Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Sunday was the car show. They had over 450 classic cars. They have a lot of classic car shows in the midwest.
This was unbelievable. These cars and motorcycles are parked in back of our apartment in our parking lot. They had to drive down our drive way to get there. We were eating dinner along with 10 other missionaries. We were having our Parley Street break the fast dinner. We couldn't believe all at once a truck, 9 motorcycles and a car came down our drive was and parked. At least they parked in a neat row. Two more cars parked in our drive way.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Swiss Belle's from Midway Utah
Gaylene and Mom at Frederick G Williams Memorial
Tracy and John, Jesse, Holly Shannon and Mark
This has been a very full week. Pageant started this week and we are really busy in the temple as they are at the sights. We have more people in Nauvoo this year. I suspect that could be because gas is not so expensive $4.00 last year as compared to $2.35 this year. We love it. And the people who come love it. Pres. Hinckley said everyone should experience Nauvoo sometime in there life and I fully agree with thim.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
A spring day in Nauvoo
A Great Blue Heron about to take off. He looks drunk to me
This has been a fun week. We're getting a lot of rain and it has caused some flooding here. That isn't what was fun just thought you would like to know. Cultural Hall and Brigham's home got flooded. I guess over 3 inches following 3 inches just a couple of days prior can do that. We had a lake by the side of our house but it is gone now at least for the time being.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Gary in front of the round barn
Leah in the Iron and Lace shop
This is the guy with his arrowhead collection but his wood is beautiful
We had our first P-Day activity with the new missionaries. Our P-day is Wednesday and we have 10 couples. Six couples were able to join us and we had a good time. I planned this activity and now they want to know what I am going to do next. Ha! someone else can plan the next one. I am going to have a planning party and give them ideas. They think I'm the Cruise director. NOT. Anyway we went to Bentonsport, saw a demo on pottery making and blacksmithing at the Iron and Lace shop. She had just made an oven with pottery and we got to taste some of her bread she had made in it. Delicious I must say, enough so I bought an oven. Now I'm starting to worry how we're going to get everything home. Then we went to see the Indian Museum where I had arranged for the owner to be open so we could see all his indian artifacts (mostly arrowheads) and the beautiful wood inlay he makes to display it on. The wood is what I enjoy seeing and he is a very interesting guy. He rides his bike 20 miles every Sunday to go to his church then comes back and opens his museum. He raises his own fruits and veggies and fishes. Then we went to Bonaparte to Bonaparte's Retreat for lunch. They named the place after the song "Bonaparte's Retreat" that is a very old song. One of our new missionaries has the sheet music for it at home. She was very excited. They had the sheet music in a frame there. Then we went on a tour of the Wickfield Round Barn. It was built in 1918 and is 4 stories. What a place that would have been raising all our kids. It had 8 bedroom in it. It only had one shower and one toilet so that could have been a problem, but a great place to have parties and dances on the top floor. We finished up our day in Cantril where we went to the Dutchman Store. It is run by the Mennonite's and has everything from shoes, clothes, fabric, clocks, tools, plants, food (much of which is in bulk). It is a fun place to shop and you can pick up things you never find anyplace else. All in all we had a very good day.
Monday, April 27, 2009
This is us with our good friends the Littles in front of the Kirtland Temple
The tree outside our kitchen window was just beautiful before we left, and was in full bloom. The petals had started to fall but were all gone when we got home. We had a big storm on our way home and if anything was left on the tree the storm wiped it out. It would have been nice if the new people could have seen it but oh well. If they are asked to extend they can see it next year.
Example of how the pulpits were made for the Kirtland temple
A Life Changing Experience – Nauvoo
During the temple break we drove to Kirtland. We went on a tour of the temple which was really inspiring to walk through it and realize that Joseph and the other faithful saints had labored so diligently to build it and how the Lord accepted it. And to ponder the marvelous things which transpired in there and feel a part of that bit of history was most humbling. Then we toured the restored buildings (the Whitney store, the ashery and sawmill, the Johnson hotel, the Johnson farm in Hiram, etc.) and the missionaries told the histories associated with each. It was a wonderful trip. So what does that have to do with the title above? It’s all part of this wonderful experience we are having here in Nauvoo. There is such a peace and love that fills the air as you walk where sacred things have transpired. We feel that each day as we work in the temple and walk the streets here in Nauvoo. One of the missionaries commented to me one day that his 4000 sq ft home he left doesn’t have any meaning anymore. He has never been happier than he is now. We all have the same accomodations and furnishings (including the dishes). Those things that were so important at home are not anymore. The only thing that indicates worldly status here are the cars we brought with us and no one pays any attention to them (unless the break down). Everyone you see waves, or stops to talk, or gives you a warm embrace. We often comment that we are in a little mini Zion where the outside world is blocked out. Our biggest concern is how we are going to maintain this spirit when we return home. If anyone needs anything there are more that enough people who provide the needed help. We had a lesson Sunday on tithing and its relationship to the law of consecration. We saw the huge farm of John Johnson, which he deeded to the church for the poor saints who were pouring into the Kirtland area. Could I do that? But the Lord commanded them to care for the poor and the needy and that command is still with us today. Here in Nauvoo we feel that spirit. But living in the world as we do it is hard to not be caught up in worldly things. I have compiled a list of scriptures that relate to our responsibility to care for the poor and the needy. These are just a few: 2 Nep 9:30; Mosiah 4:26, 18:28; Alma 5:55, 34:28; Hel 4:11-12; Morm 8:37-39; D&C 13:15; 26:20; 27:30; 28:13; 34:28; 52:40; 56:16; 83:6; 104:10-18; 105:3-5. Why did the early attempts at living the law of consecration fail? See D&C 105:3-5. We must never lose sight of the fact that we are but stewards over the earthly blessings received. “For it is expedient that I, the Lord, should make every man accountable, as a steward over earthly blessings, which I have made and prepared for my creatures. I, the Lord, stretched out the heavens, and built the earth, my very handiwork; and all things therein are mine. And it is my purpose to provide for my saints, and all things are mine.” D&C 104:13-15. I long for the day when we will learn to love and care for one another as the Savior loves and cares for us. As the prophet Joseph said, “Shall we not go on in so great a cause”.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Relief Society Commemoration
Monday, March 9, 2009
The amazing Mississippi
Sunday, January 25, 2009
To celebrate our 50th anniversary the kids decided we should do something extra special. We decided a cruise would be just the thing. No meals to prepare, no beds to make, no cleaning, being waited on and best of all no decisions. Everyone was looking forward to laying in the sun and having a splendid time. We did have a splendid time but the sun was being very elusive. In fact we didn't see much of it. In Key West we did have sun, but we didn't see much more of it until we were almost home. On our last day at see we finally got some sun although it was cold. In spite of the weather we had a great time. How could you not when you have the best people in the world with you. We had all nine kids and spouses and 2 year old Jane. What's not to love. We enjoyed being together. Now since I don't know what I'm doing I'll try to get this together.