July 13, 2014
Dear Family and Friends,
Now that the Pageant is on, we are busier than ever! The sites are continuously busy with wonderful, respectful, and interested guests. It never ceases to amaze me how many people come all the way out here from the west, the east, and all parts of the world, really. There are two pageants, the British Pageant and the Nauvoo Pageant. The British Pageant was presented for the first time last year in Preston, England. Just for this year it is being put on in Nauvoo, because the stories of the two pageants are so closely entwined.
I love to tell the stories of the faithful Saints in the sites, of how they sacrificed their homes and their livelihoods to follow a prophet of God. I love to tell of how Old Nauvoo got started, and of the sacrifice those early apostles and their families made to serve missions to England and elsewhere. Their families were home with little to live on but faith and hard work. I love to help the visitors find where their ancestors lived who were here in Nauvoo in the 1840’s. I love to welcome people who come here, helping them to feel loved and important. It is not hard to do, because everyone here is so kind and accepting. There is rarely a cross word spoken. This is a wonderful place to be, a haven from the difficulties of a troubled world.
But we work so hard that we are hardly in relaxation land. We work long hours, especially now that we are in our busy season. We are often doing well to get a good meal in before we have to hurry off to our show. We stay up late and arise early, burning the candle at both ends. It is nice to have a preparation day to catch up on rest and laundry. Since we are doing the Lord’s work we are happy and we rejoice to have this great opportunity to be a part of such a grand and ideal program.
Today was our second Sunday in the Burlington Ward. We met a lot more people. I am lined out to be a substitute in Primary and to provide a musical number next month in Sacrament Meeting. It is fun to participate in the lessons and to get a feel for the dynamics of the ward. The bishop of the Burlington Ward, Bishop Hammond, is a very young man barely out of college. He went to school at Idaho State. The Hammond’s best friends, the Mix’s, live in our ward in Soda Springs. I believe they moved in just as we were leaving, so we have never met them. Interesting.
Well, I am going to get a little rest before heading off to an MTC party, probably our last before going home. We rarely have a Sunday night free, and if we do someone plans something. J
We love you all. I want you all to know that I know that Jesus Christ is at the head of this church, that He leads and guides President Thomas S. Monson, and that there has been an unbroken chain of authority since the gospel was restored to the prophet Joseph Smith. I love the Pageant because Joseph Smith is one of the main characters, who speaks his actual words. He truly was a great prophet.
We send our love,
Elder and Sister Campbell
P.S. Our love goes out to you, Mom and Dad. We are saddened to hear of Dad’s confinement in a care center, following his strokes and paralysis. We are thinking of you and praying for you, and know that Heavenly Father is mindful of your struggles at this time!
– Elders singing at our MTC party
– With Tressa, Hailee, and Kenson at Pioneer Pastimes (last week)