I know you have all had to answer that question a time or two, "whom would you have dinner with, if you could have dinner with anyone in the world?" Sometimes you add the line, living or anyone whom has ever lived, but you get the point! I decided that leading up to General Conference, we would have a special guest to dinner every night. I also decided to go in reverse order--just to mix things up a little bit. Our first guest was none other than Neil L. Anderson himself! Josh calls me every night before he heads home from work and asks what we are having for dinner and if he needs to pick anything up. The first night of this, I simply told him that we were having a special guest for dinner. I told him that Neil L. Anderson would be joining us. He sat speechless. There is a family in our ward that is really good friends with him, and he has spoken at one of their son's "non"-farewells. He asked if I had called the Nixon's to get his phone number. I laughed and explained to him that it would be his picture on a chair.
But, that we would learn about him. Elder Anderson happened to serve a mission to France and he also served as a mission president in France so we had French toast for dinner (stretching it I know, but yummy nonetheless!) We learned that he has four kids like we do and that his wife is named Kathy. We learned that he went to BYU and Harvard. We also learned that he lived in Florida. My kids were very worried that he had been eaten by an alligator in Florida. We explained that he was still living, and was alive and well. :)
The next night we had D. Todd Christofferson for dinner. We learned so much about him. My favorite was that he had went to the Sacred Grove to pray about the church, and to gain a testimony of his own. He said that he prayed for an hour and nothing happened. A couple of weeks later he got a strong revelation that the church was true. He stated that through that experience, he knew that you didn't have to be somewhere special to gain a testimony, that God could answer your prayers even in your own bedroom! Also as a youth, his mother underwent surgery to treat her cancer. Although she survived and healed, simple daily tasks had become difficult for her. She loved homemade bread so Elder Christofferson had his grandmother teach him how to make it. He made bread on a regular basis until he left for college. So I made homemade bread and chili for dinner that night. We are only a couple of days into this, but I am loving it. I don't know if my children are getting ANYTHING out of it, but I am. I love having a special guest every night. I also thought about doing this with ancestors or historical figures. Something to spice up the dinner hour!