I am a professional oboist. I have had some pretty amazing musical experiences in my life. None of the experiences I have had have matched the venture I have had singing with the Calgary Temple Dedication Choir. I don't know why I was given the opportunity as opposed to someone else. I was humbled, honored, and excited when I got that amazing phone call after my audition in June. We had a lot of rehearsals and I grew to LOVE each member of that choir and my director has become one of the most amazing people I know in my life. Karen Baker has such a gift of bringing the spirit of the Holy Ghost to every rehearsal while teaching us how to sound our best.
Every time I sang I felt so close to my Heavenly Father. As the date for the dedication got closer I began to experience miracles. Almost every miracle or important experience that happened with Cameron happened the same day as a choir rehearsal. I felt honored to be able to walk into that choir practice and sing my praises to my God, who I know loves me.
Then came the dedication weekend!
Our final rehearsals inside the temple were amazing! I wish I had a larger vocabulary so that I could accurately write how it felt to rehearse in the celestial room with my friends. I teared up every time!
Then it was the day the temple of God was to be dedicated. I was so excited and scared all at the same time!!! I was about to sing for the prophet of God, Thomas S. Monson. I knew that where I would be standing I would be in his direct line of sight while I was singing. I wanted to sing praises to my Heavenly Father and I wanted to sing well for my prophet.
The dedication began and there are no words to express how wonderful it was. As I stood in that celestial room and sang I was overcome! I have never sung so well in my life and I know that I was surrounded my angels lifting their voices with mine. After the dedicatory prayer I sang the Hossanna Anthem and struggled to continue because of the love my Father in Heaven has for me and I for Him. I was not the only one in our choir who struggled to keep my voice steady as my emotions completely took over my body.
I will be eternally grateful for the experiences I had while rehearsing for this special day.
I will be eternally grateful for the experience I had to be in that Celestial room and sing for my God.
I know that this church is true, with all my mind body, and soul.