In a true spirit of celebration, the Ilford branch of the Church of Latter-Day Saints organised an afternoon party today, over this long Diamond Jubilee Weekend. There was a BBQ, with Sam serving sausages and hamburgers. A football open was in play, with kids and parents, Elders and everyone wishing to joining in. Lots of chairs had been laid out, and it was well attended, with about 70 people turning up. It was a true jamboree atmosphere, with flags and bunting. Some brought their Union Jack hats. It was a truely fun atmosphere for the congregation and casual visitors, Missionairies from Colarado, Utah and other states, as well as members from Ilford, Chandigarh, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Spain, Lithuania, etc.
It was Kaka's birthday, and we all sang him a Happy Birthday. He is from Pakistan, and has become a follower of Christ with dedication. He serves the church, and attends on various occassions. He is well-liked in this crowd.
The Afro-Caribean brothers and sisters were playing some music, and I went and boogied alone, and soon lots of people left their shyness and joined in. It was fun dancing to some Michael Jackson numbers. That Christ-like rockstar brought peoples hearts together....
Josie and Barbara took to the dance floor, and jived away. Their faces lit up with the spirit of celebration. Dancing with them made me too feel twenty years younger. Only twenty?
The Missionary Sisters were subtly dressed in blue, white and red, and had little electric fans
which when switched on said "ENGLAND". mAGIC!
Thanks to Bishop Onaolapo and his family, and President John Fowles and his family, it was a well-organised party, informal and fun to attend. A refreshing, perfect afternoon's entertainment.
Sister Stevenson took my photograph at East Grinstead Temple yesterday. Now it is on Facebook.
Now people can put a face to my name!