When we reach out to communicate with God, it's called prayer.
When Father in Heaven reaches out to communicate with us, it's called inspiration or revelation.
Check this out. Patterns of Light
Will you think about this for a minute? Many churches teach religion, but in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, restored truths are taught.
What is our loving heavenly father trying to communicate to you? What changes does your He want you to make to bring you closer to Him? Will you strive to make those changes now?
Every time we work in Pioneer Pastimes we spend a half hour or so sweeping away spider webs and bugs from the play area. Check out the praying mantis below. They grow them big here.
Elder Johnson got to play the piano for Farewell Nauvoo--the song we sing every farewell breakfast. He did great.
The great Grape Stomp. Remember last year I reported a 5K that the city of Nauvoo hosts each year? Well, its that time again.
Summer is not over yet. At Pioneer Pastimes, the temperature reached 99 degrees yesterday. It only reads 98 below, but it had been 99 several times earlier in the day. It was an exhausting way to recuperate from the morning race. We're not complaining though...The weather is suppose to drop dramatically by the end of this week.
Here's a bit of interesting history. As the Mormons left Nauvoo and headed west away from the mobs that hated them so desperately, they were not as prepared as they had hoped and planned to be because of the early departure the first of February instead of spring. Thus, once they got across the Mississippi River and a month or two between them and their enemies, a muddy spring slowed their progress. However, since they were a bit safer from the mobs, they used the delay to earn money for supplies for their travels.
The following is taken from a National Historic Trails guide published by the US Department of Interior referring to this time in Mormon history:
The pioneers comforted and helped each other along: those who had food, bedding, and shelter shared with those who had none; those with musical or literary talent tried to cheer and inspire the camp. Their hardships brought the people together, forging their faith, group identity, and sense of destiny. The spirit of these Mormon pioneers rings in the lyrics of their now-famous anthem, "Come, Come, Ye Saints," written one miserable, muddy night in south-central Iowa by emigrant William Clayton, in honor of the birth of his son.
Above is a picture of the church and stone house built and used by Mormon pioneers as they made their way west.
The guide goes on to say: Under church direction, Latter-day Saints settled throughout the Southwest and Intermountain West. The journals, letters, sketches, and photographs they created to document their experiences across that vast region remain invaluable to historians. Their stories continue to inspire and fascinate. Today Latter-day Saints are mainstream Americans, recognized participants in national politics, international economies, and the global community.
Clearly, the Mormon exodus to Utah was not a mere footnote in the history of the American West. It is an integral part of the American story.
Remember, I told you about a hotel in Bentonsport that was built by the Mormons when their trip was delayed? Well above is another building called the stone house built by the Mormons and used for many years by pioneers passing through. The building was remodeled a few years ago and we ate an Amish cooked meal in it last night.
We enjoyed tasty home cookin' in a historic building renovated with current styles. How fun that this old building is still getting good use.