Nauvoo week 20 (25 April – 1 May 2016)
We have gotten a couple of weeks behind. As soon as we returned from our trip to Springfield and Chicago, we were supposed to be going to Adam Ondi Ahman. Brother Dunn who is doing that tour called us and said he had to cancel it because of bad weather in Missouri. That was a letdown as we were looking forward to going, but he has rescheduled it and we will still be able to go.
On Monday, they called an impromptu pot luck and we also received our new schedules for now and thru the summer. We kept the same schedule we had before except they changed us from Saturday morning to Saturday evening shift. So we are off on Mondays and have Tuesday and Wednesday evening shifts, and morning shifts on Thursday and Friday. We also go two hours earlier than we have been. We are coordinators of the Baptistry on Tuesday and will be assigned four couples (team) to work with thru the summer. Wednesday evening we are Initiatory coordinators. Everyone who has worked through the summer keeps telling us how busy we will be! We look forward to that. We also look forward to having all of our family come through those months. They also gave us instructions for welcoming the new couples who were to arrive on Thursday and Friday of that week. The Presidency had prepared fruit baskets for all the new couples and had a little bit of food to put in their fridge. We received thirty two new couples who will be here for six months. We had been given two of the couples to host and help get situated.
Our two couples are Elder & Sister Gentry from Logan and Elder & Sister Dalling from Sugar City, Idaho. We had talked with them on the phone for a couple of times before they came to answer any questions they might have. They both arrived on Thursday evening. We helped them take their belongings into their apartments. They are both wonderful couples, and it was great to meet them in person.
On Saturday, our assigned branch (Mount Pleasant) had their ten year anniversary celebration. They had the rooms set up with different activities and lunch for all who came. Several of the Nauvoo Site Missionaries had come and brought some of the various things they do in the activity center in Nauvoo. They were making ropes, they brought a loom to show how they made rugs, and they had all kinds of children’s games from that time period and gingerbread cookies that they bake. It was well attended by the branch people, but they were hoping for more nonmembers to attend.
Saturday evening we had a dinner with all of the Temple Missionaries at the Stake center. They had us all stand up and introduce ourselves. It will take some time to learn all of the new couple’s names, thank heavens they all will be wearing tags like us which will help! We had a great time and had the opportunity to talk to some of the new couples to learn more about them.
The most important thing that happened on April 30th was Ashtyn’s Birthday. She is 15 now, we can’t believe it! She will be getting her learners permit soon so look out when she starts driving! We love her dearly and know that she has a bright future ahead of her.
On Sunday, we met with the Site missionaries in their Sacrament meeting at 7:50am. The Site Missionaries then go to the Nauvoo Visitor’s Center to have their Sunday School and Priesthood and Relief Society meetings. Tom had been asked to teach the Sunday School lesson for all the Temple Missionaries and he did a fabulous job. So many of them came up and expressed how much they enjoyed it. We then had a combined Priesthood/Relief Society meeting, where the Nauvoo Stake President (President Church) talked about the good we could accomplish if we would serve in other wards and branches throughout the Stake. So they will be assigning the new couples to many of the wards and branches as we were when we arrived. They will love it, I’m sure.
After the block the new couples were set apart at various times in the Temple. Then at 2:30 everyone had a lunch at their home for the new couples that we were hosts of. Like I mentioned before the Gentry’s and the Dalling’s are great and we had an enjoyable time getting to know them better.
At 4:30pm we began some training in the Temple, we had the privilege of starting the training in the Assembly Hall (this requires permission from President Monson).It was a long day but a great one. These new couples will be a great asset and help so much during the busy summer months.
Everything is so beautiful and green here. Yesterday it got up to 85 degrees! We love you all and thank you for your love and prayers. Thanks for being so special.
Mom & Dad/Nana & Papa/Elder & Sister Shaw