people may have written genealogies that go back for dozens of generations, but don’t name any female ancestors (I guess the work is done for Mrs. 63rd Great-Grandpa, etc.).
- Korean people don’t talk to people using their names. They call them “Auntie” or “Uncle”.
- The Book of Mormon in Korean was recently re-translated (a couple of years ago) to be “more like English.”
- The process of doing initiatories has changed a lot in recent years.
- In small temples, like this, ordinance workers need to be ready to do a lot of different jobs, sometimes without much notice.
- This makes for an extended learning curve, since you don’t get to do just one thing long enough to learn it well.
- There is no way to have your hair look okay after eighteen initiatories.
- I think we have the William Shatner of Satans. Scenery was seriously chewed. Just sayin’.
I got into the 1:30 session without a problem. Before that, I had a lot of waiting, and decided to sign up for the 4:30 session and the 7:40 session (I had friends I knew would be in the 7:40 session, and it would be cool to be in it with them). After the 1:30, I found enough people to get the initiatories started. I had 17 to do, and they had one left to do on a page, so I did that one first and then we got through 14 of mine before the other guys had to go do something else. So I headed out and got something to eat.
When I got back, one of the guys was at the recommend desk, so I let him know that one of the names was my great-great-grandfather, Arthur C. McCoy, who was one of the founding members of the James-Younger Gang. Then, I stopped by the office and picked up my cards (already recorded — they’re very good), and headed up to find that the group was ready to do my last three names. I finished that in time to get ready to meet up with my friends before the 7:40 session. I got to take my grandfather’s name for that session — the first family name I’ve been able to do an endowment for in a very long time. I’m pretty sure it was done before — he was sealed to my grandmother in 1976 — but it was still a nice touch. One of my favorite people was there, helping with the session, and I got a big hug and a chance to talk to her in the lobby on my way out. Her husband helped me during the session, and that was cool too.
I had no difficulty getting into any of the sessions yesterday. The 7:40 was by far the fullest, and we still had five empty seats on the guy’s side (a few on the girl’s side too). Tuesday day-times seem to be very, very open, at the very least.
So I spent pretty much the whole day in the temple. I learned a bunch of stuff. I think I’ll go back next Tuesday, after my Nexus interview. At this rate. those 17 names aren’t going to last very long (16 now).