Sunday, May 4, 2014

Yikes! They left us in charge.

We have been at the visitor's center now for two weeks. Today was the first day that we were in charge by ourselves to run the center. We had help from five of the young sister missionaries in Nauvoo, but the other senior couple assisting had never been a tour guide in Carthage before. There were 91 guests this afternoon. On Sunday we are only open from 12:30 til 5 PM. However the last tour was late, and we didn't get home until about 5:45. Never-the-less it was fun and we often felt guided on what to say to whom. It helps that Elder Johnson is a history buff, and we have been reading from the Carthage library between guests and actually every chance we get the past few weeks.

 As you see, our world is beautiful with signs of Spring everywhere. Tulips remind me that there is life after the long winter.

 Adam, Becki, and their girls were our first family visitors. We had a marvelous time on our preparation day touring with them first in Nauvoo and then later in the week in Carthage.
 Elder Johnson and I are performing in Rendezvous twice a week. This coming week, we have a few speaking parts and will be part of the grand right and left.

 This statue is outside the Carthage Jail. Adam is 6' 3" and Joseph was just a little over 6 feet tall so as you can see, the statue depicts the two brothers a bit taller than they actually were.
 Zoey is two. That's all I have to say about her sad face.

Mia is four. Adam reported that one morning while in Nauvoo, Mia gave the family prayer asking Heavenly Father to help her share the gospel even through she isn't a missionary.
 The girls had fun at the Family Living Center.

 Elder Johnson did too.

 We went for a wagon ride pulled by horses one afternoon. It was still pretty cold that day and we all bundled up in blankets.
 Zoey fell asleep in her dad's arms for an hour or so.
  During the ride, the missionaries at the different sights watch for the wagon and come out of their shops to wave. Four year old Mia took note and said, "Wow, Grandma! We have a lot of friends."
Adam and family stayed in an RV most nights. The girls seemed to love it though I'm not sure how well they slept.

On their way home, Zoey sang "Welcome, to Nauvoo" over and over. It was apparently an attempt to mimic Elder Johnson and I as we sang in Rendezvous.


  1. It is great to hear your mission stories! I love the pictures too. Can't wait to visit.

  2. I miss everyone. I wish we could see everyone more. You girls are so cute! Becki is cute too! I'm not so sure about Adam though!