My favorite parts?
- the guy that was thankful for macaroni & cheese
- the guy who was thankful for the days when the cab drivers don't yell at him
- when Elder Dallin H. Oaks starts singing a solo in the middle of General Conference
Oh, and when the man talks about how he still has his parents and they both still love each other after 36 years, and he is immediately followed by the woman who says that she's grateful to have celebrated one year of marriage to her husband? Well, considering the last two to three years of my life, that part of the video is pretty meaningful to me.
One more note of interest: I remember quite well the year that Elder Oaks gave this talk in General Conference. That particular year, we (at the opera company) were in the middle of building scenery and casting roles for our own production of Fiddler on the Roof, which was to open three months later. As a bit of a joke, my boss (Michael Ballam, who has had occasions to spend time with many of the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles) sent Elder Oaks a letter, congratulating him on his successful audition and inviting him to play the role of Tevya in our upcoming production. Surprisingly, Elder Oaks graciously declined, giving some some excuse about being too busy or something.
He turned down a plum role. Can you believe that?
Thanks for playing with me this week.