Monday, November 28, 2016

Nauvoo Week 50 (21 - 27 November 2016)

Nauvoo Week 50 (21 – 27 November 2016)

This was another exciting week!  We continued with the training of the new missionary couples throughout the week.  On Monday, we had a special Temple Session to facilitate their training and then had a wonderful luncheon at the Arrival Center. 
The new couples then had the afternoon to finish moving in, shopping and getting acquainted with the area.  We helped the Borrowman’s get set up with their internet modem and DVR which they greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, started the new week and the first day following the semi-annual close down for cleaning; there were quite a few people, but not as many as we had expected-the weather was somewhat unsettled.  We worked both the morning and evening shifts as the training of the new missionaries continued.

On Wednesday we served in the morning and the Temple was closed in the afternoon to allow all to prepare for Thanksgiving.  The Presidency held a training meeting following the morning shift in the Arrival Center.  Following the meeting we traveled to Burlington, IA to eat dinner and go to a movie.

Thursday was THANKSGIVING; and we are so grateful for all that we have been blessed with.  We have been born of goodly parents, have wonderful brothers and sisters, have eternal companions, have been blessed with beautiful and faithful children and grandchildren and have loyal friends and neighbors.  What more could you ask for! 
We love our mission in Nauvoo and feel privileged to serve here and to walk where the Prophet Joseph and our ancestors walked.  We have been blessed beyond our wildest expectations in spite of our natural man desires.  We are grateful to a loving Heavenly Father who loves us.  We are grateful for a loving and selfless elder brother, Jesus Christ, who gave His life that we might live.  We are grateful for the Holy Ghost and the inspiration, comfort and patience He shows to us.  We know more by what we feel than what we know by what we know because of its’ promptings and testifying to us.  We know the President Thomas S. Monson is a living Prophet of God and as we listen and follow his council we will become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ.
 We know the Book of Mormon to be true and we are members of the one and only true church on the face of the earth.  We love life and the many, many blessings that have been showered down on us.  We give all credit of who we are to our Father in Heaven.

Friday, we served in the afternoon/evening shift and had another wonderful experience.  Also, Peter Christensen (a former Assistant and missionary in the Marshall Islands) visited us. 
We had a great lunch with him and then he attended the Temple in the afternoon.  It was great to see him again, he works in Missouri with the US Government Bureau of Land Management.

Saturday, Pete came over and we went to lunch at a Mexican restaurant in Hamilton, IL.  The food was great, we then served in the Temple for the rest of the day.  Pete returned home.

Sunday, we went to church in Mount Pleasant, IA and enjoyed the meetings.  Following the block meetings we visited two less active families: Luis & Elizabeth Lugo and Clarence & Cindy.  We let them know that we missed them at church and invited them to attend.  We then returned home and talked with Scott & Malia and Paul & Kellie.

We are grateful for each of you.  We love you with all of our hearts and look forward to again giving you all hugs.  Thanks for your patience, support and love. 

Mom & Dad/Nana & Papa/Elder & Sister Shaw

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