This morning we went to the USO for our regular shift. We worked at the main desk for the beginning of the shift. We also stuffed, sealed, and put postage on 100 fund raising letters. We did some inventory for the Costco donations.
We decided to do some reconnaissance after the USO. We drove to the MCRD to find the restaurant where our event is tonight. We found another gate into the installation. It was graduation for some of the recruits. The restaurant was packed and there were families and marines walking around all over.
We drove back to the Naval Fleet Center and had lunch at Panda Express at the Food Court. We drove to the dry side of the base to see where the recreation center was for our event on Saturday. It was easy to find.
When we got home, Elder Fanning worked on the computer. Sister Fanning sat down to watch a show on TV and kept falling asleep. We changed into our most formal missionary attire and prepared to leave about 5:30.
We were invited to the Birthday Ball for the US Navy Chaplain Corps. The Ball was formal attire. It was at the Bayview Restaurant at the Marine Corp Recruit Depot. The chaplains were all dressed in their Dress Blues and Mess Blues. The ladies were all in formals. Elder and Sister Kapololu, Elder and Sister Nelson, and President and Sister Stubbs were there with us. We were able to meet one of the LDS Navy Chaplains and his wife that we had not met yet. We also reconnected with LDS Chaplain Hamilton and his wife. The Ball started with a Social Hour. We were able to visit with the other couples, President and Sister Stubbs, and some of the chaplains and their wives. After the Invocation, the San Diego Marine Band played the National Anthem. We had filet mignon, roasted potatoes and root vegetables, salad, and rolls. We had a great waitress. The meal was really good. A young Lieutenant sat at the table with us. He recognized our name. He had been referred to us to see about how to get LDS lay leaders endorsed. He is assigned to the USS Anchorage. So far he has not identified any LDS sailors, but wanted to be prepared. He and Elder Fanning had a long discussion over dinner; and he will contact us to give us a tour of his ship.
After the meal, they described the Fallen Comrade Table to honor those who had died in the service of their country. The Guest of Honor was Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben, the Chief of Chaplains of the Navy. She was visiting from Washington DC. There was a cake cutting. The Navy cuts cakes with a sword. Admiral Kibben cut the cake, presented it to the highest ranking non-commissioned officer, who then presented it to the newest chaplain there. It was fun to watch. The Marine Band also played the service hymns for the Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy. One of the Religious Program Specialist, a young female enlisted sailor, spoke about their history. Then Admiral Kibben spoke about the history of the Chaplain Corp, dating back to 1775. The program was closed with a Benediction and cake served to everyone. The Ball finished with dancing. By the time the dancing started, it was after 9:00. We took some pictures of the LDS contingent. As we were leaving, Admiral Kibben shook our hands and thanked us for all we do for the sailors. We left for home after the pictures and got home after 10:00.
We spent an hour winding down and went to bed late.
From left to right, Mission President and Sister Stubbs, us, Elder and Sister Kapololu, Elder and Sister Nelson at our table.
From left to right, us, Chaplain and Sister Williams, Elder and Sister Kapololu, President and Sister Stubbs, Elder and Sister Nelson, Chaplain and Sister Hamilton.