Dec. 11, 2012:
Sister Fowers and I were serving in the Riser Boot Shop today when we had what we have learned to call a "Nauvoo miracle". Neither one of us have ever been there to serve before. The sweet little story isn't very hard to grasp, but the demonstration on how to make a shoe---now that's another story. I was reading the instructions and we were trying to figure it out. Well, it wasn't making any sense to either one of us. We didn't know if we would have any tours or not but wanted to be prepared in case we did. Well, then Elder Poulsen walked through the door. He's the site leader there!!! I can't even remember why he had stopped by. It was their preparation day and they were heading out of town. But he gave us a demonstration on the making of shoes and it made a whole lot more sense than when we were muddling through it on our own. We did have one tour and were so thankful that he had come by and showed how to do that. The couple was Sister Fower's friends heading home from Kirtland, Ohio. They had been on a mission there.
The sweet little story is of George and Christianna Riser's infant son, John Jacob, who was ill, nigh unto death. The Prophet Joseph Smith and Orson Hyde gave him a priesthood blessing and he was instantly healed. George and Christianna were lead shortly after to get baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints.
What a wonderful blessing to know that story and to know that the priesthood has been restored to the earth as a part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ's Church in these latter days and blesses families.
Our Rendezvous cast went to out to dinner in Burlington tonight. We rode over with the Sim's. It was very nice. I was a little leery because we went to a Mexican restaurant but the food was great. Burlington's about 30 miles from Nauvoo.