Nauvoo Week 9 (February 8–14, 2016)
On Tuesday, February 9, it was Sharon’s birthday so we headed to Keokuk again to eat.
Wednesday and Thursday were pretty much just regular, fantastic days at the Temple and daily activities that we that we normally do. On Friday, February 12, following our morning shift at the Temple we invited Elder and Sister Davenport from Washington to go with us to Burlington Iowa. In Burlington we drove around the town and became a little more familiar with it and then ate at a Mexican restaurant. The food was good and we found out more about the Davenport’s and their family-he plays a lot of golf-that figures, he is a doctor. Elder and Sister Davenport recently completed a mission in California, he was the area medical advisor for the area in California.
On Saturday, we had been asked to go to the Temple early so we are arrived at 6 AM, attended prayer meeting, and I went and worked in the baptistery for a couple of hours. The day was fairly busy; many patrons came and we enjoyed having full sessions throughout the Temple for a few hours. We had invited Elder and Sister Ludwig (he is also a Sealer and Patriarch) from Washington to come to dinner later that day and at 6:00pm they came over and we had a great roast beef and mashed potato dinner.
Today is Valentine’s Day, we set the alarm for 6:30 am and awoke finding that it had snowed during the night. While Sharon was getting ready I went outside and shoveled the walks and a path to the car and cleaned the car off. We started to head to Mount Pleasant, Iowa which is about an hour away we went had gone about 15 minutes and were approaching Fort Madison when the storm became pretty severe and it was hard to see more than about 50 to 60 feet ahead of us. So we pulled over after slipping and sliding our way down the road and called the branch president. He stated that they were going to hold church but that it was cold and snowing just a little. I told him that we were having trouble on the roads and that we were going to turn around and go back home. He thought that was a great idea and that all would be well even though the forecast was for it to snow throughout the day. So we turned around and came home get our studies and watched a few programs on BYU TV. We were going to spend most of the day in Mount Pleasant today; church is from 9:00 am to noon and following that a woman was going to be married at 4:00 pm so that they could get baptized in the next couple of weeks. Due to the fact that we could not travel to Mt. Pleasant we planned on going to church here in Nauvoo at noon but at about 10:30 this morning we received a call from one of the missionary couples that attend this ward and told as that they had received a call that church was being canceled today because of the snow. It did snow hard for several hours; I went back out and shoveled another 4 inches this afternoon.
We hope that each and every one of you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. We want you to know how much we love and appreciate you. Thank you for your love, support, and kindness. We love you with all of our hearts. Love, Mom & Dad/Nana & Papa/Elder & Sister Shaw