Sunday, October 5, 2014

New film--Meet the Mormons

During our training meeting this week, we were given the honor of previewing the new film, " Meet the Mormons". We loved it. Anything that can make both Elder Johnson and I laugh and cry is on the top of our list. When the movie comes to your area within the next week or so, it is a must see. All profits will be donated to the Red Cross so if you are not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, don't think you are donating to the Church. It is a great way to clear up misconceptions of the Mormon people and their life style.

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On our preparation day this week, we took the opportunity to travel one last time with our friends the Woods. They are finishing up their mission and will be heading home on Tuesday. We will be in their situation in just one more year. Our mission is passing quickly and we hope we are doing some good. Actually, we are meeting with our mission president this week to see if we can slip home for a few days in November. We don't have a big emergency, but told our employees that we would try to get home at least once. Initially, we applied for a six month mission and that is what we thought we would have. We agreed to an 18 month mission before receiving the call but not before notifying Allstate of our original 6 month plan. That was kind of a long and vague explanation, but bottom line is that we want to be true to our word. We'll see what President Gibbons thinks.

I got side tracked. Below are pictures of a fun store we went to called Iron and Lace. This talented husband and wife team throw beautiful pottery, weld iron, make rugs, and I could go on and on. Have you ever seen Queen Ann's lace? It's beautiful! Iron and Lace is located in Bentonsport, Iowa.

We also went to the Dutchman's Store in Cantril, Iowa. We have been there numerous times now. I love this place too. It is run by the Amish you see in the pictures below. These people are so sweet.

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We also stopped at a cheese factory which is also run by some Amish. While shopping, we read a funny on a bulletin board that showed a man standing by an old dilapidated horse. The caption read, "So when did you decide to convert to the Amish religion?" The answer was, "After filling my car at the gas station."

The old school below is outside of Keokuk, Iowa along the Mississippi River.

This may seem strange to you, but I wanted to show you this coal dump. Mountains of coal are awaiting a boat ride down the Mississippi River. It is dumped here for future use.

Below is the next group of Missionary friends that are leaving Nauvoo. Their good-bye skit was a silly one as usual.

We hope you were able to listen to General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints this weekend. We were working Saturday in Donnelson, Iowa with Nauvoo on the Road (More on that next week) so we're still trying to play catch up with General Conference. We also worked Sunday afternoon but heard most of conference between guests. Hope you loved it as much as we did. If you missed it, it's not too late. Check it out on

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