Thursday, May 28, 2015

May 13 – May 27, 2015 – Weeks 10 & 11: in Nauvoo

May 27, 2015

Dear Family,
No excuse for no email last Wednesday – I just forgot until Saturday and decided to wait until the next Wednesday which is today and wouldn’t you know it, the internet is down again! (Thursday morning - it is up again!)  Not too much different happening anyway.  We did have a cast picnic at Inspiration Point along the Mississippi river on Thursday the 21st.  

 A large camp fire was started, and while it was getting hot and ready for cooking, the Elders whittled long branches into proper sticks to hold the hot dogs – some having up to 4 prongs.

It was fun watching some folks cooking 4 at a time over the fire!  The Sisters set the tables with the fixings, and lots of salads and desserts.  

Good food and good company. 

A tug boat plies the waters up the Mississippi pushing 15 barges. 

As we were all leaving we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset.


This is a statue of Brigham Young and Joseph Smith at Inspiration Point - they are pointing west - commemorating the place where those early members of The Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints crossed the river as they were forced to leave Nauvoo in February of 1846.  Many were leaving homes they had built, but only lived in for thee or four month. Below is a replica of the wagons they took with them, loaded with as much as they could carry.  The wagon is sitting on a barge like they would have used to pull them across.
We have started with the summer hours of 9:00 to 6:00 at all the sites.  The Visitors Center is open from 9:00 to 9:00 and I think the wagon rides begin around 8:30 in the morning and go tuntil about 2:30.  The shifts for us Senior Missionaries are one of the following each day: A=9:00-3:00; B=3:00-6:00; C=split, 9:00=12:00 and 3:00-6:00.   We are short about 18 missionaries to cover the sites, so occasionally we will have to work a 9:00-6:00 shift as we  did yesterday.  A very long day – and we had to perform in the Sunset on the Mississippi outdoor show last night which is from 7:00-8:00.  We ate a quick salad between our shift and the show!
So you can tell that we are still running, but because we love our Saviorand he lifts us up, we are managing to keep up.......

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