Nauvoo Week 51 (28 November – 4 December 2016)
This week was full of training at the Temple. We trained three couples in the Baptistry; they moved us from Tuesday evening Baptistry to Thursday morning. The new workers are having to take over positions that were held by others, who left in November. We also trained a couple to take over our Wednesday night Initiatory assignment.
The Droste’s were going to go to Utah the week before we finished our mission, so we went to dinner with them. We may see them when we get home.They are district workers who are from Iowa, who live on the grounds and work full time.
On Thursday, following our morning service we went to lunch with Brother & Sister Morgan (Hannibal, IL). They are wonderful friends that have served in the Temple for many years. He was recently changed from an Ordinance Worker to Veil Worker due to his call to the branch presidency. They come to the Temple every other week for the entire week…they are amazing!
They have decorated the grounds for Christmas, it looks great.The Christmas tree and manger scene were beautiful.
Saturday was Grandpa Pearson’s Birthday, he turned 94! The Lord has blessed him with good health and we are anxious to see him soon. We love you Dad. We worked Saturday evening in the Temple. Our assignment included officiating the final session for the evening. A couple had come from Texas and just missed the 5:00pm session. So they did some Initiatory while waiting for the last session. They were Spanish. Tom was able to do Initiatory in Spanish for the husband. They were the only ones there for the session and so we asked if they would like to have it presented in Spanish. They happily said yes and they had their own special session and we were blessed to be the officiator and follower. We talked to them afterwards in the Celestial room and they told us that they had just been sealed in the Temple last September. This was her husband’s second time through. The first time was in English and he had not understood it very well. It meant so much to them that they could have it in Spanish and that he understood it so much better. Tom was the only one that evening who could do it in Spanish which was such a tender mercy. The Lord is in charge and He is in the details.
We have only one week left and it is bitter sweet. We will miss being here as the pioneer spirit is so strong here. We have met and worked with many wonderful people and have learned so much more about our Prophet Joseph Smith and those who lived here. We are excited to be back with our family and look forward to spending special time with all of you. We love you and thank you for all for your support and prayers.
Mom & Dad/Nana & Papa/Elder & Sister Shaw