We had the honor of sharing Christmas Eve with Elder Garner and Elder Gray in 2009. We wanted to be able to give their families at home a gift, and so we recorded them singing the official Portland Oregon Mission Song (at least it was in 2009) so we families. They gave us the email addresses for several of their family members, and headed back to their apartment.
I spent several hours trying to get the video to load on blogger. It didn't work. So, I put up a picture of them, and emailed their families so they could at least see the picture on the blog, until I figured out how to get the video up. After going through a bunch of suggested ways to post the video, I finally gave up and made a YouTube account. I learned how to upload the video, and then how to post the video as an embed in the post.
It took a lot of time, but it was soooooo worth it! The families of Elder Garner and Elder Gray were exstatic to get to listen to their son/brother/uncle singing. I got an email, separate from the comments left on the blog, from the father of one of the elders. His sister had been missing him (the elder) a lot. Having the video to watch, and download on her ipod, gave her a lot of comfort and peace. The email, which came sometime in the middle of January, said that she would watch it anytime she was sad or lonely.
Elder Garner and Elder Gray singing The Portland Oregon Mission Song:
It seems to me that this is the best kind of Christmas gift. It cost very little, but it meant everything to the person/people who received it. So, I am sharing it with you. Enjoy the voices and spirits of two wonderful Elders. (If anyone knows where they are now, I would love to have an update!)