Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Sweet like Molasses

As a home teacher, Elder’s Quorum president, and friend, I felt inspired to write a little happy birthday message to Chup for Courtney to post on her blog.

I met Chup when I worked at the LDS Motion Picture Studio for a summer way back when. He always seemed to be the kind of guy that would be cool to hang out with, but 1) I wasn’t sure I was cool enough to even approach the transpo guys 2) he was an actor, I was certainly NOT an actor as a lowly PA, and 3) he’s a big tough looking guy with a deep voice and a serious look most of the time.

Fast forward to a Sunday not so long ago when I see him in sacrament meeting. I still wasn’t sure 1) I was cool enough to approach him and his beautiful wife, 2) he was still an actor and I was certainly NOT, and 3) he’s a big tough looking guy with a deep voice and a serious look most of the time.

Now I’m his Elder’s Quorum President and Home Teacher, and 1, 2, and 3 are still mostly true. I do count Chup as a friend now, having actually worked on some serious video production with him recently, and having actually been allowed to bring my kids as well as some cookies to his house, even though the last batch were “too rich.” And for him allowing me to delve into his thought patterns a little bit.

My Home Teaching visit this week will hopefully see Chup giving the unconditional thumbs-up to my chocolate chip cookies. No oatmeal, I promise.

Hau’oli La Hanau Mr. Kendrick!

ALOHA,
-Thomas