Our Favorite Things


June 28, 2014

Dearest Family and Friends,

We had a wonderful week, climaxed by a commemorative program for the 170th anniversary of the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. The music during the program was beautiful. The Young Sister Missionaries sang and the Young Performing Missionaries sang. The Nauvoo Brass Band played. The music was followed by an address by President Gibbons. He spoke of the fear of the citizens of Warsaw and Carthage who fled their homes after the horrible deed was done. Later they warily returned, incredulously finding that no one had touched their homes in their absence. The Mormons did not retaliate. The Mormons had a militia rivaled by none, yet they did not come. They were in deep mourning and did not seeking revenge.

The assailants had thought killing the prophet would put an end to the church. President Gibbons reminded us of the now over 15 million members of the church in 173 or more countries. (I don’t remember the exact number.) He paid tribute to missionaries who are serving in Nauvoo, and said, among other things, that our children and our grandchildren would be blessed for our service.

At the end of the program teamsters led two riderless horses down the walkway, in honor of Joseph and Hyrum. President Gibbons told us that Abraham Lincoln was the first president of the United States to be officially honored by the inclusion of a riderless horse in his funeral cortege.

Today, preparation day, we were invited to dinner at Elder and Sister Jones’ home. They are from the Twin Falls area. They invited the men that Elder Jones works with and their wives. Elder and Sister Gillespie, Elder and Sister Thurston, and Elder and Sister Couch were there.

We each had a turn to tell something about ourselves and then to tell about a favorite thing of the mission. Elder Campbell said that he is happy to be able to do a speaking part in “Rendezvous,” something he has never done before. This is something he thought he could not do. My favorite thing is to serve in the sites with my husband on Sundays, and to speak to the visitors in the sites. It is especially rewarding when my companion and I can share the tour in an inspired way.

This week Elder Campbell and Elder Gillespie worked together cutting out chipped and broken brick in the Women’s Gardens and putting in new. It is a taxing job. They are hard workers!

We hope you have a great week. We plan to have a fun week with Evelyn and Jason and family!


Elder and Sister Campbell

– Elder Campbell working with Elder Gillespie (above)
– Sister Campbell’s flower bed





June 22, 2014

Dear Family and Friends,

Today Elder Campbell and I served in Land and Records, one of my favorite places. We served with Elder and Sister Ballard. While we were there Julie Conlin Johnson came in and inquired about who had the 3C license plate. She is the daughter of Bart and Ruby Conlin of Soda Springs. So we had a good visit with her. She and her husband and six children live in Maryland. Interestingly, Julie’s mother, Ruby, is a cousin to Sister Ballard. Julie was hoping to find her while in Nauvoo. So that was fun. It is fun to meet people you know from home or elsewhere.

This week was a good one. I served in the various sites, as usual. Elder Campbell did more work on the Visitor’s Center parking lot, preparing and putting in concrete. After a day of hard work in the humidity, he comes home soaked to the skin.

Yesterday was the highlight of our week. We went to Springfield, Illinois with Ed and Eunice Johnson. We were happy that they could take time out of their busy lives to go with us. We took our car, but Ed drove. That seemed to be a good setup for the four of us.

We went to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Old State Capital. Through the tours and wonderful displays we gained a better understanding and appreciation for Lincoln. What a great and inspired man he was! We also saw the Lincoln Home, although we didn’t go inside, and the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site. That is quite a magnificent monument there. The most moving place for me was the room in the museum set up to look like the place where Lincoln lay in state. It was authentic-looking. Everything was very interesting. I recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity to go there.

Of special note was the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office, where Lincoln practiced law for a time. The shell of the building and the flooring in the upper rooms are original. A tour guide took us through the building, which also had a store, a post office, and a court room. Towards the end of the tour, because of our missionary badges she told about the trial of Joseph Smith in that building. He was tried for the attempted murder of Governor Boggs. He was suspect because it occurred shortly after the Mormon extermination order. Joseph Smith was found not-guilty, as there was no evidence that he was in Missouri at the time. The guide told us that the actual trial did not occur in that reconstructed court room, but in the back of the building, which was not set up for tours. Afterwards she took the four of us back there to see the area where the trial was.

Here are a couple of quotes from our Relief Society/Priesthood meetings today. Quotes are by Joseph Smith in his letters to Emma. “Whatever happens, the Lord is in it.” “If we are faithful, all of our losses will be made up.”

In Sunday School we studied about King David. Once of the important lessons for us as related to that tragic story of David and Bathseba is to keep the stage of our minds filled with virtue. Choose a hymn to fill your mind in times of trial or testing. Memorize that hymn. (Boyd K. Packer)

From training meeting this week we learned that prayer is the spiritual preparation of the day. The Holy Ghost conveys answers to us from our Heavenly Father. (David Bednar)

Even though the days are generally hot and humid here, we have also been getting a lot of rain lately. There can be thunder and lightning and torrential rain, and then an hour or so later, clear blue skies. Right now it is dark outside so I think I will say goodnight and go to bed.

We love you all,

Elder and Sister Campbell

– At Lincoln Tomb
– Elder and Sister Campbell, small version of statue that is in Washington DC at the Lincoln Memorial, Eunice and Ed Johnson
– Posing with the Abe Lincoln family (above)
– Old State Capital
– Sister Campbell, Eunice and Ed Johnson
– Outside the original court room
– Court room like the one Joseph Smith was tried in Springfield, Illinois
– Home of Lincoln
– Back room where the court room was
– Elder Campbell working with the elders on the cement drive.
– Lincoln law office in Springfield, Ill













Well-Spring of Blessings


June 15, 2014

Dear Family and Friends,

Another week, another well-spring of blessings!

The days are so full now that we rarely have a spare minute. We start our day early with personal study and assignments, and we end our day with our show and companionship study. Most days we are thinking it is too late to study, but we do it anyway. Needless to say, we sleep soundly at night!

This week while serving in the Cultural Hall, the band played their afternoon concert inside because of the rain. This happened both times I served there this week. We got our own personal concert, with several guests drizzling in each time. Both concerts were excellent, but the second day was better than the first.

Today we have district meeting, which we are just about ready for. Elder Campbell and I are in charge of a discussion about giving the tour when gests come. The discussion is based on a training meeting we had last month by two visitors from Salt Lake who are over all of the visitor’s centers in the church. They want us to do things certain ways, and we do our best to follow their council. They are very inspired leaders. Our main focus is to help guests draw closer to Christ. We are to weave our testimony into the historical setting of the site, and also stay within the time-frame allotted to that particular site. It is a challenge to do. It should be an interesting district meeting. We hope to get a good discussion going.

We were able to see the Living Legends’ concert twice. They are a BYU performing group consisting of Native American, Latin American, and Polynesian students. They put on a wonderful program of song and dance. Their costumes were outstanding. The students came into the sites during the last two or three days of their visit here. They also went to our “Rendezvous” show and seemed to really enjoy it. One or two commented to Elder Campbell at how much they liked his part in the show.

Yesterday we went to Montrose, Iowa, and took a picture of the temple from across the river. We also went to the meat shop there and then back home. It was just a relaxing day for a change.

Today Sacrament Meeting was on keeping the commandments. Here are some highlights from my notes.

Keeping the commandments brings blessings every time. Breaking the commandments eventually brings sadness every time.
Keeping the commandments brings safety and peace.
Keeping the commandments shows honor and love to God.
Keeping the commandments will “Enable us with power and a place in the Celestial Kingdom.

Two thoughts from my notes in Relief Society:
Be steadfast through the storms of life.
When you’re sinking in the depths of the sea, don’t worry, your life guard walks on water.

We send our love,

Elder and Sister Campbell

– Project for the week for Elder Campbell, preparing for concrete
– Pictures taken by Aunt Margaret at “Sunset by the Mississippi” (above)




“Why should I give way to temptations…?”


June 7, 2014

Dear Family and Friends,

It has been a fabulous two weeks since I last wrote. My mother, Charlotte, and sisters, Margaret, Sylvia, and Martha were here visiting last week. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed visiting with them so much. We attended the temple together and we visited some of the key sites with them on Saturday and Sunday. One of those key sites was Carthage. That is always a highlight.

They attended the “Rendezvous” show. Elder Campbell did his part perfectly for both shows. Our “Sunset” show also went off without a hitch. One thing they really enjoyed was watching the Young Performing Missionaries in their shows and songs and dancing. I think they will be glad to tell you that this is a fun place!

One day last week we had some delightful tours in the Cultural Hall. A whole bus load of non-members came down from Iowa City. They were very interested and willing to engage in conversation with us. Some sweet member families came in, also.

June 9

Yesterday was so busy that I didn’t have time to finish my letter. First thing in the morning was church, at 8 a.m., as always. We get out at 11 in time to get ready to open up the sites. But this time Elder Campbell and I were assigned to Carthage, which is about a 30-minute drive instead of 5. So the night before I prepared a lunch to take with us and had dinner all ready to stick in the microwave to eat before we left.

Carthage was very busy. The Young Performing Missionaries performed their new vignette while we were there. The Nauvoo Brass Band also played. Elder Campbell and I took two tours through the jail, one before and one after the performing missionaries.

After our shift we ate our lunch on the way home so that we could attend Elder Taye’s art exhibit. He was displaying all of the work he has done since coming to Nauvoo, mostly oil paintings of landscapes and scenery in Nauvoo and Carthage.

From there we went right to the church to get a good seat for the “Sociable” being put on by BYU’s Living Legends. They are a performing group visiting here for two weeks. They are made up of people of South American heritage, Mexican, Polynesian, and native American heritage. They bore testimony, told stories, and sang songs.

While waiting for that to start Sister Taylor invited us over to her house for ice cream with a bunch of friends. So even though tired, after the Sociable we were pleased to attend. It was nice, as about a dozen missionary couples came to visit and eat ice cream. One couple, the Mengels, will be going home in about a week. Sister Taylor probably thought this would be once last chance to hold a party before she and her husband get extremely busy with the pageant. She and her husband are the pageant public relations missionaries. They coordinate the comings and goings of the pageant people.

So that was one busy but fun day! Today is not quite as bad. We do have two Rendezvous shows tonight. Actually, we always have two Rendezvous shows now that the summer season is here.

Earlier today Elder Campbell worked on the siding on the Water house. He has been doing that for a couple of weeks or more now. I served in the Seventy’s Hall and gave a tour to three families. We love it when families come in. It is fun to talk to the children who come in with their parents.

To close, at the Living Legends sociable, one of them quoted 2 Nephi 4:27. “Yea, why should I give way to temptations, that the evil one have place in my heart to destroy my peace and afflict my soul?” Then she asked, “Why worry about earthly things? Focus on things of eternity.” Then the final note I wrote at the sociable last night reads, “We are inviting more neighbors into our Celestial neighborhood.”

This is what we are doing here in Nauvoo. We are inviting more people into the Lord’s kingdom. We are doing the Lord’s work.


Elder and Sister Campbell

(Pictures out of order)
– Margaret, Charlotte, Martha, Sylvia, Sister Campbell
– In front of our house
– Sister Campbell and Mom Charlotte
– Young performers fiddling
– Young performers with kids
– Nauvoo Brass Band at the Cultural Hall
– Chestnut tree leaves and clusters where nuts will form
– At Carthage
– In the Women’s gardens
– Young performers fiddling
– Elder Campbell waiting for all the ladies to look at the flower gardens