July 14, 2013
Dear Family and Friends,
We had an extremely full week. Now that Pageant is here, a lot more people are here. This is what we have been gearing up for ever since we arrived four months ago. The sites are very busy. Our days are fuller because we want to attend the Pageant after a full day of sites and work—at least on the days that we don’t have two shows of “Rendezvous.” After our “Sunset” show we still have time to attend the Pageant.
Now let me tell you a little about Pageant. It is “awesomely fantabulous,” as I wrote in my journal last night. I also wrote, “If any of you need your testimony strengthened go to the Nauvoo Pageant. Everything about it, pertaining to, leading up to, and resulting from it is inspired of God.”
In it is an overview of the people who lived here, how they came here, why they left, and what they believed, (which is what we now believe). It is so tastefully and artistically done, fully entertaining with song and dance, laughter and tears. The main actors are hired. The Young Performing Missionaries are center and front for the dances, which is really cool, because they are so good, and especially because we know them. We see them and work with them almost every day. The Pageant really helps to strengthen my love for and my testimony of Joseph Smith the prophet.
Last Tuesday Ann Schulz and her daughter and son-in-law, Tara and Curtis, and their four children came over for dinner. We enjoyed their company for about an hour before we had to hurry off for our performance in “Rendezvous.” They were going to the Country Fair (an old-fashioned fair) and Pageant. It was very nice to visit with them. I was impressed with the older boys, ages 14 and 12, who were so helpful in getting the food on and then clearing off when we were through eating. It looked like they were all having an enjoyable Nauvoo visit.
Yesterday we attended the temple in the morning, served in the Family Living Center together in the afternoon, did “Sunset on the Mississippi,” at 7 p.m., and Pageant after that. It made for a long day, but Elder Campbell was happy because he learned how to weave at the Family Living Center, which was a man’s vocation back in the 1800’s.
This morning I had to be at the church at 7 a.m. for a practice for the musical number in sacrament meeting. We had six violins, a viola, a string bass, and a piano and played an arrangement of “Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning.” It did turn out quite nice.
Have a good week, all!
Elder and Sister Campbell
– Elder Campbell and Elder Stevens getting ready to weave on the loom.