See President and Sister Gibbons below
What an amazing man and sweet wife. We can't say enough about them.
Guests are sparse now-a-days after our Nauvoo sites accommodated over 55,000 guests in the past 12 months.
Did I mention that we had almost 11,000 guests at Pioneer Pastimes for the month of July 2015? The numbers may seem a little off, but keep in mind that if guests leave and then come back, we count them again. What we don't count is how long they stay. Sometimes they play with us for hours.
We also went to the cave where Mark Twain had explored as a child.
Many historians think that this is the cave that inspired many of his books.
You'll be relieved to know that we saw no sign of Injun Joe.
We also hiked up to a light house here in Hannibal.
What a view!
There's a statue of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn at the base of the hill.
There were 440 steps from the base of the hill to the top.
We also stopped in Quincy on the way home and showed the other missionaries the monument that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints erected in gratitude for the hospitality that the residents of Quincy showed the LDS people in 1839. The good people of Quincy, Illinois literally saved their lives after the Mormon Extermination Order in Missouri.
Important to note that it was in Quincy that the whole country was blessed only a few decades later. Remember the Abraham Lincoln/Douglas Presidential debate in Quincy was when the tides turned in Lincoln's favor. What would have happened to America had Douglas been at the helm during the Civil War? I shudder to think about it.
Our Rendezvous cast had a social at Pioneer Pastimes.
The game of Fox and Geese was a hit.
Check out the tongue action below. All this time I have been working on my technique for good bowling, but never thought of correcting my facial expression.
Best story yet...
So, here's a fun story. Sister Sharon Watkins came to Nauvoo with us April 2014. Her first husband died many years ago when Sharon was expecting their first child. Her married life after that has been a rocky road to say the least. Her assignment here in Nauvoo as a missionary has been public relations the past half year or so and her office was right next to a widower, Elder Larry Nicholl who has been in charge of computer support for all missionaries.
(How would you like the job of computer support for hundreds of senior missionaries? Did I hear you say that would be your worst nightmare? Hmmm! You're probably not alone in your sentiments.)
Anyway, you might have guessed, the two became good friends and then fell in love. They got married yesterday just a week after Sharon was released as a missionary. Elder Nicholl owns a home here and they will continue their life living here in Nauvoo. Rumor has it that Sharon will most likely continue her public relations... not as a missionary but perhaps, in politics. We'll see where these two go. I suspect they will have a big influence on the community here as both of them are well known and loved.
They were pulled in a buggy up to the women's garden where the guests waited.
A couple of Sharon's granddaughters were flower girls. (Check out their cute pioneer dresses...They were custom made by someone named Sister Amy Johnson. Remember I made pioneer dresses for Pioneer Pastimes? Well, you never know what other uses might pop up. )
They were not married in the temple since both of them had been sealed to their first spouse.
There were plenty of guests. This picture gives you a taste.Invitation:
Whenever there are five Sundays in a month, the adult men and women meet together instead of splitting up for the last hour of church. I took a few notes today.
See Why Would Anyone Want to Join Such a Church?
My questions for you:
1. Do you believe in Jesus Christ?
2. Do you believe that Christ was resurrected and is alive today?
3. Do you believe that Christ is capable of restoring His church as it was originally organized with apostles and prophets and proper Priesthood authority?
Well, it happened! Christ Himself came to earth and restored His gospel beginning with Joseph Smith. Of course, it's not all about Joseph Smith...It's all about Christ. Everything in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is about our Savior. Come and find out for yourself.
What is the "doctrine of Christ"?
See 2 Nephi 31-32 and 3 Nephi 11
Will you take the next step to finding Christ?