His Pay Is The Best

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April 28, 2013

Dear Family and Friends,

How are you all doing? Things are settling down for us. We are getting into a pretty good routine. The mission is gearing up for its busy season, which will be starting soon. This mission is so well organized that it functions like a well-oiled machine. Everyone has a part and/or responsibility to do to make things run smoothly. The sites are manned and maintained, the grounds are cared for in a timely manner, and the shows are rehearsed and presented for the many visitors who come here. The church meetings are also smoothly run, with a rotation of duties to be done in turn by all. The church is marvelously organized for its purpose, to help souls come unto Christ.

And that is our individual purpose, too. We are learning to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost in every aspect of our lives, so that we can be an instrument in helping to bring souls unto Christ. What better person to work for than our Heavenly Father? His pay is the best, too. You never can do more work than you get paid for, because you always get back an over abundance of blessings.

Elder Campbell continues to work on the restroom remodel project. There are about two weeks left on that. He also helped rake wet cement earlier in the week, which made his back sore. He’s feeling better now, though.

I continue to work in the various sites during the day. Newer missionaries will now be in the sites with us, so we will help to train them. I also worked in the Visitor’s Center for the first time this week, mostly answering phones. It was a good experience.

Each week we have two performances of “Rendezvous” and two “Sunset by the Mississippi” practices in the evenings. “Sunset” performances start May 24. Three casts perform the daily shows, giving everyone two nights a week off. Sunday nights we usually have a special event that we can attend if we like. Tonight the temple president, Spencer Condie, is going to speak to us. Last week we had dinner and a meeting at our district leader’s house.

On Tuesday after “Sunset” practice we went out for ice cream with three other couples. It was a nice change of pace. We were with Elder and Sister Ballard of Snowflake, Arizona, President and Sister Grygla (President Grygla is a counselor in the mission presidency) of Kanab, Utah (yes, they know Laura Bowler), and Elder and Sister Murdoch (brother to Robert Murdoch). They are all great people. In fact, everyone in the mission is very nice. And we are friends with everyone. It’s pretty awesome.

I’ve been practicing the violin, because I will be playing a fiddle number in “Sunset by the Mississippi.” Also, I will be accompanying Elder Ballard on the violin while he plays his harmonica. Elder Ballard is a connoisseur of harmonicas and has a whole case of them. They are of all sizes and shapes, one for every possible key. Sister Ballard is a vivacious and fun lady. It will be fun to get better acquainted with them. I should probably also try accompanying him with my guitar. However, I loaned it out temporarily to a young sister missionary, Sister Petroseck, (sp) for an event coming up. I should get it back soon. I served with her and three other young sister missionaries earlier this week. She is from India, but was adopted by an American family when she was a baby. She was here last summer and is an excellent trainer for her new companion.

Well, with spring coming you should all be very excited. We have had some very fine April showers. Things are finally greening up here!

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Drop us a line any time. We would love to hear from you!

Love,

Elder and Sister Campbell

Elder and Sister Campbell in period clothing (above)
Elder Campbell laying tiles
Sister Petriceck (Indian), Sister Munhoz (from Brazil), Sister Poss, and 2 new senior missionaries
New stage dresses for us new missionaries

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At the old Nauvoo burial grounds
Posing as giving her a prairie diamond in the 70’s Hall
Page showing that Hezekiah Thatcher, 3rd great grandfather of Elder Campbell, was a 70 in 1843.
Elder Campbell with said page

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PLACES TO STAY, THINGS TO DO IN OLD NAUVOO

AS OF APRIL 21, 2013

The website for historic Nauvoo is historicnauvoo.net. The website for the city of Nauvoo is beautifulnauvoo.com. Rendezvous, the show we are in, does require you to order tickets in advance if you come during peak season (especially during the Nauvoo Pageant July 9-August 3). Those peak season tickets are gone already for this year, so as soon as you know your dates for next year you should check for ticket availability. Check with us first, as I am sure you will want to see it when we are on stage. J

Places to stay:

We would love to have you stay with us when you come. However, we only have one bedroom and one bathroom, so you can decide what is best for you. We do have a hide-a-bed in our living room. If we move our furniture around there would be room for children to sleep on the floor. I understand that Facilities Management has bedding and mattresses available for our use. We do have bedding here for the hide-a-bed.

Other places to stay are:

​A home in Montrose, across the Mississippi. It takes 25 minutes to drive to Nauvoo. Check at http://www.nauview-house.com or call Lois and David McAllister at 309 453 3146.

​A house in Nauvoo for $75 per night. Call Don Fontain at 262 675 6791.
Nauvoo Log Cabins in Nauvoo.

Nauvoo Family Inn and Suites in Nauvoo has a swimming pool.

I am sure a search will come up with other options. For peak season they do fill up, though.
In your planning you will want several days here to take in as much as you can. And, of course, there is the beautiful Nauvoo Temple, which is closed for the last two weeks of April and the first two weeks in November, but open most other days.

Look back…and see what they [left behind]

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April 20, 2013

Dear Family and Friends,

This week has been fun! On Tuesday we went on stage before a live audience! All in all I think the new missionaries (including us) did a good job. There are three casts, and the 64 new missionaries are mixed in with the veterans. Elder Campbell had a pottery part and a kicker part. I had the part of Mrs. Hess on Tuesday with a few lines, and was a buggy rider both nights. We both sang all of the chorus numbers.

Yesterday Elder Camp from Salt Lake came. He is the executive director of the show. The veteran missionaries have been dreading his coming, as he has been rather hard on everyone in the past. But he wasn’t so bad this time. He told us of his vision for the show, “Rendezvous,” and the purpose of it. It is to help the audience catch the vision of what happened here and to feel the spirit of Nauvoo through our performance. Rendezvous is a fun show to be a part of.

Today was preparation day. We went on the wagon ride and the buggy ride. I had wanted to do it for some time, and we were finally able to. When we arrived at the wagon I saw a familiar face up in the wagon. I looked again and there were two familiar faces, that of Bart and Ruby Conlin, [of our home town]. They were in Nauvoo to visit her cousin, Sister Ballard, on their way to their mission in Palmyra, N.Y. So that was pretty fun.

This week I worked in a couple of places I hadn’t been before, the John Taylor home and the Land and Records office. There aren’t very many visitors this time of year, so in some of the places I got a bit of crocheting done while waiting for people to come. In the Land and Records office I was able to look up all of mine and Elder Campbell’s pioneer ancestors and get the record of where they lived when they were here. Next is the fun project of driving around to find those places where they all lived. We have that yet to do. Those of you who have been here have probably been to that office. Whenever you do come you should come with the names of all of your Nauvoo pioneer ancestors so that you can look them up yourself.

This week Elder Campbell worked on painting a sealer coat in the bathroom renovation project. He also did some tiling. The floor tiles look like wood. Elder Campbell worked on laying the wall tiles on Friday.

Today the wagon ride took us down the Trail of Hope. The guide told us to look back at the temple and see what they were leaving behind. All of the stories of the people that came here that I have been studying are becoming more and more real to me. The sacrifices they made and the faith they had have a big impact on me and who I am today. As Sister Bennett said, a Japanese lady I worked with this week, “Since I was five I have heard these stories about these people, about how they were converted to the church, how they came here with faith, and how they were driven from their homes. Now that I am here and hearing all of these stories I am realizing that it is real. Their stories really happened. Their sacrifices were real.”

In most of the evenings we have either “Sunset by the Mississippi” practices or “Rendezvous” performances now. We are learning to do a polka for “Sunset.” It is going to be fun, even though we have never done a polka before. I couldn’t believe it when Elder Campbell stayed on stage to learn it.

Yes, we are having a good time, even though it is hard. But it is by difficult things that the most growth will come. “And by small and simple things [which may be difficult for us] proceedeth that which is great.” Doctrine and Covenants 64:33. Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.

I am attaching a letter about places to stay and a website to go to that lists all of the events in Nauvoo.

Love,

Elder and Sister Campbell

P.S. I have included a few pictures for. One set of pictures is of a statue of Joseph and Hyrum on horseback, which Elder Campbell took. It depicts their ride as they set out to Carthage, looking at the city and temple for what they knew would be the last time in this life.

Statues of Joseph and Hyrum as they were leaving for Carthage

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John Taylor upstairs bedroom. The horse belonged to his son.
John Taylor’s bedroom. That tall object was his shaving stand, which he used in Salt Lake City
Elder Campbell and young hired worker laying floor tiles
Elder Campbell and Elder Gilespe painting a water-proof sealant on the walls

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Horse and carriage with missionary drivers
Elder and Sister Campbell in front of the horses

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Detour to Carthage

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April 14, 2013

Dear Family and Friends,

It was another busy week. Elder Campbell worked all week for Facilities Management on the restroom remodel. He worked on putting the flooring in. I worked in some pretty nice pioneer homes: Sarah Granger Kimball’s home was one. She was the lady who started the idea of a women’s society, which became Relief Society. I also worked in the Heber C. Kimball home, the Cultural Hall, and the Wilford Woodruff home. The story that comes to mind right now, was Wilford Woodruff’s prayer as he left Nauvoo. He asked the Lord to remember their sacrifice. And the restored townsite and beautiful temple are evidence that that prayer was answered.

Yesterday was our Preparation Day. We used it to the maximum, by starting out early to attend the temple. Then we drove to Cantril, Iowa, to find a black round-topped hat for Elder Campbell to wear in “Rendezvous.” We found one in an Amish store called Dutchman’s. It was an interesting store, with all kinds of things for sale, including old-time hats, suspenders, and boots. They also had groceries and a deli, everything packed into a rather small building. The women store clerks were all very young. They wore little white beanie hats. We bought sandwiches there, which were delicious. Elder Campbell said the sandwiches were worth the 1 hour and 15 minute drive one way.

On the way we had an interesting experience. I had put in the GPS directions to a cheese factory in Cantril. I was told that there was a small Amish store at a residence just outside of Cantril, and that if you found the cheese factory you would find the little store. (A different store than Dutchman’s.) I thought I had the correct address. But as the directions had us turn onto a gravel road, and then after 2 miles turn onto a dirt road, which became muddy and ruddy, we were both worried. Elder Campbell was looking for a good place to turn around. The road was getting more and more narrow. We drove down a little hill and came to a washed out bridge. Then the GPS said, “Your destination, on the left.” Nothing of any established civilization was visible to view.

Elder Campbell got turned around, and when we got back onto a reasonable road again I burst into laughter, which made him wonder if somehow I had planned that on purpose.

On the way home we took a detour to go into Carthage to view the jail where Joseph and Hyrum were martyred. To hear the stories of the things that happened there, and to be right there where it happened was inspiring. What valiant men they both were! To have had an entourage of men stay voluntarily with them, because they cared about them, and for Hyrum to stay beside his brother speak volumes of the kind of men they were. As an interesting side note, Joseph and some of the men would eat dinner with the jailer’s family, who were living in one part of the building. It is also interesting how the church was able to acquire the property and restore it to the way it was in 1844. The original door to the room where they were staying that fateful day is still there, with the gunshot hole through it.

Today after church Elder Campbell and I gave demonstrations in the Family Living Center. Quite a few people came in, which made it fun. We both felt a lot more confident in what we were saying, since we were in the same place two weeks ago.

One thing we really enjoy is the association we have with so many wonderful people, missionaries and visitors alike. As of this week we are put into casts for “Rendezvous” and we will be on stage twice a week. I am excited for that. I can’t say that Elder Campbell is excited, but he is learning the parts and I think he will enjoy it. He is a kicker for one song and has another little part. I have a small speaking part, and am looking forward to it. Plus we sing the songs with the cast.

We hope you all have a great week!

Love,

Elder and Sister Campbell


Terry and Kathleen Campbell

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2nd story window from which the prophet fell
Bullet hole in the door
Unloading wood from facilities managment truck
Sisters on the variety store

Hard at Work

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April 6, 2013

Happy Easter last Sunday! I hope you all had an enjoyable Easter, rejoicing in the resurrection of our Lord.

This week we were on a regular schedule in that our training is over. I worked in some of the site homes. Elder Campbell began working in the Facilities Management. Each day our assignments change. I worked in Scovil’s Bakery, the Brigham Young house, the Log School, the Lucy Mack Smith home, and lastly in the Post Office and Merryweather Dry Goods Store. I am assigned with another sister each time. Whenever groups come in we tell them a little bit about what happened there, depending on how much time they have. I looked online to see what pictures there are for you to look at. I found a utube video that is really good. It shows Carthage, too, but it does show some of the buildings that I serve in, towards the middle of the video. If you want to check it out it is found at http://www.squido.com/visitnauvoo.

Earlier this week Elder Campbell worked on laying the foundation for pouring concrete. Another day he helped stamp the concrete to look like brick. Yesterday Elder Campbell ran a big heavy roller machine, leveling out the land so that a new concessions area can be put in where the Nauvoo Pageant will be. There is a lot of construction going on, so Elder Campbell should have plenty to do. FM (Facilities Management) gave him a hat with a logo on it and a truck to drive. He wears a blue shirt to work with the same logo on it.

On Monday night the mission held a variety show. There were a wide range of talents given, from readings to a magic show, to vocal solos and duets to an elegant ballroom dance. I played an old English fiddle tune, “Plough Boy,” and was accompanied by Elder Fuellenbach on the guitar. The theater room was completely full, with standing room only. It was a nice show.

On Wednesday we watched a prairie burn. There is a city block area set aside just for prairie grass, and once a year they burn it to show what it might have been like to have a prairie fire. Quite terrifying, probably. As it was, the fire department kept it very much under control, even with a strong wind. One of the mission couples fed everyone roasted hot dogs and everything to go with it, as the fire burn was right in front of their house. The temple missionaries were also there. We met the Nauvoo Temple president and his wife, President and Sister Condie. He was very friendly, and came up to us to introduce himself. She had an accent. I guessed that it was a German accent, which was right.

Both Tuesday and Thursday evenings we attended a practice for “Rendezvous.” Soon we will be put into one of three casts. They are teaching us the staging, etc. They run the show nightly, and we are expected to attend it when there is room in the house.

Friday we attended our first monthly mission breakfast. It was potluck, so everyone brought something to share. There were about 200 people there, including missionaries and church employees. It was a time to recognize the new missionaries, all 64 of us, and say good-bye to the two couples who are leaving on Monday.

In case you can’t tell, they do keep us very busy. We have managed to get a few pictures taken. Maybe as time goes on we can do a better job of that.

We listened to General Conference, and enjoyed the talks. The message I would like to leave you with from conference is, “The world is changing but the laws of God do not. As we live righteously we will be happy and we will be blessed.”

Have a wonderful week, all!

Love,

Elder and Sister Campbell

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-Brick work at visitors center, Mississippi River in background
-Elder Campbell’s truck
-Back of house
-Sunset
-Wagon ride going past our house