Saturday, August 30, 2014

Grape Vine Race- In Nauvoo

Saturday- Aug. 30, 2014
Elder and Sister Harris signed up to walk in the Grape Vine Race today.  We walked a 5K which is 3.1 miles.  It took Sister Harris 54.56 minutes and Elder Harris 55.09 minutes, He was only 13 Sec. behind me.         
Here we are ready to start the race!!

We are off walking our three point one miles. Sister Scott, Sister Harris, and Elder Harris
Sister Harris finishing the race!!
                  Sister Scott came in next and then Elder Harris!!

Elder and Sister Harris at the beginning and finishing of the race!!

As you can see Elder Harris Won 1st. Place for his age.   He got this medal he is showing you.  Sister Harris won 9th place for her age.   Sister Scott walked with us and she was really having a hard time so I stayed with her until the last part then I left Elder Harris and Sister Scott and finished before them both. I could have gone faster because I didn't even sweat.  But that's OK because we still had a lot of fun walking with a group of missionaries.  Here below Elder Harris is showing you the back of the medal he won.  I was really proud he walked because I had to beg him to sign up.  It was an easy walk, no hills.  We just walked down at the flats and around the water road by the Mississippi River and up Parley Street and across on main street to the Nauvoo Visitor Center made a U turn and down main street again until you got to Print shop then turned left and walked back to the River Road, 96 and to the State Park.

COOL!!! Huh!!! See Grandpa isn't so Old!!!

To the left is Margaret; she does my hair and she was over the Grape  Festival, " Toe the Vine". Her daughter Mary is next to her  and Margaret's husband and Sister Harris.  Margaret was the one who talked me into doing the race.  We had to talk to the scheduler to make sure we had an afternoon schedule.  So we didn't have to serve in our Sites until 12:00 noon.   Elder Harris also won some cup coolers from Margaret's shop, "Shear Design."  It was a fun morning!!
Here are some more winners!! Sister Udall, Sister Salcido, Sister Brown, Elder Harris and Elder Johnson who won a trophy for his 1st. place finish as a runner.
                                           Cute Picture below!!!!
Here are all the missionaries that did the grape vine walk or run!!
 To the left, Sister Salcido and Sister Brown are the two secretaries of the Nauvoo Mission. Sister Salcido going home and Sister
 Brown will be the secretary now. Cute Sisters!!! 

This picture has the two Elders with us, Sisters.  What a fun time we had!!! 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The MTC Party-- going home in Oct.2014

Sunday Aug. 24, 2014
We had a typical Sunday today but in the evening we had a MTC party with all  the Missionaries that came out with us to Nauvoo. It was great to see them because we don't always get to service in the sites with the Missionaries that we came with.  We see them around but it was fun to eat and talk with them again. Here are the pictures of most of them.
 Sister Cora Brown and Elder Joseph her husband was in charge of this party.  They did a really good job.  It was pot luck and we had a great time seeing the Missionaries.

We became very good friends with these two couples they are so awesome!! To the left is Elder Blaine and Sister Marilyn Thornock and to the right is Elder Gary and Sister LaRee Phillippi. We go home around Oct. 8, 2014 which I think the Thornock's will leave about two weeks earlier than we do. The Phillippi's will go home on the 8th the same day we do.

These sisters are so wonderful and I have so enjoyed serving with them.  Left to right- Sister Thornock, Sister Tuckett, Sister Murray, Sister McCann.  Sister McCann when is done from her mission in less than a month she has another Missionary Call to England for one year. Isn't that the coolest.....  She will be home for only one month when she leaves for England....   Doing the work for the Lord is so enjoying and rewarding...Whenever we have a party Sister McCann always does the decorations because she works at FM and has all the supplies.

To the left is Elder David and Sister Jerrine Beard. Sister Tucket- they life in Payson, Utah.
Sister Broadbent, and to the right is Sister Bogaski, Sister Bowen, Elder Bowen, and Sister Bennion...

                                                  Elder Don and Sister Marlene Bennion...

 Below Elder James Harris and Sister Carol Bogaski and Elder Robert Bogaski and Sister Jerrin Beard, and Elder Curtis and Sister Marilyn Broadbent. I worked all this spring and summer with Sister Bogaski in charge of gardening... I know it was she that got me into the gardening with her when they transplanted the flowers and planted the big pots...It was another high light of my mission... I love working with the dirt and flowers...

Sister Judee Murray helping getting the food ready, and Sister Cora Bowen is busy getting the trask container ready for the paper plates.... To the right Elder David and Sister Jerrine Beard, Elder Curtis and Sister Marilyn Broadbent, Elder Bogaski looking at the clock....

Elder and Sister Bennion and Sister and Elder Phillippi.....

Left Sister Thoronck and Sister Tuckett...  Sister Tuckett and Sister Bowen..  The Bowen's are here in Nauvoo for 23 Months.

 Left- Sister Judee Murray has never had any children but she is the best school teacher ever and she felt like they were her children.

To the right, Sister Faye Redd was in our District at the MTC... She was really hard to get to know at first but throughout her mission she learned to love and is a wonderful person. I think she has grown more than any person I know on this mission.  She is here in Nauvoo for 23 Months. She loves to work with horses but they won't let her be a teamster.  She has horses and a dog that she loves at home.

Elder Dennis and Sister Lawanna Thomas(left) and the Beard's and Thomas's are from the same ward isn't that neat they both get to be in Nauvoo on their missions... The Beards to the right were here last summer for 6 Months  and then this year they came back for 18 months.  They both are teamsters and the Thoma's went home because their 18 Months were over. They are both great missionaries and Elder Bread has really grown closer to the Lord but he does have a problem with his knees.  He had knee surgery but it hurts worse then it did before so he is in a lot of pain.  I pray that he will be able to finish this 18 Mission.  He is the kindest man and hope since they moved him from stairs in a home that he will do better.

Left- Elder Dennis White and Sister Cheryl and Right- Sister Jane and Elder Marvin Tuckett...

After we had a wonderful dinner we told what we were going to do when we go home.  We hope we can see these special Missionaries again because you bond with them so much.  Sister White does the most beautiful handwork than I have ever seen.  It is some kind of  handwork that I don't know what she called it but is beautiful. We had a great night together.....

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Montrose- Quail Story

Thursday- August 21, 2014
  Elder Harris and I went to Montrose to see the Monument that is there, where the Quail story happened.  It was really cool to look across the Mississippi River and see the Nauvoo Temple.  It looked so close where we were standing.  When you first drive into this monument this is the sign you see, Linger Longer Rest Area.

Elder Harris standing by the Pioneer Trail Memorial. I am going to tell you what it says inside this building.  I will only tell part of the stories.  It just makes your heart heavy and your eyes fill with tears for what the pioneers went through,very tender stories.

Good Looking Elder!!

From the swaps of commerce, Illinois, the Latter-day Saint pioneers raised a magnificent temple and a thriving frontier city they called Nauvoo-
Here the Nauvoo Temple across the Mississippi River zoomed up.
The story of Nauvoo is unique in history.  In the winter of 1838-1839, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were driven out of Western Missouri by Mobs.  The Saints arrived on the banks of the Mississippi- cold, hungery, and poor.  They found temporary refuge in the home of the people of Quincy and other nearby Settlements.  

In the Spring the Saints settled on the Swampy sites of Commerce, Illinois.
There they endured mosquitoes, malaria, sickness and death.  But they drained the swamps and in only seven years, built one of the largest cities on America's frontier.   They renamed their city Nauvoo- Hebrew for "Beautiful Place".

Nauvoo became a thriving center of commerce and industry.  The centerpiece- This "City Beautiful" was the temple- said, at the time to be the most imposing building on America's frontier- Recently completed home and shops surrounded the temple.

Tragic events forced the pioneers to abandon Nauvoo and began their historic trek to the Rocky Mountains.  Serious conflicts with residents in Hancock County made staying in Nauvoo impossible for the Saints.   Their problems culminated in the murder of their leader, the prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum, as they awaited justice in Carthage Jail.  Under a new leader, Brigham Young, the Saints completed the Nauvoo Temple, packed their wagons, and prepared to abandon their homes, their temple and their city.

During 1846, approximately fifteen thousands Latter-day Saints fled Nauvoo and crossed the river.  They stood heart broken on this river bank, gazing mournfully at their beautiful temple and city.  With only their faith to sustain them, the Saints turned their wagons to the sunset and began their historic trek westward to the Rocky Mountains.

Sustained by their faith, the homeless pioneers endured many hardships, including harsh weather, physical toil, hunger, sickness and death.
Under intense pressure from their enemies, about two thousand of the best prepared pioneers followed their church leaders across this river in the frigid month of February 1846.  They survived in tents and wagon boxes as they struggled westward  Ice and snow soon turned to deep mud.  Many were left in trail-side graves, their life's journey completed.  It was mid-summer before this vanguard Company arrived in Council Bluffs on the banks of Missouri River.

The second wave of ten to twelve thousand refugees departed as soon as they were able.  They  sold their property for little- or nothing.

Finally there remained only the aged, the infirm, and those otherwise unable or unwilling to leave.  Most of those too were driven from Nauvoo in September 1846.  Brigham Young sent rescue parties from Garden Grove and Mt. Pisgah in Iowa and from Winter Quarters in Nebraska.  The rescue  parties found the cold and hungry refugees waiting in desperate circumstances on the river bank where we now stand.

THE RESTORED NAUVOO TEMPLE IS A MONUMENT TO THE SACRIFICES OF THE                                                                             ORIGINAL SETTLERS

The Latter-day Saint pioneers completed the Nauvoo Temple in 1846, just before the few remaining Saints joined the trek west.  Within five years, the temple was destroyed by fire and a tornado.  The beautiful temple that you see now stands on the same site as original and is nearly identical in its exterior design.  The restored temple was dedicated on June 27, 2002.


From here, the Later-day Saints pioneers began one of the largest religious migrations of all time in the next twenty years seventy thousands Saints from the Eastern United States and from Europe followed the "Mormon Trail" across the Great Plains by ox team, horse-drawn wagon, and handcart.  They gathered in the tops of the Rocky Mountains where they could build their temple and cities and worship God in peace.
The exiled saints recorded in their personal journals the deep emotions they felt as they looked back upon their abandoned city,

We commenced crossing the river the weather being very cold and with large quantities of ice running in the river.  We leave in the city of Nauvoo a good house of brick and a quantity of furniture, without making a sale of anything.
                                              -John Henry Smith-

When I would wash a dish and raise it out of the water, there would be ice on it before I could get it wiped...I could not get warm from morning till night and night till morning.  -Lucy Meseve Smith-

A beautiful city lay glittering in the fresh morning sun its bright new dwellings set in cool, green gardens. The unmistakeable marks of industry, enterprise and educated wealth every where made the scene one of singular and striking beauty...I landed at the chief wharf of the city.  No one met me there...I walked through the solitary streets.  The town lay as in a dream, under some dreaded spell of loneliness... Plainly, it had not slept long... The spinner's wheel was idle, the carpenter had gone from his work bench...The blacksmith's shop was cold... No one called out to me from any opened window, or dog sprang forward to bark an alarm...The door (of houses) were unfastened... I found dead ashes upon the hearth...On the outskirts of the town...fields of heavy-headed yellow grain lay rotting un-gathered upon the ground.  No one was at hand on take to their rich harvest.
What could I do with my little means and my helpless family, in launching out into the wilderness?  I had no male relative to take charge of my affairs...I  will show them what I can do!
                                                                                                        -Louisa Barnes Pratt-
On reaching the summit...the company made a halt for the purpose of taking a last peering look at Nauvoo Temple, the spire of which was then glistening in the bright shining sun.  The last view of the temple was witnessed in the midst of sighs and lamentations, all faces in gloom and sorrow, bathed in tears at being forced from our homes and temple that had cost so much toil and suffering...
                                                                                                        - Lewis Barney-
The city of the Saints was to be nothing more than a memory until God should determine otherwise.  It had brought its joys.  But its history was also one of sad reminiscences, apostasy, murderous intent and destruction.  I was taking a final farewell of Nauvoo for this life.  I looked back upon the temple and its city as they receded from view and asked the Lord to remember the sacrifices of his Saints.
                                                                                                        -Wilford Woodruff-
This morning we had a direct manifestation of the mercy and goodness of God...Several large flocks of quails flew into camp.   Some fell on the wagons, some under, some on the breakfast tables.  The boys and the brethren ran about after them and caught them alive with their hands...Every man, women and child had quails to eat for their dinner and after dinner the flocks increased in size.
                                                                                                          - Thomas Bullock-
                                                              This is the place where the Quail story was across the Mississippi River from the Nauvoo Temple.

         You could sit here and enjoy looking across the Mississippi River at the Nauvoo Temple.

Then we drove to Dave's Meat Store in Montrose.  They have the best meat to buy anywhere!
It was a special day.