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.
Elder and Sister Campbell
-Sister Campbell with Young Sister Missionaries (above)