Thursday, November 29, 2012

November 29, 2012

Nov. 29, 2012:
Earl Rogers
9:37 PM (20 hours ago)

I just wanted to thank everyone for your contributions to the hay for the horses here in Nauvoo.  We received 72 bales (3x4x8) on two trucks (36 bales each) totaling approximately 40 ton!  The hay is the most BEAUTIFUL grass/alfalfa hay you have ever seen.  The horses love it!  Casey told me last night that over $8,000 was donated by the former teamsters (including all of you in our group).  That basically paid for the the hay and part of the shipping!  Each bale cost a little over $100 plus shipping.  We had about 30 bales of local grass in round bales left, so we are going into December with just under 60 ton total.  That should last us into April or May.  Thanks for your generosity and for your service.  Tom is bearing full weight on his bad foot again and the horses are in great shape.  Things are looking good here in Nauvoo.  Hope all is well with you.  We are especially thinking of Tex Hoopes and praying for his recovery.  - Elder Rogers

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

November 27, 2012, note from Sister Elia

Historic Nauvoo Visitors Center
Nov 26 (1 day ago)

Aloha Brother Stevens and Elder and Sister Scott,

I'm Sister Elia, a senior missionary serving in the Illinois Nauvoo Mission.  One of my assignments is the Call Center, where I follow-up on referrals.

I called the Alcantar's and talked to Marco's wife.  She was very friendly and shared her feelings with me.  I appreciate knowing where you were when you filled out the referral card - Wilford Woodruff's home.  I was able to use that as a springboard for our conversation.  WW and his wife were very much in love and were grateful to know of the restoration of the Gospel and priesthood authority to seal families together forever in temples, etc.

Mrs. Alcantar said that they'd talked with Nathan about the church and have had missionaries over several times.  She didn't volunteer why they didn't continue but she did say that they've been discussing families forever.  She's due with number 2 at any time.

It's not convenient right now with trying to buy a house, moving, and having a new baby.  I suggested that she take the time to go online to where she will find many ideas and helps that aren't just LDS teachings but beliefs that are held by many who want a happy, productive life.  I mentioned that that's probably one of the reasons you and the Stevens like to talk, because you find many of the same things important.  She readily agreed.

So, the sum total is that when they get Chicago she knows that she can go to to contact the church.

Keep up the excellent work, Nathan.  I know the Lord blesses us and our efforts as we reach out to others to share the good news of the restoration of the gospel It comes to mind, Nathan, that when you do know when and where they'll be arriving in Chicago, you could contact their ward area Elder's Quorum to help in getting them settled.

Isn't it just wonderful to have the gospel in our lives?

Mahalo and happy thoughts,
Sister Elia

Sunday, November 25, 2012

December district assignments

December Cleaning and Sunday Assignments

Chad Green
9:29 PM (9 hours ago)
to mepoulsen3openshawrrfjardine
Hello District Leaders,

Our assignments for this month are:

Sunday:  Bring Bread, Prepare & Cleanup Sacrament

Cleaning:  Women's Garden Statues, Ox Reader Boards & Quarry Reader Boards

District Responsibility:
Week ofDist. Leader
December 02E/S Scott
December 09E/S M. Poulsen
December 16E/S Openshaw
December 23E/S Jardine

Thanks for all you do for the mission.  You are engaged in service to your Father In Heaven, so many sites-so little time and your schedules are full.  May your blessings be magnified and your memories be cherished.

E/S Green


Saturday, November 24, 2012

November 24, 2012

November 24, 2012:
I served in the Wilford Woodruff Home today with Sister Endter. We had three tours, the Monney's family came and Sister Monney gave their tour. Then a couple came and gave us a referral. It warmed our heart to receive one. They come few and far between.
Elder Scott made dinner tonight. The pumpkin recipe that Sister Green gave him. It's pretty good, in fact, way too good!!!!! I'm sure it is loaded with calories.

Friday, November 23, 2012

November 23, 2012

Rendezvous email check

nauvoo director
11:53 AM (7 hours ago)
to RichardGailYuriConnieAlKarenRussellGillilandChadJenniferHenryFloydJackGregorySergioOrrinThomasMichaelOrsonShirlEarlRussellmeSimsWilliam
Hello Joseph Cast,

I am sending this to check and see if I now have properly added everyone and deleted some that have returned home. I hope you will use occasion in the Green Room to let me know if things are not getting through to you. I believe I had added some of the new missionaries to my home computer and didn't follow through here at the office.

You all did a wonderful job last night. You have all responded to the fact that we need to keep that back door quiet and the Green Room noise down. Thanks SO much for all your efforts there. I have sent in a Service Request to have the Green Room doors serviced as well as the doors at the top of the stairs to the Cultural Hall.

We continue to have the air/conditioning or heating (whichever it is) coming on repeatedly throughout the performance. I have taken note that it appears to happen the most frequently during Peter and Abigail and Jed and Annie. Things could change as we get colder weather (like today) and it might come on more frequently. Just remembe,r everybody...PROJECT your voices.

It is hard for me to monitor Relief Society from backstage (Abigail) but I didn't hear the duet last night. I heard two rounds of "Public Courtship".... Thanks to Elder Openshaw for filling in and I hope that is not part of the reason for the glitch. I will take the blame for ALWAYS singing the one half of the duet ( the one I learned as a "newbie") and I will start singing the other half for all to hear. 

You are all doing such a wonderful job and I hope that you believe, not only me, but all the guests that comment as they come through. I try to share as much as I can of what I hear and I know that some of you receive rave reviews apart from mine.

We had a LOT of children last night and that can be disruptive. The night before a large pink coat was left on the floor by a little girl and E/McBride (Editor) told me about it. I went up front and picked it up so the WILLINGLY Elders would not trip on it. I signaled to the family that I was moving it and set it over on the side pew by the piano. These things are going to happen. Luckily we have not had a child get in the way and be stepped on. If you notify me of these things I will always be happy to "fix" them so you can continue to do your job.

I think Moffet and Wright did very well at projecting the lines to the audience last night and not to the back wall during the exit. It is always tempting to turn around and speak while leaving. 

Elder Poulsen, you project very well and as you turn your back to the audience, it works well because you wait to say your lines when you have turned back away from the men onstage and face the audience again.

Nice work EVERYONE! A round of applause for Sister Green for the heavy load she carries! What would we ever do without S/Newman????

Sister Poulsen
P.S. Thanks for all your efforts to learn the Christmas Tree Song. We are sounding stronger all the time!!!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

November 22, 2012

Nov. 22, 2012:
Thanksgiving Day and I'm homesick. This is a hard time to be so far away from home and family. I love and miss them so much. But I am still grateful to be serving my Savior, Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father on a mission here in Old Nauvoo. I'm thankful we can talk to them so easily. I know it would be harder if we couldn't. I hope Cecil gets better and they all have a great day.
I can't imagine the things the Saints went through here. Like Heber C. Kimball and Brigham Young leaving on a mission with out purse or script and not knowing if they would ever see their families again because they were all so sick with the ague (malaria). Not knowing if they would live or die and yet having enough faith to go.
It's been three years since mom passed away and yet I'm missing her like it was yesterday. She is still the best of the best in my mind. I wonder if I will ever get through the mourning process.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Brian L. Taylor letter, November 21, 2012

Love from Farr West

Brian L Taylor
12:23 PM (6 hours ago)
to AnnetteAaron,JosiemeRANDALL.WOOLSEYBradReidTracyToni
Dearest Loved Ones,
I am writing on behalf of my Dad, Brian, to update you as to why you did not receive your weekly contact from him.

He had gashed his leg on his bed about 2 weeks ago but did not notify anyone until it was very inflamed and sore.  We took him to see the Dr. who requested he get an ultra sound to make sure there was no blood clot. No clot was found. He was to keep his leg elevated above his heart for several days which he faithfully did.  But the lying down weakened him to the point that three days in a row, he fell in his home.  His second fall injured his back.  Nothing broke but he is extremely sore. He is on bed rest until he can get rid that pain.

Our family has decided that it is time to have someone with him 24/7 to get him through this tough period.  So each of his children are caring for him at his home.

If this wasn't enough to deal with, Sunday we received news that Dad's only living sibling passed away.  Aunt Zesta was 99 years old and had lived a rich, full life.  Thankfully she was able to graduate peacefully.

Dad asked me to update you to his circumstances and to tell you,"  I am sorry I skipped a cycle but I am not up to sitting at the computer yet.  Even though you haven't heard from me, I am getting a little stronger each day.  I want you all to know I still love you!"

Since I am the one that works most on the computer, you may receive updates through me until he is again able to sit at the computer.

Love you dearly,
Karma Lattin

Sunday, November 18, 2012

November 18, 2012

Nov. 18, 2012:
We held our first district meeting tonight. We feel like it went pretty good. We are grateful to our Heavenly Father for the help we received and the spirit we felt there. Everyone was so willing to participate and the discussions were informative and interesting.
I feel weak in this calling, but with the spirit to guide us, I guess I'll survive.
We had dinner and it was delicious. We held it at Elder and Sister Christensen's house. They have a large table and plenty of room. All in all, I guess it was great.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

November 17, 2012

Light up the Tree practice

wayne call <>Sat, Nov 17, 2012 at 8:58 AM

To: Wayne Call <>


Elders & Sisters

There is a practice planned for both casts together for our "Light up the Tree" song for the Christmas walk, December 1.  The practice will be Thursday, November 22--after Thanksgiving dinner and clean up!!!
Please bring a flashlight and have the words memorized because we'll be in the dark.  Sister Poulsen will be directing and Sister Green will be accompanying. 

If you have family here for Thanksgiving, they will be welcome to come and watch the rehearsal.

Thank you

Sister Call

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

November 14, 2012, emails from Holmsteads

Nov. 14, 2012, Emails from Holmsteads
To our hard working friends who are continuing the work in Nauvoo,
We are still alive and kicking and have not fallen off the face of the earth. Thank you for being patient in hearing from us. We appreciate the emails we have received from Nauvoo. We have been home a month now and have finally settled in. After we left Nauvoo on Sept 15th we went to Kirtland. Next to Nauvoo, that is our favorite church history area. So many amazing things happened there. The senior missionaries and YSM do wonderful tours and testify of the Savior in their presentations. We had no idea of all that happened in Kirtland. Then we headed to North Carolina for a two week visit with a new grandbaby. By the way, that is the best transition from a mission we can imagine. Playing with the 3 and 5 year olds and holding a new one, is the next best thing next to a mission. We actually did a session in the Washington DC Temple on our way there. It had been our temple for the 10 years we lived in New Jersey, but it has been 25 years since we had been inside. (But who's counting?)
We left NC a little teary eyed and headed to Independence, MO. We attended the Kansas City Temple, which is near Liberty Jail and ask for a tour of the temple. One of the ordinance workers said that a sealer here in the temple as a daughter and son in law serving in Nauvoo. I knew she meant the Jardines. She said that Sister Jandine's father was in the temple that day. We wanted to meet him but he was in a sealing room and although we checked back later he was still busy. While serving with Sister Jardine she had told me what a remarkable man he was and the ordinance workers felt the same way.
Liberty Jail has a great spirit about it. The recorded narrative and dramatization really a leave and impression, much like Carthage - a great love for the Prophet Joseph and those who suffered so much. From Nauvoo all the way home we enjoyed listening to The Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt. It is now a book on CD's. We got it in Nauvoo at the LDS bookstore. To listen to events and an eye witness narrative of all the places we were visiting made the book and the places more meaningful.
After Liberty Jail we took a tour of the Community of Christ Temple, which is more like a visitors and community center. But we were glad we had taken the tour. The LDS visitors center in Independence is also very good. The have seniors and YSMs. The YSM's serve a few days a week at the VC and Liberty and a few days out in the field doing missionary proselyting work . The Kirtland YSM were on the same kind of schedule. Fewer non members visit the Independence and Kirtland sites than Nauvoo, so their tours speak right to the heart of the Latter Day Saint. We absorbed all we could hold. We wanted to know everything so we took much longer at each stop than the ordinary visitor probably would. It was not the busy season so the missionaries were happy to spend time with us.
At each site when they saw our missionary tags and learned we were from Nauvoo we became celebrities. They wanted to know what we did on our mission and they all expressed hope to be able to go to Nauvoo. Elder and Sister Bradd Brown had preceded us by a few weeks and they were remembered fondly.
From Independence we went to the Far West Temple site, with the four corner stones, and then we found our way to Hauns Mill, Mt Pisgah and on to Council Bluff's and Winter Quarters. A funny thing happened in Council Bluffs, at the Kannesville Tabernacle Visitor's Center. FYI: the Kannesville tabernacle is a reproduction of the building that was erected in 3 days as a meeting place where Brigham Young was sustained as the President and Prophet of the Church and the First Presidency was organized. There is a small visitor's center there and it was a busy day because they were participating with other businesses and museums on a special activity where. As visitors stop by, the missionary stamps a flyer that will enable the visitors to attend an event free and get an ice cream or something.
Anyway, there was only one senior couple on the shift - which is 6 straight hours - she was in the small visitor's center, he was in the Tabernacle. Just as they hoped, many people came in and several people wanted to know what this place was all about. There are some impressive displays which the missionary explains, a short film and then they are directed outside to the other building which is the Tabernacle. The two missionaries were swamped and before we were even able to take the tours ourselves, the sister missionary saw us with our badges, learned where we were from and handed us the flyer and the stamps and said "Here will you do this?" So we were put to work for a few minutes with our missionary badges and our travel clothes. It was really very funny.
Winter Quarters has another great visitor's center. The YSM there have the same rotation as the ones in Independence. We love our Nauvoo young sisters and were amazed at how they could teach the visitors, and we were just as impressed with the YSM's we met at each of these other stops. The Lord has prepared a great army of daughters to further the work.
We then went to Northern Nebraska and enjoyed General conference at my brothers home, saw Mount Rushmore, and spent a day in Yellowstone. We had another experience there. We were leaving the Old Faithful Visitors center to get something to eat before the next eruption, and a lady, a little older than we are, was walking toward us from our right very purposefully. I tried to make eye contact because I was sure she would run right into us but she never look at us. Just as we stopped, so we wouldn't run into her, she stopped and said, "I'm a Mormon, too." She asked where we had served and when we said Nauvoo there was oh-h-hs and ah-h-hs like we had learned to expect. Then she said that she knew a couple serving there, the Christensens, Doris and Al. What a small world! ! ! We said that they were dear mission friends and they had even been in our district. The lady's name was Della Cox. She said that Sister Christensen was a nurse practitioner and been in their home many times. She thought the world of them and I assured her that all of Nauvoo did too.
After Yellowstone there were several other stops and then we arrived Saturday the 13th of October in Lehi. Our meeting with the Stake President provoked a special tug on our heart strings as we were released and came home and took off our badges for the last time. I always took comfort that the Savior's name was on there with my own. It was like lifting a mantel of comfort that had been wrapped around us for the last year and a half.
It has been wonderful to be home. And although we miss Nauvoo, we know that we are needed here. There is some family history work to do - not genealogy - but putting histories, patriarchal blessings, newspaper clippings and biographies together for the early members of the church from both sides of our families. The most special things is to be with our children and grandchildren and to be more available for them now.
We pray for our friends in Nauvoo, that you will stay well and healthy and be sustained by the Spirit of the Lord in the work you are doing.
We love to hear from you so please put our email on newsletters you send to friends and family.
Take care of each other.
Love, The Holmsteads
Randy and Janene
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Wilford Scott9:16 AM (8 hours ago)
Hi Holmsteads,
Thanks for writing. It's good to know you are home safe and sound. That baby is sure looking you over! And smiling! Cute! Sounds like you had a nice trip home. Elder Scott and I are the new district leaders in the Dan Jones district. They are keeping tabs on us though. Elder/Sister Call, who were the last district leaders and now he is a councilor in the mission presidency, are in the district. And Elder/Sister Green, who are the new Zone leaders, are in the district. Elder/Sister Christensen are the only other ones. Should be rich and spiritual meetings with them. It's not something I ever wanted to do. But we try to do what we are asked and hope they don't throw us out. You were great leaders. I miss all of you "Golden Oldies" a lot. I served with Sister Baker yesterday. She said she is about the only one left. McBrides, Newmans and Heatons are still here. That's about it. Oh well, that's life in Old Nauvoo. 
Well, better go get ready to go to my site.
Take care and enjoy home,
Sister Scott
Janene Holmstead
9:52 AM (7 hours ago)
to me

E/S Scott,  How wonderful it is to hear from you and we appreciate that with your busy schedules you would take the time to send your greetings.  Congratulations on your assignment as district leaders.  Both of you are so dear to us and set such a wonderful example for us.  We know you will provide great leadership for your district.  I can guarantee you that no one is going to through you out.   Wow, what a district!  Please give our love to the Calls, the Greens, and the Christensens.  We admire you both so much.  It was heart wrenching for me when E/Scott ask to be assigned to the other sites instead of being assigned to the barn.  I witnessed him struggling for weeks.  I knew how difficult it was for him yet he continued.  However, his courage was evident not through his struggling and hurting and not being able to do all that he wanted to do, but recognizing that he could be as valuable a tool in the hands of the Lord serving at the other sites as he could be at the barn.  We love you both so much and miss you.  Have a wonderful day!  Winking smiley emoticon
With love and admiration,
E/S Holmstead