Love God First

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April 6, 2014

Dear Family and Friends,

This week we had our annual talent show. I played a medley of fiddle tunes in a trio. We did a good job, as did everyone else. There is a lot of talent among the missionaries here. The directors of “Sunset” have to narrow it down from 24 entries to 12, so we’ll see who gets to do specialty numbers in the “Sunset” show this summer. I am already playing a fiddle part for a song the sister missionaries will be singing. It is so fast that I have to work hard to get it down. Also, Elder Campbell and I are reviewing the Clarinet Polka dance. All for “Sunset on the Mississippi.” It is fun.

I served with a new sister here, Sister Bowden, on Wednesday. We discovered that we both have daughters living in Hobbs, New Mexico. I gave Evelyn Sister Bowden’s daughter’s phone number so that she can get in touch with her. On Thursday I served with another new missionary, Sister Harwood. She is a cousin to Rodger Sorensen. We were also serving with Sister Beard, who was here last summer and came back. They are from Tetonia. Actually, both the Harwoods and the Beards are from Tetonia, Idaho. We have a lot of wonderful new missionaries who recently arrived.

Our new mission president, President Gibbons and his wife, are here now. They are from Dallas, Texas. They spoke to us briefly at a mission breakfast. We will hear more from them tonight. He is a former member of the 2nd Quorum of Seventy. We are looking forward to their leadership, even though President Chynoweth has done a great job as acting president.

Right now we are serving in the Heber C. Kimball home. We listened to General Conference between visitors. There have been some excellent talks. It is hard to choose a favorite, they are all so good. Elder Uchtdorf talked about being grateful for all the good things we have in life, and not dwelling on the difficulties. He admonished us to let our hearts be full of thanks. President Monson talked about love, the most important thing. If we love God first, the love of mankind will follow… You’ll never regret a kind deed done… Charity is the pure love of Christ. It will be well for the man who is found possessed of it at the last day… Careless words destroy ones’ confidence. Forgiveness heals… The recipient of your kind words may remember them forever… As we try to understand the incomparable gift our Savior gave us we will love Him more.

Elder Campbell liked the talk by Linda S. Reeves of the Relief Society General Presidency. She talked about protecting your family from the ugly blight of pornography. She testified of the importance of daily family scripture reading and family prayer and weekly family home evening. He also like the talk by Elder Oaks in the Priesthood session, who talked about the role and responsibilities of women in the church through the Priesthood.

Elder Bednar reminded us that today is the actual birthday of our Savior. Elder Chistopherson reminded us that Mary, a woman, was the first to see the resurrected Lord.

There was so much wonderful counsel given, but those are a few of the highlights. We send our love,

Elder and Sister Campbell

– in the Heber C. Kimball home

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