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!
Elder and Sister Campbell