November 17, 2013
Dear Family and Friends,
Elder Campbell and I are serving in the Cultural Hall this afternoon. I am able to write a letter while we are waiting for people to come in. We just showed the cultural hall to a couple. The husband was a brother to our dear friend, Mary Christensen of Soda Springs.
Yesterday I attended a community orchestra rehearsal for the Messiah. It was good to play the violin for a couple of hours. Then today in Sacrament meeting Sister Germer and I played a violin-viola duet with Sister Excell on the piano. We played an Anna Gray arrangement of “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Greif.” Everyone seems to have really enjoyed it.
Choir rehearsal went quite well, although I am a bit nervous about the performance next Sunday. We still have a couple of spots they are not quite secure on. I will have to figure out to take care of that. I have also been rehearsing with a couple of groups for our December 6 “Christmas Walk.” I will be playing violin with clarinet and piano for one event, and then playing guitar with harmonica and mandolin/recorder for another. The combinations are nice.
Elder Campbell helped tear out the inside of a house this week. There were three different roofs on it. They took all of them off and took down all of the inside walls but one. They are going to rebuild the inside. It will be a big project.
On Friday evening Elder Campbell took a pie-crust making class from Elder Bogaski. He made a beautiful pie. It tasted great, too! I attended the class for a little bit, too, and learned a few pie-making tips.
For district meeting tonight we had to write a paper on “Recognizing the Spirit.” The papers will all go to President Gilliland. We each picked one aspect of the Holy Ghost (see Preach My Gospel Pp. 96-97) to study, learn, and write about. Elder Campbell spent many afternoon hours studying. I studied much also. He says it was an interesting project. The chapter in Preach My Gospel on “Recognizing the Spirit” has many scriptures and other information to study. Elder Campbell also looked up a few talks by General Authorities on the subject. We both have a full-page paper and will discuss a portion of it with our district tonight.
Elder Campbell would like to share a portion of his paper with you:
In Acts 4:23-38 Peter and John were before the council. They were seeking spiritual gifts by praying. When they prayed the place around them was shaken and they were filled with the Holy Ghost. The Lord answered their prayers and they spoke with great boldness and power. “And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus; and great grace was upon them all.” (verse 33) These gifts come by prayer and faith, according to God’s will. I learn from this that I must pray in order to be able to have the Holy Ghost with me. By praying and doing what is right we may be blessed with gifts of the Spirit.
Gifts of the spirit are blessings or abilities that are given by the power of the Holy Ghost. God gives at least one of these gifts to every faithful member of the church. These gifts will strengthen and bless us individually and help us serve others. The scriptures teach of many gifts of the spirit. (See True to the Faith, p. 165.) These gifts “are special spiritual blessings that the Lord gives to worthy individuals for their own benefit and for their use in blessing others.” (PMG p. 91)
Elder Campbell says that even as Peter and John were blessed we can receive the same kind of spiritual help.
Well, that is all for this week. We love you all very much!
Elder and Sister Campbell
– Elder Campbell showing his work
– All others: posing at the Cultural Hall