In this episode, Emily Pulham answers my longtime questions of “What exactly do Temple Square missionaries do?! And What is that mission like??” Well she didn’t disappoint! Listen in as Emily Bateman Pulham shares stories from her life and mission.
At Temple Square each sister missionary displays their country flag under their name badge. Temple Square missionaries are international in every sense of the word.
If you’ve been to Temple Square, this may be one location you’ll regularly find them giving tours. Many special memories took place at the Christus statue.
Me and Sister Johnson (my trainer) at the Temple Square Christmas lights.
Me, Sister Nien (of Taiwan) and Sister Willis (of England, who was my companion at the time) after the 4th of July Celebration mentioned in the episode to give the missionaries an opportunity to relax and have fun.
Me and Sister Moreira (of Brazil) before heading to Temple Square for General Conference.
Me and Sister Chen (of Taiwan) reading over the comment cards we received from one of our “Motorcoach” tours. These are the types of tours where a bus would arrive and many people would unload and we’d take those interested on a tour. It was especially rewarding to visit with people from countries that don’t allow the church in their area yet. For many of these people it was their very first experience with a Christian God, and the church in general.
Me and Sister Andersen (of Nevada) in the Tabernacle at our final Music and the Spoken Word before going home.
“When I was 15 years old I was given my first MoTab CD, and as soon as I listened to it, I knew I had to join the choir. Being a member of the choir was a goal I had for a long time, while serving a mission was just something that happened to me along the way. While I served at Temple Square I would see and feel the effects of good music on the visitors, and I knew it played a huge role in bringing the spirit to our tours and conversations. I loved having the choir as an additional witness of the Savior! I was able to attend the Christmas concert with David Archuleta during my first Temple Square Christmas, and that was a really special experience for me. I loved it. So while my resolve to join the choir was strengthened on my mission, I had already decided long before that to audition for it.”
Becoming a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is a dream come true. Signing a poster after a performance the Wang Theater in Boston!
Emily with her husband Ryan. (By the way, he served in the Tijuana, Mexico mission, and I’m going to interview him when Emily returns from her European choir tour.)