I am overwhelmed. I just received notice that I am one of 20 to receive the Award of Merit in the International Art Competition. We'll be flying out to Utah for the award ceremony and the opening of the competition exhibit. I never in my wildest dreams imagined I would get this far in this competition. I'm so new at this whole thing, and I feel incredibly blessed. That the chest, which is so personal to me and my family, is recognized this way, makes it all the more remarkable.
I just received word that my temple chest has been selected from 1156 entries to be included in the exhibit in the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City from March 16 - to October 14. I hope everyone who lives within a reasonable distance will go to see it, and you can even vote for me! I'll find out about winning a possible award on March 16, and possibly being published in the Ensign magazine and Church news later, but just being accepted into the exhibit is thrilling beyond belief! By the way, I never gave Sarah Strobel the photography credit for taking the beautiful pictures. Thanks, Sarah.