August 24, 2014
Dear Family and Friends,
How is it going in your part of the world? The activity has slowed down quite a bit here, plus it has gotten rainy and hot!
I found that I am related to one of the missionaries here. Elder Glen Clark is a fourth cousin twice removed. He was raised in Georgetown, Idaho and is a descendant of one of my pioneer Nauvoo ancestors, Timothy Baldwin Clark. Elder Clark knows all about Montpelier and the Burgoyne’s. In fact, he graduated with Uncle Rodney Burgoyne from Montpelier High School. While we were serving in the Family Living Center together he posed for a picture with Elder Campbell and me.
I also got a picture with “The Beer Man.” He comes to Nauvoo every Thursday with a truck-bed full of pop and juice. Then he drives around to all of the sites to give drinks to the missionaries. His name is Fred, but he likes the missionaries to call him The Beer Man. He also grows a garden and brings produce to share. This summer he has had a lot of cucumbers, so has brought his homemade pickles to give to the missionaries. He lives alone, and finds joy in passing his time this way. In the afternoon he serves in the temple.
The other day I got a phone number from my mother of another distant cousin, Ezra Tillotson, who lives in Troy, Missouri. I called him and invited him to come to Nauvoo before we go home. He accepted the invitation! He and his sister, and maybe a brother are planning to come here on Labor Day. We have arranged to have our preparation day then so that we can take him around to see the sites. I am excited about it, even though I have never met any of them. I am excited that they are interested in coming.
On Friday night we had two Young Sister Missionaries over for dinner, Sister Hughes and Sister Hansen, the assistants to the president. We had a wonderful visit with them. Sister Hughes is from Mesa and Sister Hansen is from Rexburg. Both will be going home in October and will then be roommates at BYU. As always, they left us with a spiritual message. It was to let the spirit guide you in your missionary work. All missionaries are entitled to that kind of help. Before leaving Sister Hughes played my violin for a minute. I hadn’t known she played the violin, even though I have known her for most of our mission.
This morning we went to church in Fairfield, Iowa. I played an arrangement of “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief.” I couldn’t get an accompanist on such short notice, so I played it without accompaniment. It was Ed and Eunice Johnson’s last Sunday in the Fairfield ward. They are moving to Houston this week. The ward had their monthly pot luck after church. It was a nice “farewell” for them. We could tell that they will be greatly missed! Unfortunately, I did not get a picture of them this time.
Then tonight we had an MTC party. Sister Gillespie had activities that got us all laughing. Sister Jones is putting together a skit for our farewell breakfast. Should be fun!
Here are a few of my notes from church today.
Your prayers will be answered in time.
We need to pray to see His hand in our lives; He needs our prayers so that He can bless us.
Adversity is fleeting; Christ is forever.
If no one is there to bear testimony to you, look in the mirror and bear testimony to yourself.
How can the Lord strengthen us through adversity? Through prayer, hope, faith, and knowledge.
Adversity means “turn,” turn to God.
Through Christ you can become the irony of logical deductions.
We send our love,
Elder and Sister Campbell
– Fred, The Beer Man with Sister Campbell
– Cousin Elder Clark with Elder and Sister Campbell
– View of Sister Campbell, Sister Hughes, Sister Hansen
– Sister Hansen, Sister Hughes, Elder Campbell
– At the MTC party
– The Nauvoo Temple, by EC (above)