On Monday March 2nd, there was enough cold and snow for a sleigh ride.
You're right...this picture is of a wagon not a sled, so I'll post pictures of Elder Johnson and me on the sled later when I get them. (I was so caught up in the majesty of these horses, I lost my head.)
Don't you love these Percherons though? All of the horses that we use in Nauvoo are Percherons.
On Wednesday of last week while attending the beautiful Nauvoo Temple, it was still so frigid that we had to bundle up just to get 600 feet from the car to the temple.
However, two days later, we took this picture. Check it out--57 degrees with little to no snow.
What do you get when you cross 115 ambitious Nauvoo missionaries with little to no guests in the Nauvoo sites?
....You get more home-made gifts for charity than you can imagine.
Sister Susan Clement oversees our humanitarian effort here in the Nauvoo Mission. We started last October and will finish up the end of March. So far, we have made:
113 Quilts of all sizes
61 Comfort Bears
218 Hygiene Kits
94 Pairs of Mittens
120 Pillow Cases sturdy enough to double as a carrying bag
122 Adult Cover-ups (Okay...Bibs)
122 Layettes for new born babies leaving the hospital with little to no cloths (Each set contained a blanket, sleeper, burp cloth, and hat. We also included mittens, socks, and other items when possible.)
18 School Bags (We got a late start on this idea. In fact, we've only been working on it for a week.)
30 Pajama Bottoms
Sister Clement is shown presenting the results of the five month service project.
The projects you see in these pictures are just the ones prepared to go out this month.
The donations were given primarily to hospitals, schools, shelters, and other government facilities.
When Sister Clement reported the Humanitarian success at our weekly training meeting, many of us wore the shawls made at the Family Living Center to honor her. Sister Clement was responsible for edging most of the shawls you see below. Of course, she edged them on top of everything else she was doing. Sister Clement adds a new dimension to the word "ambitious". I fear she makes the rest of us appear a bit lazy. :)