We received a big white envelope in the mail this morning and it contained a letter that says, "You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Illinois Nauvoo Mission. Your primary assignment is to labor as a visitors' center missionary. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months. You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Monday, March 9, 2015."
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Saturday we served together with Sister Hintze at
the Family Living Center.It was first
time for Elder Doying and the second time for Sister Doying.
Elder Doying, Sister Hintze, Sister Doying
The Young Single Missionaries who serve here in Nauvoo,
do so for their first six months – April through September, then go outbound to
various area’s around the United States, for six months, then back here for
their remaining six monthsThey
arrived back here around April 15th and one of them, Sister Hintze
served in the Fresno, California mission, and was actually in Visalia where the
Gene and Dorothy Higbee live.They are
dear friends of ours from our Ward in Fontana in the 1960’s.it is a small world indeed.
Sundaynight we had a District meeting with everyone in our mission at
Richardson Point in Iowa.We carpooled there with our District leaders,
Elder and Sister Pearce.It is a place where
the departing Saints of February 1846 got bogged down in mud for almost two
weeks in March of 1846. It took them a month to get there, it only took us about
an hour. The first deaths of the trek west occurred there and the owner of the
property (not a member) built a fence around the graves and built benches for
people to come and see them.
One of the graves is for a James M. Tanner, a baby boy of 15 months.
The area was very heavily forested when he bought
the property and much clearing had to be done.
It rained most of the way out there and
stopped for a while, but started up again as we were leaving after a nice
program.We were all in our "site" pioneer
clothes and we all got wet. And it gave
us an even better understanding of what those long ago pioneers endured.
There are tracks along the trail through farm
land out there in Iowa and the farmers have plowed around them all these years
to preserve them, even though they aren't Mormons. It is very heart-warming to feel that love
and reverence from them.It was a very
There are hundreds of tulips blooming in Nauvoo right now. Here is just one flower bed here.
Today as we traveled back from Keokuk,
Iowa, we stopped and took pictures of a flock of Pelican’s in the shore waters
of the Mississippi near Nauvoo.
Last Sunday Sister Doying got to teach Relief Society
and Elder Doying taught Priesthood. We may not have to teach these again, as
all the missionaries get a chance. No doubt other teaching assignments will
We love our Savior and serving here for
him.One of our favorite scriptures is Matthew
16:13-16.Check it out, and let me know
if you agree.
Jesus is the reason we are here. Because of Him, we are "flying".