I was asked several months ago by my friend Karie Brown to come and speak about my trip to Ethiopia. She was in charge of putting on a dinner/fireside for the Single Adults in our Stake (30+ unmarried). I agreed. I went thru all of my photos and put together 50 or so that were representative of my trip. I was planning to use the church's projector connected to my Mac for the 'slideshow'. I had trouble getting it all to work, but after a desperate email to Brad and buying an adaptor, I was able to get it going.
So, tonite was the night-6:30 was the magic hour. I collected some things I got in Ethiopia to display and had my handy computer ready. John went with me (he didn't want some 30 something single guy making a pass at me haha). We got to the church early and Karie and another woman did a great job decorating. Karie told me that they were to expect 20 people, so they had 4 tables decorated with cute carved elephants. I set up the screen and computer. Shwew. It was all still working. I was ready.
6:25 arrived and so did Kathy Callister, a sweet widow from Karie's ward. 6:30. Hmm No one else has come yet. 6:35 a tall, skinny, white haired cowboy from Red Mesa arrives. We wait a few more minutes. No one. I guess we should pray and eat the sloppy joes. So we did. We ate, and visited, and just brought the bottles of soda right to our one table that we all sat at.
That's right- 2 people showed up to the dinner! We decided to make the best of it so we had seconds on dinner, then I got up to talk. They had a podium set up for me to talk to both people. Actually, there were 5 people (John, 2 RS women, and the 2 single adults). I went ahead and went through my pictures, telling stories and sharing experiences and lessons learned. I had a great experience and really felt the Spirit when I testified that the Lord is aware of us and will bless us when we try to do good in the world.
I think the cowboy wasn't super into it, but the women all said they really loved hearing about my experience. John said he thought it went great. I loved thinking about my wonderful friends in Ethiopia. Too bad there are only 2 Single Adults that showed for it!