December 1, 2013
Dear Family and Friends,
Today is a good day. After church and choir practice we hurried over to the brick yard to greet guests who are passing through this Sabbath Day. There are a few more people in town because of the Thanksgiving holiday. We had a nice Thanksgiving Day. One of our fellow missionaries, Sister Mayne, organized a wonderful meal for about 200 people. Everyone was assigned something to bring. The temple missionaries cooked the turkeys. Hams were also cooked.
The Thanksgiving banquet began with an opening song sung by the mission choir. Elder Mayne liked the song we did last week so well that he wanted to hear it again. So that led to our invitation to sing it on Thanksgiving Day. We had a wonderful dinner.
Afterward a young couple came up and talked to us. It was Autumn Bolingbroke Lindholm and her husband and 3 children. They were visiting his parents who are temple missionaries. She was a year older than Evelyn and played ball with her at Soda Springs High School. It was fun to visit with them.
This Thanksgiving time gives us the opportunity to reflect on things that we are most grateful for. Being on a mission definitely helps us to put that into perspective. Of course, there are many things I am thankful for. But being out here helps me realize that the things that really matter are faith in and love for Jesus Christ, faithfullness in living the commandments, and family and friends. Yes, you all are very important to us, and you are who we are thankful for! Everything that Heavenly Father has given us is wonderful. But these are the most important things to us.
We actually had two Thanksgiving dinners this week. The first one was on Wednesday at noon for all of the FM workers and employees and their families. The food was great and the company was good. Even better, I had been serving in FM (facilities management) that day and so was able to wear jeans for the dinner. Elder Campbell, too. 🙂
In Preach My Gospel this week we studied about the Book of Mormon and how it works hand and hand with the Bible. For example, the Bible states that we are “offspring of God,” (Acts 17:29) Similarily, in the Book of Mormon we read that “The Lord hath created the earth that it should be inhabited, and he hath created his children that they should possess it.” (1 Nephi 17:36)
Both books testify of Jesus Christ. “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” (John 20:31) The Book of Mormon likewise testifies of Christ. “Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye sahll receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another?…And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.” (2 Nephi 29:8)
We have been enjoying “Preach My Gospel.” It is a well-written book that helps us study in depth various gospel topics.
Sorry this letter is late. Even though I wrote this on Sunday, I have hardly had a chance to send it off. There is a lot going on this week, which I will tell you all about next Sunday.
We send our love,
Elder and Sister Campbell
– Elder and Sister at the Thanksgiving Banquet
– In front of the Visitors’ Center Christmas Tree (above)