February 2, 2014
Dear Family and Friends,
This has been a good week, even though it has been cold and snowy. Because of the snow we were able to go on a horse-drawn sleigh ride!
Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go.
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh ‘ore the white and drifted snow.
Over the river and through the woods, oh how the wind doth blow.
It stings our nose and bites our toes as over the ground we go.
We learned all about that yesterday first hand (but I was the Grandmother to whose house we were eventually going). It was fun!
This week Elder Campbell was preparing the floor and then laying tile in the Water House. It is a difficult and laborious job for such a young man as he.
One place I served this week was in Land and Records. I usually get there one day each week. This week I was fortunate enough to be able to work on the file of my ancestor, Luman Andros Shurtliff. When a file hasn’t been updated for six or more years, we pull them out to update them. Land and Records has quite a few newer resources which were not available when these files were last done. I feel very fortunate to be able to work on them. There is a lot written about Grandpa Shurtliff so it will take me a couple more weeks to finish the update. It is interesting work.
Reading about Grandpa Shurtliff, I found a record of his first wife dying in 1845 in Nauvoo. Mother had told me about her, and that she was buried on his property. But I didn’t remember her saying that she died on the day that a baby daughter was born, who also died with her. What difficult things these people had to go through! It would have been heart wrenching! My ancestor is her sister, Altamira Gaylord, whom he married not long after.
This week we were able to attend two of Susan Easton Black Durrant’s lectures. She is doing a lecture about the early Saints every Tuesday and Thursday. She is the church’s foremost historian and authority on the early Saints. On Thursday she talked about the bank failure in Kirtland, Ohio, and how so many of the church leaders at that time fell away. They became bitter enemies to Joseph Smith and the church. At the end of the lecture she reminded us that the main body of Saints remained stalwart and faithful. She then asked us who had ancestors who were among those faithful Saints who followed Joseph Smith to Missouri to escape the angry apostate-driven mob. My hand went up. I had several, but the one on my mind was Luman Andros Shurtliff, so I called out his name. Then she told the congregation about him, how he worked on the temple, and then went to the Red Brick Store and received a ham in payment. He said that the ham was the best pay he could receive. I was impressed that she knew something special about him, and also proud that it was my ancestor she chose to talk about.
Friday evening I took a cinnamon roll making class from our baker missionary, Elder Bogaski. He taught us some tricks to making the rolls thick and moist. It was a good class. Elder Campbell went, but sat and read his book while he waited.
We are both studying hard for the lessons we teach in Priesthood and Relief Society next week. That will be where we spend any spare time.
Have a great week, everyone!
Elder and Sister Campbell
– Sleigh ride
– Posing as cinnamon rolls rise under plastic (to keep them moist)
– Showing off the flaky biscuits (baking instructor on right)
– Horses in action
– Elder and Sister Campbell on the sleigh
– Sister Campbell in front of sleigh
– Elder Campbell in front of sleigh