Thursday, September 29, 2011
Favorite stories on Elliot's blog
This post was really just a picture of Elliot and a friend from home, Justin Peacock, when they were serving in the MTC together. Justin is now on his mission in Mexico City.
8. Mormon Messages: "Book of Mormon: An Introduction"
We have posted numerous videos created by the Church and posted on the YouTube Mormon Channel. This was a video about the Book of Mormon, with a message from Elder Jeffrey Holland.
7. Elliot's new area: Wichita Falls, Texas
Elliot has been in Wichita Falls since late June, with Elder Andersen, Elder Jacobson, and Elder Lang. This post tells all about the city and includes one of my personal favorites of the entire blog -- a video clip from King of the Hill that depicts in hilarious fashion the fierce rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas.
6. Bats, space shuttles, and high school football
This was an odd little story about some unexpected consequences of the ongoing drought in Texas and Oklahoma. Apparently people are fascinated with the more than a million bats that live under a bridge in Austin!
5. Oklahoma City Museum of Art: "Passages"
"Passages" is an amazing display at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art all about the history of the Bible. The display will be open for just another couple of weeks, until October 16. Our story included some spectacular pictures of some of the items on display.
4. Tornado in Joplin, Missouri
In May of this year, a devastating tornado hit Joplin, about 250 miles from Purcell, Oklahoma, where Elliot was then stationed. There was a lot of tornado activity throughout the region at about the same time but, thankfully, none near Elliot.
3. Hallelujah Chorus: Flash Mobs and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Shortly before Christmas 2010, Elliot's sister Alyssa participated in a flash mob performance of the Hallelujah Chorus at a local mall. In the spirit of the season, we compiled a bunch of YouTube videos of other similar performances around the country, and that proved to be a popular attraction. Plus, how can you go wrong with a Peanuts cartoon and a video of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir?
2. Missionary service: The story of Sid Going
We never dreamed this would be such a popular story, probably because we're rather ignorant about rugby. We posted this because it was a great story about a young missionary, Sid Going, who chose to serve despite a tremendously promising professional rugby career. The punch line of the story is that, after his mission, he became one of the all-time greats of the sport. Our little story became a hit with rugby fans all over, including from Elder Going's home of New Zealand.
And finally, by a huge landslide, the most popular story so far on Elliot's blog is . . .
1. Tornado tales