Tuesday, May 31, 2011

School's. Out. For. Summer.

Christ is Risen!

Many apologies for the very long delay in posting. It has been a very busy semester. So much has happened over the past few months and weeks that it would take a while to catch up. To make things short, I'm rather sad that the school year has finally come to an end, and am looking forward to the next installment of seminary life.

Last Sunday, we had our graduation. This year's graduating class was quite large for Jordanville: seven in all received the medallions proudly showing their status as having successfully run the gauntlet of seminary life. Quite a few more also received recognition for their academic efforts.

The real fun, however, came in the evening, at a party hosted by one of the graduates. The centerpiece was a roasting lamb, freshly killed by the man himself.

“It's winking at me,” said somebody looking at the spit.

A good time was had by all, but at the dawning of the day, I realized that I would be spending a long, hot, and lonely two weeks in the dormitory: many had already high-tailed it out of town.

Right now, I'm writing in one of the only places on site that has internet access: the attic computer lab. The unique properties of this drafty attic make it impossible to heat in the Winter or cool in the Summer, making it an additional test of endurance for seminarians who want to Skype their girlfriends. I recommend bringing a space heater and a portable fan for the former and latter cases.

But the heat and humidity are yet foretastes for my upcoming Summer plans. Yes, I am returning to Hawaii for a good portion (seven weeks) of my vacation. Afterwards, I will be in San Francisco, before briefly coming back to Jordanville before the last leg of my travels: the Holy Land.