July 20, 2014
Dear Family and Friends,
On Monday I served in the Seventies Hall. A nonmember Jewish lady came in. Her sons had found Old Nauvoo on an internet search, discovering that everything here was free. So they flew in from (I think) Washington State and rented a car to get around in. They were having a great time. She commented on the similarities between the Mormons being driven out and the Jews during the Holocaust. She had ancestors who were victims of the Holocaust. She stayed and talked for quite a while. She had already filled out a Guest (referral) Card and was quite interested in the church.
That night we went to Carthage to Elder and Sister Gneiting’s home. (Elder Gneiting is a cousin to Galan Gneiting of Soda Springs.) Sister Gneiting had planned an evening of music and food. Everyone brought food. For the music Sister Gneiting played the piano, I played the violin, Elder Taye played the mandolin, and Elder Ballard played the harmonica. Everyone else sang for some of the numbers. She invited several couples from our cast, as it was our night off. It was a “One last get-together,” as the Gneitings and the Ballards go home the first part of August.
Later in the week after our “Sunset” show we met Pete and Gracie’s bishop and wife, Dave and Ilene Jenkins of Ione, California. They had wanted to meet us. They came here with a tour bus. They are friendly people, great people, very nice to visit with.
Many tour busses come here. They are often going to other historical sites as a part of their tour. Some of them are tours for youth, some for Young Adult groups. Some wards and stakes bring busloads of young people to see the Pageant and the sites. This is a booming place right now.
Today in church we met more people. I served in the primary during sharing time. It was fun to get acquainted with some of the children. The people in the Burlington Ward are so open and friendly. There are new members, newly activated members, and investigators.
Last week Vinca, a newly baptized member, gave me and the other Nauvoo sister missionaries a hug so that we could take it back to Sister Olsen, the missionary who taught her in the sites and was instrumental in helping her to get baptized. She is a strong member now.
Today I talked to Doris Richardson. She was baptized ten months ago. She has never seen the Nauvoo Pageant, so I encouraged her to come. She is in her 70’s and is in a wheelchair. She would have to rely on her family to bring her. Her husband and children were all baptized about 37 years ago. Finally, she determined that this was what she needed to do. She told me the story of how it came about, and she also told me the story of her testimony of tithing. She was living on social security, and it was hard for her to think that she would have enough money to pay tithing. But she decided to go ahead, and was blessed. She has had enough money for all of her expenses ever since, and feels like she has been particularly blessed in paying her tithing.
In our mission training meeting on Wednesday, the subject was Joy in the Journey. Here are a couple of quotes from that training.
When you trust in the Lord, when you are willing to let your heart and your mind be centered in His will, when you ask to be led by the Spirit to do His will, you are assured of the greatest happiness along the way and the most fulfilling attainment from this mortal experience. Richard G. Scott
The Prophet Joseph Smith taught us to “turn not away the small, still voice; it will teach [us] what to do and where to go; it will yield the fruit of the kingdom…. It will whisper peace and joy to [our] soul; it will take malice, hatred, strife and all evil from [our] hearts, and [our] whole desire will be to do good” (Millennial Star, 23 Sep 1873, 598).
We have experienced some of that kind of joy.
We send our love,
Elder and Sister Campbell
– Working in the Women’s Garden (above and below)
– With Sister Duncan and Sister Davis in the Green Room