The clock is ticking…

Getting closer to leaving all the time (well, you would expect that under normal circumstances). It’s now less than a month until I leave. If you haven’t visited nauvoopageant.net, take a look. It’s fantastic to to hear about the experiences participants had last year. Theres also loads of pics and other information that you may find interesting. One of my favourite features I’ve found so far is an MP3 of an entire session of last years pagent. It’s great to listen to – you don’t really need a picture. The sound quality is great so you can hear everything; I would really recommend listening to it.

I drove to Manchester airport this morning to pick up some friends travelling over from America and thought: It’s my turn soon!

I’ll be back!

Matt

Payment Sorted!

I’m back! Again, I have little time. I have seminary in just over 6 hours so I need to get to sleep. Like the title of this post suggets, my payment has been sorted – I won’t go into detail though. At least I can stop thinking about it now. I spoke with our family friend in America this afternoon to finalize some arrangements for meeting up in St. Louis and seeing some sites before going to Nauvoo on the 19th. Everything seems to be going according to plan now. I’m also starting to get my ‘things to take to Nauvoo’ list sorted. I got the ‘Preach My Gospel’ handbook the other day.

That’s the news in brief for now. I’ll be back later.

Matt

Woo Hoo!

Good news! My pageant guidebook has arrived amongst other bits of information. I now know almost everything I need to. The one main question still remains: How do I pay?! We’re working on it though, just takes time. Now I have my informaion, I don’t know what to tell you. It’s all very interesting, everything has been sorted out to the finest detail.

Along with the guidebook, I’ve received a number of forms that need filling in – my next job. I’ll get them filled in as soon as I can and sent back to the appropriate places. I have already got my flights booked and my tickets have arrived. For those who are interested, I’ll be flying from Manchester to Chicago with British Midland International. I’ve been on one of their A330’s (an A330 is an Airbus A330 (an Airbus A330 is a large aircraft!)) and it was very nice and also very new. I hope it’s the same way after a few years. Airlines are usually very good at keeping them tidy. Another bonus is the fact that you get your own personal TV screen so you can choose what to watch and if you acutally want to see what’s ahead of/below the plane, you can check the cameras mounted on the outside of the plane. I can’t remember which airline I will be flying with for the internal flights but I’ll find out and let you know. If I can find some pictures of the A330 on the BMI website I’ll put them in the photos section.

Check out www.airliners.net for more pictures of it. I didn’t want to copy them off there as it specfically says not to! It’s easy to find them though, very easy search function.

I need to get going now! I’ll continue to keep you updated.

Matt Midgley

Introduction

Right, it’s about time I introduce myself as I’ll be getting started in not much over a month. My name is Matt Midgley, I’m 17 and I live near Leeds in England. Theres not much more you need to know. I applied to be on the technical crew after a family member noticed the announcement on the lds.org homepage.

It was very fortunate that the position was noticed when it was. The deadline for applications has already been extended and it was only two days be for the extended deadline was up. Before I go into further detail, I’ll explain why I wanted to apply in the first place. I’ve been interested in techincal things since I was very young. I have no idea how/why it started. We have photos of me with extension cords draped all over the place! I don’t know how interested you are in this so I’ll leave it at that for now.

My interest just seemed to grow as I got chances to mess around with radio equipent and computers. My main techincal interest at the moment is computers and networking. I used to want to be a camera man for film/tv because I liked the audio/video equiplent. I still have an interest in it – that’s why I decided to apply for the pageant. I saw that successful applicants would ‘handle all technical aspects of the pageant such as lighting and sound’. I have been to all sorts of producions and seen a the lighting rigs and switchboards and though ‘I’d really like a go at that’. Well, now the opportunity has come along.

The technical work isn’t the only reason I applied. After reading all the details I found out that it was very missionary orientated – things like a missinoary routine, regular scripture study and you get assigned a companion. As I’m planning to go on my mission in just over a year, I thought it would be great to get an idea at what it is like to be a full time missionary. It’ll give me a chance to see what it’s like to be away from home for such a long time aswell.

(I hope you can follow this! Theres bits and bobs of info everywhere! I’ll post more as time goes on)

Well, you’ve probably gathered that I’ve been accepted as I’m writing this blog. Hopefully I’ll be able to write a lot during the course of the pageant. I’m currently waiting for my crew guidebook which should be here any day. I should be able to post more info when I have that. One thing we are working on is how to pay for my accomodation. No-one from the UK has been on the work crew before so we don’t know how pay. Cheques won’t work because they’re in pounds sterling, credit/debit cards can’t be accepted at the moment, international money orders can’t be sent from the UK any more (because of their use in crime) and now we’re waiting to see if we can transfer the funds directly between bank accounts. We’ll see how it goes.

I’ll post more a bit later. I hope you can make sense of this first post!

By for now,
Matt Midgley