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