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!
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
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