November 10, 2013
Dear Family and Friends,
This week was spent serving in various capacities. For most of the sites there is very little to do, because the volume of visitors is way down. But we always take plenty to do to keep ourselves busy. I am finishing up an afghan and I also take various things to study.
I served for Facilities Management twice this week, one day pulling out the flower beds at Lyon Drug and the other working in the back yard of Browning Gun Shop and home. We cut down plants and raked leaves. Elder Campbell hauled in all of the benches on the sidewalks, to put them away for winter, about four trailer-loads full. He also helped put the ceiling on the porch of a home. He helped split a load of wood at the saw mill for the Christmas Walk next month. He did some remodel work at some of the temple missionary housing.
Our Rendezvous director, Sister Germer, has had to fill in some gaps for people who have gone home. As a consequence, Elder Campbell and I have new places to stand and new little parts. It keeps changing. It keeps us alert!
On Thursday we invited Elder and Sister Taylor over for dinner as a thank you for their generosity in giving us a laptop. We had received a surprise package in the mail a couple of days earlier, a set of cook books from my sister, Mary. So I picked out some recipes from the Italian cook book to make Italian spaghetti and meat balls and an Italian salad. It all turned out delicious!
The Taylors told us about their call to be the Pageant Missionaries. They had just returned as missionaries in the New York Palmyra visitor’s center. They had gone back to Palmyra and went to the Sacred Grove to pray as a couple as to whether or not they should serve another mission right away. After the prayer they both felt that they should put in their papers again. An hour and one-half later they got a phone call from Salt Lake asking them if they would serve as the Nauvoo Pageant missionaries.
At our zone conference last Sunday President Gilliland spoke on temples—temples in our day and temples in every dispensation of time. He took us through scripture after scripture referencing the use of temples in each era, including that of Adam, Enoch, Abraham, Moses, and Christ. President Gilliland is definitely a scriptorian.
Speaking of scriptorians, Elder Campbell studied all week for an upcoming assignment made by President Gilliland. He assigned us each to write a one-page paper on recognizing the spirit. Elder Campbell has made a rather thorough study and has his paper pretty much written. Mine is still in the thinking stage.
We send our love to you all!
Dear Family and Friends,
Summer is quickly turning into winter around here. ;
I have been doing a lot of research to write a paper for President Gilliland. We have been studying chapter 4 in Preach My Gospel, Recognizing the Promptings of the Holy Spirit. We are to each pick an aspect of recognizing the spirit from pages 96-97. I picked “The Holy Ghost gives gifts of the spirit.” Some scriptures on gifts of the spirit are Moroni 10:8-17, D & C 46:8-26, and 1 Corinthians 12. In my study I’ve learned that you can most likely find gifts that you have received through your patriarchal blessing. It will state gifts that have been given to you from the Lord. I’ve found that studying the references in Preach My Gospel will help you prepare for a talk, if you need to.
President Hinckley said, “Every morning missionaries should get on their knees and plead with the Lord to loosen their tongues and speak through them to the blessing of those they will be teaching. If they will do this, a new light will come into their lives. There will be greater enthusiasm for the work. They will come to know that in a very real sense, they are servants of the Lord speaking in His behalf. They will find a different response from those they teach. As they do so by the Spirit, their investigators will respond under the influence of the same Spirit.” PMG, p. 94. This can apply to everyone, not just missionaries. You should all read Preach My Gospel from cover to cover.
– Fall colors at the Visitor’s Center (above)
– Gardens at Lyon Drug
– Monday’s crew at Lyon Drug
– Fall colors at the Visitor’s Center