The Sabbath Day

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May 25, 2014

Dear Family and Friends,

Greetings from Nauvoo, Illinois! The weather has warmed up. We have had some beautiful balmy days here. More visitors than usual have come this week-end because of Memorial Day. Our summer shows have opened and we are getting into full swing! This is an exciting time to be in Nauvoo!

People that come here feel the spirit of Old Nauvoo. They feel the exuberance of the missionaries, they hear the stories of the early Saints, and feel the quiet whisperings of the spirit that the message of the restored gospel is true.

One night after Rendezvous we drove down to the river at the end of Parley Street to view the sunset. As we stepped out of the car a lady came up to me and said, “You are from Soda Springs.” The 3C plate was a dead giveaway. She was from Soda Springs as a child, and her mother, Norene Munro, is now of Bancroft, Idaho. We had lot of friends in common, which was pretty fun. We ran into them a couple more times before they went home.

Our “Sunset by the Mississippi” show opens tomorrow night. I have memorized the fun fiddle part Elder Germer wrote for one number. It wouldn’t be so difficult if the band director didn’t take it so fast. (It is interesting to know that the band director is Elder Braig from Aunt Jean and Uncle Dennis’s ward in St. Anthony, and his wife is a sister to Carolyn Young of Soda Springs.)

In Sacrament meeting today the talks were on honoring the Sabbath Day. The speaker said that we keep the Sabbath Day holy to 1) recharge our physical bodies, 2) regenerate our spiritual needs, and 3) honor His day. The observance of the Sabbath Day is a measure of our love for Him.

I believe that is true. We are promised blessings from Heaven when we keep the Sabbath Day Holy. I feel closer to Heavenly Father when I do so, which is a blessing in and of itself. Keeping the Sabbath Day also fortifies us against the temptations of the evil one, another important blessing.

In Priesthood and Relief Society we studied about revelation. Elder Campbell would like to add a quote by President Thomas S. Monson on personal inspiration.

We have been provided divine attributes to guide our journey. We enter mortality not to float with the moving currents of life, but with the power to think, to reason, and to achieve. We left our heavenly home and came to earth in the purity and innocence of childhood.

Our Heavenly Father did not launch us on our eternal voyage without providing the means whereby we could receive from Him guidance to ensure our safe return. Yes, I speak of prayer. I speak, too, of the whisperings from that still, small voice within each of us; and I do not overlook the holy scriptures, written by mariners who successfully sailed the seas we too must cross.

From my own experience, I know that we are each entitled to revelation for our own personal lives.

Have a wonderful week, everyone! We love you, and thank you for sending us letters and pictures!

Love,

Elder and Sister Campbell

Servant Leadership

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May 18, 2014

Dear Family and Friends,

How are you all doing? It was good to hear from some of you. Keep sending us newsy letters. We love to hear the news of loved ones and home!

We are so-o-o-o busy here. There is never much spare time, at all. For Sacrament Meeting today I organized a lady’s ensemble for a special musical number. I used sisters of my cast to make it easier to get together. So for two weeks we have been fitting in little practices whenever we could. This morning all twelve of us arrived at 7:15 a.m. to warm-up and practice in the chapel. By 7:30 the place was starting to fill up, as it always does, for the 8 a.m. meeting. We sang the women’s arrangement of “How Gentle God’s Commands.” They sang together beautifully. It was nice to do, and also nice to have it over to relax a bit (but only for a moment).

Today we are serving in the Tin Shop for 2 ½ hours. Then we will hurry back home to get ready for our district meeting. And guess what? We were called to be the new district leaders of the John Taylor district. (That is one reason why we can only rest for a moment.) It is a bit of added responsibility, but it will be fun.

That reminds me of what President Jensen said after it was announced that he was to be the new counselor in the mission presidency. He said he needs to get over being a leader, and remember that the Lord called Joseph Smith and others, “My servants.” Jesus Christ himself was the servant of all. Every act He did was an act of service in helping others, lifting others, and healing the sick. His final act was that of sacrificing His life so that we all might live again after death. President Jensen said he needed to get over being a leader and learn to be a servant.

That is exactly what it will be as district leader. Everyone else is at least as qualified, or more so than us. We will be their servant, and do whatsoever is asked or required of us. (See Doctrine and Covenants 12:8.)

We have been rehearsing for “Sunset by the Mississippi.” The show is going to be even better than last year. The elders have their own number this year, which will be very cute. If you want to see Elder Campbell sing on the stage you will have to come! And he has the rhythm down wonderfully for his part in “Rendezvous” as Noah!

Me? I do the same, but that is not so remarkable, since I have been singing all my life. I also get to play a fiddle part for the sister’s number. The music is really fast. Elder Germer wrote the accompaniment for a band and a fiddle. I am hoping they will slow it down a bit. Whew!

I would like to close with a few thoughts from our Sacrament Meeting today. The final speaker of the meeting quoted Elder Jeffrey R. Holland saying that if we are obedient to the principles of the gospel, everything else will fall into place. The Savior was perfectly obedient in all things. Cannot we strive to do so, as well?

He closed by saying (speaking of his daughter who recently completed a marathon), “Winning in a race doesn’t matter, but enduring to the end does.

Just do it!”

I close by saying that right now Grant and Jylisha are at the hospital awaiting the arrival of child number five. We are prayerfully waiting in anticipation of the news.

Love,

Elder and Sister Campbell

p.s. Little Maddox Terrell was born this afternoon, a healthy 8 lb 12 oz baby boy!

– Serving at the Stoddard Tin Shop

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Repost from May 12, 2013

I’m taking the liberty to repost an entry from last Mother’s Day just after posting this weeks entry. –Paul

Dear Family and Friends,

Happy Mother’s Day, all mothers! I hope you are having a wonderful day! It has been a very nice day here in Nauvoo. The sun is shining and there is a balmy breeze. I will share with you my Mother’s Day poem, which I wrote into a song some years ago.

A Mother’s Legacy

She lulled the baby and kissed the hurt,
Baked all the bread, and pressed the shirt,
Sewed little dresses, everyone,
Nurtured the sick, worked in the sun.
She turned to Him in time of need.
“God, bless this child!” I heard her plead!

Now I sing my own babes to sleep,
Though laundry piles and dust get so deep.
Each day seems shorter than before,
Someone is teasing, milk’s on the floor.
Problems are solved on bended knee,
All for the faith that she bequest me.

Such is the legacy my mother gave me. That legacy of faith was the substance that got me through many difficult times, that helped me with my lofty ambitions, and that served as a springboard to get us all the way out here in the Midwest on a mission. Such is the faith of my mother of rich pioneer heritage.
Thank you, Mom!
Thank you, Grandma Mary Lou, too, for all of the faith that you instilled into your son, which has much to do with him being willing to serve another mission, and for him being the wonderful man that he is today!
Happy Mother’s Day to both of you, and to all of you wonderful mothers. You are all great examples to me.
This week has been a little slow for me, as I caught the bug that Elder Campbell was struggling with last week. I actually didn’t go work at any of the sites this week, but stayed home most of the time and slept. By Friday, Elder Campbell’s birthday, I was feeling a lot better. We went out to dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Hamilton called El Camino Real. It had pretty good food. Saturday we didn’t do much, either. We did do our show on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. We also did our “Sunset” practice on Thursday evening.
Elder Campbell finished the restroom project with his work crew on Friday. He finished tiling and grouting and hauling garbage off to the dump. The floor was made to look like an old barn floor. The only thing left is the stalls and the fixtures, but Elder Campbell will be on to a new project on Monday.
In Sunday School class today the teacher, our Brazilian Elder Munjos, stood up to teach the huge class. He said that this was probably the largest class he had taught. The people he was teaching were the most qualified people than any group he had had. But he wanted the real teacher to teach the class, that teacher being the Holy Ghost. Then he presented a lesson on the Law of Tithing. He drew examples out of the class members and from the lesson manual.
We learned that tithing is a law that was for a period in the early days of the church, largely ignored. When President Lorenzo Snow became the prophet he promised the Saints many blessings for paying their tithing. One blessing was the moisture that the whole area so badly needed. Another was a blessing of prosperity not only for the individual members, but for the church as a whole. All of these blessings came to pass, after a severe trial of the faith of the Saints.
Elder Campbell and I continue to pay our tithing. It is a law that has been a continual blessing as we have lived it throughout our married lives.
We trust that you are all well! I will write more next week. I just found out that I will be playing a violin, viola, piano trio in Sacrament meeting in June. We will have to start practicing together.
Love,
Elder and Sister Campbell

The Teamster

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May 11, 2014

This was quite an amazing week! It started with a wonderful zone conference. President Gibbons told us that the way to grow a testimony is through faith and living righteous principles. He said that even though we missed a granddaughter’s baptism it was better for her that we were here. That really hit home to me because we missed two granddaughters’ baptisms, Hailee’s and Allivia’s. It is a sacrifice. But they are sweet words and I know he is right.

He talked about the miracles of how temples around the world came to be. He told about problems in acquiring approval for various temples or getting land. One by one God has taken care of those problems. President Gibbons ended with the statement that the best thing about our religion is that it is all true.

During the week Elder Campbell was back at the Water House preparing the outside to put on siding. I served one day on an early shift, allowing time to get home to fix dinner and invite Elder and Sister Taye to join us. Sister Taye is now our Rendezvous director. It seems to me that she has very little time to cook or have a nice meal at home, so I thought it would be nice to have them over for dinner. We had an enjoyable visit before we all had to head off for two shows of Rendezvous.

The next day I had a great missionary experience. The mission president and his wife came in to the Cultural Hall for a tour. It was the Young Sister Missionaries’ turn to give it, which they did. Then they all went upstairs to see the 2nd and 3rd floors. I stayed down in case another tour came, which it did.

A couple from Florida and their Nauvoo friend came in. They had wanted to visit Nauvoo for some time. I thought they were members until we got to the 3rd floor and I noticed the cross she was wearing. He started asking questions about Masons, about polygamy, about how you know if the Book of Mormon is true, the nature of God, and how do you know if your answer is from God or from some other source?

I did my best to answer the questions. Finally, I suggested they have some representatives from our church come visit them, and they said they already were. They had toured the temple open house in Florida and wanted to know more. They will have missionaries come to their new home in Washington State once they get settled there. They were both totally interested. They gave me their email address so that we can stay in touch. I told them that if their name gets lost and no missionaries come I will send some more. They were happy about that, which is exciting!

Yesterday was Elder Campbell’s birthday. He had a fun day because he was a teamster for the day! He went with the horses and wagons to a campsite eleven miles south of here, and rode into Nauvoo on ahorse-drawn wagon. The community of Nauvoo was commemorating the day the Saints came from Quincey, Illinois, which was May 9, 1839. People could walk alongside the wagons or ride into Nauvoo. Elder Campbell was asked to help, as they were short on teamsters that day. He had a blast!

We ended the day debuting our new part as Noah and Sophia in “Rendezvous.” It went very well, so we were glad.

We send our love,

Elder and Sister Campbell

– A foursome in the Cultural Hall
– Sister Campbell and Sister Thomas
– Elder Campbell getting ready to go out on the trail
– Elder Campbell with Elder Murray on the trail
– Nauvoo temple
– Elder Campbell with the horses
– Elder Campbell and church employee from Wayan, Idaho, Jordan Bodily
– Got the reins (above)

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One tour was a little awkward

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May 4, 2014

Dear Family and Friends,

How are you all doing? We would love to hear from you! We are so busy here that we hardly have time to write. We want you to know how wonderful it is here and how great the work is that we are involved in, so we write!

We just got home from an excellent block of meetings with 200+ friends (fellow missionaries). Those who bore their testimonies, those who presented the lessons, and those who made comments during the lessons were all inspired with uplifting and faith-promoting words. It is by faith and action that we develop our testimony of Jesus Christ. By exerting faith and following His teachings we gain more faith. Then we can exert a stronger faith and exhibit more good works, further increasing our faith. Our faith can grow in this way into a wide crescendo, eventually becoming perfect knowledge. (See Alma 32:34)

The Young Performing Missionaries arrived on Friday. They add another dimension to this mission, including a huge drop in the average age of the mission. We arrived at church one hour early today so that Elder Campbell could help set up chairs for the additional missionaries and so that I could be a greeter at the door. But one should arrive at Sacrament Meeting at least thirty minutes early in order to get a decent seat.

The Young Sister Missionaries have been serving in the sites for about three weeks now. I served with three of them this week in the Post Office. They truly do make it a lot more fun, and they give such inspired tours. But one tour this week was a little awkward.

We were rotating as to who should give the tour, and it was my turn with senior Sister Curtis. A good-looking young man walked in by himself and I started the tour. (The three young sisters all noticed, as they told me later, that he had no wedding ring on.) I asked young Sister Gines to come help me with the tour, but she declined. I then asked him a little bit about himself. He was just moving out this way, looking for a place to live, a recent graduate from dental school. He was starting his residency. Then young Sister Richardson stepped out from behind a counter right up to him and started talking to him. Others interjected now and then, which they are not supposed to do. It was quite apparent that he was the center of attention. I commented that we were fighting over who should give him the tour. It was funny, and when he left he thanked us for the 5 on 1 tour.

Not a typical day in the sites.

Elder Campbell and I have been rehearsing our new parts as Noah and Sophia in “Rendezvous.” We start on Saturday. We are about ready! Elder Campbell prayed hard that he would be able to learn his lines. One night after praying earnestly about it, the lines kept going through his head all night, allowing him little sleep. He told Sister Taye, the “Rendezvous” director, about it. She laughed and said, “You didn’t know the Holy Ghost worked all night, did you?”

Elder Campbell has five times as many lines as I do, and he has to do most of them in rhythm. This is a real stretch for him! Pray for him that on Saturday night he won’t get nervous and forget his lines, because doing it in front of an audience is another whole game!

As we are gearing up for this show and for the summer season we are hoping you will all be able to come. The shows are going to be really fun! The atmosphere is going to be even better. If it is not possible for you to come we will understand, but maybe somehow we can portray a portion of what we are learning and feeling here as we continue to serve in the most wonderful mission in the world! This is where testimonies are expressed of the early Saints. This is where we tell of the sacrifices they made for their faith in Jesus Christ and His restored church. This is where faith-filled Latter-day Saints now serve their fellow men in first class ways, where they show their love for God, for the gospel, and for their families by coming here and sharing their testimonies here. This is where Elder Campbell and I are learning, growing, and changing for the better.

I close with my testimony of Jesus Christ. I know that this is His work that we are doing. I know that only by Him and through Him can we be saved in the Kingdom of God, through faith in Him, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end of our lives in righteous living.

In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Love,

Elder and Sister Campbell

-Sister Campbell with Young Sister Missionaries (above)
-Spring blossoms

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