We worked in the Wilford Woodruff home today. I've been here two or three times, but it is new for Elder Johnson. As you see the home is just off Highway 96 which is the main street that runs through Nauvoo. All of the other sites are a few blocks off the main drag. Hence, we get more drive-by's here.
Apparently, when Wilford returned from one of his missions (he served eight) he found the foundation and first four rows of his home had been completed. He was determined to finish it with better brick but didn't want to waist the work that had already been done. The character of a man's home tells a great deal about him don't you think? Clearly, he was a perfectionist but not to the point of undoing another man's work.
Note that the brick fireplace is on the inside of the house. That is because President Wilford wanted the outside of the house to be perfectly square. To get that look, all of the 8 fire places are built into the house making it warm and cozy on the inside, and straight and square on the outside.Isn't it darling? You'll have to come to Nauvoo to hear the rest of the story.
As missionaries, we are encouraged to take notes when we feel the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. Here are a few thoughts I had on prayer this week.
"Father in Heaven values our agency. He will rarely if ever give us information and/or direction without our first asking for it."
"God knows who we are. He knows our name and our struggles. He loves us and yearns for our success. He will answer our pleas for direction."
Note to self: Ask for assistance more often. Be specific and sometimes pray out loud when I am alone. (Will you do the same?)
Here is a fun link sent to us by a prior Nauvoo missionary. Check it out! The Ripple