March 2, 2014
Dear Family and Friends,
Another busy week, even though we still have very few visitors. I take plenty of projects such as handwork to the sites. I also do some family history and indexing in the sites. I enjoy the time to study and visit with my companion.
Elder Campbell has plenty to do in Facilities Management. This week he worked on what is called the Hammer House. It is an old home that FM is redoing. He helped tear down a section of the old outside walls and put up new plywood. He helped tear down some of the old porch, put frames around some of the windows and put in new windows. He particularly enjoyed this week working with some of the young carpenter employees of the church.
Every evening this week was busy, too. Our “Rendezvous” show nights rotate. This month our shows are on Mondays and Thursdays. Tuesdays we have “Sunset by the Mississippi” practices. Before that practice I practice some fiddle tunes with Elders Taye and Ballard. Right after that we go to Susan Easton Black Durrant’s lecture. This time the lecture was on the building of Nauvoo in the 1840’s. She also gave us a little background on the rebuilding of Old Nauvoo, which began in the 1960’s. Wednesday we attended the temple with our cast. Friday and most of Saturday we stayed home, which was nice.
Today acting President Chynoweth announced that our new mission president’s health just will not allow him to fill the position, so he has been released from that calling. We are awaiting the decision of the Council of the Twelve as to who will then be our new mission president. President Chynoweth was tearful when he said, “This is a sacred place. I feel it every time I leave and come back.”
We carry on as a mission under former President Gilliland’s two counselors, President Chynoweth and President Jones. The zone leaders also carry their fair share of the mission responsibilities. Plans are now underway for a re-enactment of the first women’s Relief Society. It will be held upstairs in the Red Brick Store, as it was originally done. I’ll tell you more about that after the fact. There are also many new missionaries coming in March and April.
Our temple president bore his testimony in Sacrament meeting today. He told us, “Never a good deed you do will go unnoticed. You are a light of Christ.” This is very true. Because of the knowledge you have of Christ, your faith and example of righteous living can be seen by those you associate with. Of course, you don’t want to broadcast what good deeds you have done, but your Father in Heaven knows of them and will remember all of them. That is what matters. When you do good deeds something happens inside of you that draws you closer to Heavenly Father. This is true because you are helping Him care for His children. It also causes you to feel better about yourself and to forget your own problems. And finally, it gives you more strength and desire to do good deeds in the future.
I honestly love this mission and working for Heavenly Father in whatever capacity I am asked. I love working in the sites. I love telling people the stories about the early Saints who came here because of their faith in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I love working with the many wonderful missionaries serving here. I love this special time with Elder Campbell where we serve, study, and grow in the gospel together.
I hope you will all be able to come out here and see for yourself this wonderful place.
Elder and Sister Campbell
– Joseph and Hyrum Smith statue in front of the Nauvoo Temple (above).