Directing a Choir of Angels

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April 27, 2014

Dear Family and Friends,

How is everyone doing? We hope well. We would love you to email us any time. We love pictures, too!

This week Elder Campbell and several other elders finished putting siding on the Hamma House. It looks quite nice. He also has been studying his new part in “Rendezvous” as Noah. He has a lot of lines. We will start doing that part in another week. It should be fun!

I served with young sister missionaries three times this week: Sisters Searle, Newell, Munro, and Maile. Sister Maile is Tongan, her family living in California now. The young sisters are very good at giving tours and at sharing tours with their companions. We senior missionaries have a harder time sharing the tour. Part of the reason is that we are with a new companion almost every day. As a site leader it is my responsibility to train the sisters that I am working with. I work with them to share a tour and give the tour properly. For example, we are supposed to give just what is in our tour outline, and to not add a lot of detail. It is important to keep the tours short and concise. We want to leave plenty of time to testify of a certain principle and for the spirit to bear witness of that principle. Also, the guests have other places to see while they are here, so we cannot hold them too long. It takes a lot of practice and study to do a tour well.

Concerning the mission choir, I am still getting comments wherever I go about how wonderful they sounded last week. It was a great experience for everyone, and a rewarding and successful season. Here is the email I sent out to the choir members this week.

Dear Marvelously Magnificent Mission Choir,

It has been a great pleasure and honor serving as your director. You are a group of true and dedicated musician missionaries. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us, and for taking the time out of your extremely packed schedules to come to the practices. Your musical skills, diligence, worthiness, and willingness all came together to make it possible to produce a heavenly sound. It has been a goal of mine to direct a choir of angels. I didn’t realize it would come while I am still alive. Your sound was so heavenly that I do believe angels were assisting us. I am still hearing about it as to how wonderful you all sounded!

Thank you all for being a part of such a spiritual musical experience.

Love,

Sister Campbell

Yesterday we went to Keokuk with Elder and Sister Gillespie for the Civil War Reenactment. Two major Civil War battles took place there, and they hold a special event every year. It was fun to walk around the park and visit, and to be there for the “battle” with cannons firing, soldiers marching, and cavalry parading. Abe Lincoln gave an public address. There were booths, a pan throwing contest for women, and a magic show by Professor Farquar. All fun!

When we got home there was a message from Jolene Hoge. Jolene and Steve are here for a short visit. We visited with them last night, and today we went to some of the sites with them, including a trip to Carthage. They are going to our district meeting with us tonight. We are looking forward to it!

Right now we are in the middle of a huge rain and thunder storm. There is a tornado warning in some outlying areas, but not to worry about us. We are just fine.

Well, gotta go. I am taking Grandma Lambourne’s Spaghetti Sauce to the dinner meeting. I hope everyone likes the spicy version.

Love to you all,

Elder and Sister Campbell

P.S. The sauce was a hit; there was very little left over!

– Elder Campbell with Elder Gillespie siding the Hamma House in a manbasket
– Elder and Sister Campbell at the Civil War Reenactment celebration (above)
– Elder Campbell listening to a band concert
– Civil War soldiers
– The cavalry
– Jolene and Steve Hoge at Carthage

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