September 29, 2013
Dear Family and Friends,
It was a good week. Dinner and district meeting at our district leader’s house was fun. We are getting better acquainted with everyone, which helps the enjoyment of it. We talked about what we learned from Elder Gay’s visit.
The next day was “An Evening with Elder Dallin H. Oaks.” The quartet did a beautiful job. I was pleased. Elder Oaks gave an excellent talk about the extraditions of Joseph Smith to many people, member and non-member, dignitaries and common people, alike. He talked about some ways of the day that were different from now. One example is that mob law was prevalent. In many instances during his talk he bore witness that Joseph Smith was truly a prophet of God, and that he did see God, the Father and His son, Jesus Christ, as he said he did.
We had our 4th and final mock lesson with the young sister missionaries. We were acting as an unmarried black couple who were investigating the church. The sisters are great teachers and really brought in the spirit every time they came to our home to teach, even though we were just acting. They helped me to understand the basic principles of the gospel more fully.
This week the young sisters are all going to their outbound experience for 6 months, and will come back here in the spring. Sister Gines is going to the Iowa Des Moines Mission. My cousin, Oren Anderson, has a daughter in that mission. I have never met her, but I told Sister Gines (and Sister Etherington, who is also going there) that if she meets her to take a picture with her and send it to me. For me that will be the next best thing to meeting her.
Elder Campbell worked this week at putting up a gate and trying to put posts into the granite-covered earth. He is getting somewhat of an idea about what the early Saints had to deal with. He also helped put in new steps and a new handrail and trim on the porch of a house.
Elder Campbell and I both have new “Rendezvous” parts. He had his part learned in one day, almost perfectly. I have been asked to be in a vocal duet, as the sister that does it, Sister Murdoch, is going home.
On Saturday Ed and Eunice Johnson stopped by to say hello. Their daughter, Miriam, her husband, and four children were with them to see some of Old Nauvoo. Miriam’s husband, Calvin Schmid, is from Nauvoo. His parents own the Fudge Factory here, and he worked for FM in the summers for a while. We enjoyed visiting with them.
Living the gospel brings great blessings into our lives. Serving a mission really speeds that up. I am learning more and more how much our Heavenly Father loves us and cares about us, and how he often blesses us in ways that we do not realize at the time. I know that by exercising faith in him our knowledge of him will grow, thereby increasing our faith.
We send our love,
Elder and Sister Campbell
– Missionaries teaching us in a mock lesson
– Ed and Eunice Johnson with daughter Miriam, husband Calvin, and their four children
– Sister Campbell with Sister Allred, who is heading for the Pocatello mission
-Sisters Campbell and Mendenhall (above)