Our Eternal Family

Our Eternal Family

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Families are Forever

     When I stop and realize that Families are Forever my heart just pounds with joy.    What a blessing.  I know that Heavenly Father loves each of us so much and wants only the best for each of us.  Our immediate family, extended family, ward family, mission family and friends (which are family), we can be together always if we but chose to.   Lucy Mack Smith, mother of Joseph Smith, said "We must cherish one another, watch over one another, comfort one another and gain instruction  that we may all sit down in heaven together."   That is my desire, we love you.

   The flower pots are planted and placed, and growing like weeds.   The young preforming missionaries are in full costumes and singing and dancing and doing little plays on the streets of Old Nauvoo.   The Brass Band is around town playing.  They are on a wagon pulled by horses.   The Carriage rides, Wagon rides and Oxen rides are all going.   The guests are arriving and Old Nauvoo is bustling.  There are several plays going on all day, and many at night.  The sites are ready to receive guests and share the stories of Old Nauvoo.  It is a thrill to be a part of it all.

    Our days are full, little time to worry about anything.   We were at Carthage again on Sunday with large groups this time, but the spirit is there and everyone is touched.   It does hurt your heart to know of the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum, but you feel the truth that Joseph Smith was and is a Prophet of God and that the church is true.  That he, and Hyrum, did seal there testimony with blood,

   I, Sis. Horlacher, served at the Pendleton Home and Log School today and shared the importance of Education and our continuing to learn.   One little boy ask if I was still learning.   I answered yes, and then thought, it seems I learn new things each day but are also relearning things I used to know.  ha ha  The truth is that our knowledge is all that we can take with us to the other side.

    I still feel over whelmed sometimes but found this little saying which has helped.  The tale of  Two Buckets,  "Two buckets were sitting on the edge of a well.   One turned to the other and said, "I go down and up, down and up, down and up all day, but I always go down empty."   The other bucket smiled and said, "That's funny, I go down and up, down and up, down and up all day, but I always come up full."   It is all in how we look at things, whether they be big or small, important or unimportant, our attitude is everything.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Definition of a Missionary

   It's hard to believe 2 weeks have pasted since we have last visited.  Our lives seem to be much the same.  New assignments each week.   We find out Friday or Saturday what the next week will be.   We have been blessed in so many ways.  Susan and Tony Vargas and Granddaughter came to the Tin Shop where I was serving,  I was out waving to the horses and wagon, when these 3 people walked up, and ask if I knew them.  I took a second looked and could have cried.  It was Susan and Tony (and Granddaughter).   What a fun surprise.   They were our friends from Rancho Cucamonga, in California.  We were able to catch up some.  What wonderful people they are.   We were blessed to have Elder Horlachers brother and wife, Jim and Carrie, come on Monday afternoon and stay until Friday morning.   It was so goooood to have them here with us.   They took some pictures for us, we played cards, and just visited.  We love them and appreciate their love and support.   We found out that we have a great blow-up bed, and even though it will be in the living room, we promise to give any takers a place for the night.
   We did give our talks on Mother's  Day, the subject being prayer,  we realized it was Mothers Day so we made a few changes.   We think it went ok.  Humidity is high now and Elder Horlacher came home soaking wet.   The daily clothes wash has arrived.   The May flies are here, at times as thick as a heavy snow storm. ha ha.
   We started our 2 shows a night of Rendezvous last night and have only 2 practices left of Sunset.  Sunset by the Mississippi starts this Saturday.  Wow, will we be ready?   I think the visitors get their kicks from our mistakes.   Last night at Rendezvous, one of the Elders who came out with us forgot his line and stood there for, it seemed a while, and said "I forgot my line",  of course the audience had a roar.   You must see the show to appreciate.
   One of the pictures is from the Brigham Young Home.   I was giving a tour, or presentation in the room where Brigham and the 12 meet to run the church, after the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum,  when I looked out the window and there was a nest with 4 blue eggs.  The mother robin came and went.   How fun.                                                                                                                                            A Missionary is someone who spends time away from loved ones so others can spend eternity with theirs.   What a Beautiful thought.

    We finally made it to the temple.   What a beautiful experience.   The Nauvoo Temple is beautiful both inside and out.  When you know the Saints story and see the temple and feel of the spirit you can't help but know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true.  I am so grateful to the pioneers, the saints, my ancestors, who gave so much so that we can have the gospel today.  We, I, am so blessed.   Thank you for your love and support.   You are all awesome.   We love you all very much.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Jim & Carrie Horlacher come to visit

Dinner with Jim and Carrie, Nauvoo Hotel 5/14/15
Wait Jed...Stop
Relief Society
Military tribute
1st pratice at Sunset Stage

Robin's nest at Brigham Young's home
Tony and Susan Vargas
at Blacksmith shop
First horseshoe
Blacksmith shop

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Carthage Jail

Fire flies
The 5th time to work at Carthage.  We enjoy
working here so much because the
spirit is so strong.  Jail in background.
With Elder and Sister Chamberlin (Glendale) at Rendezvous

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sunset Picture & Rendevouz Play

Assistant site leader at Log School

Sunset on the Mississippi

All the old folks at the play "Rendezous"

Another Update from Nauvoo

    Another week has flown by.   We were just thinking we were finally in control when we were told we will be on stage with our vinnet, May 16.  We were told at first, July, so the pressure is on and then we were ask to speak in church on Sunday, on Prayer, which I am happy for the subject because prayer is something that is always on my mind.   The pressure just rose a whole lot.   Sunday night was so fun because when we got home the fire fly's  were everywhere.  What a beautiful sight.   I am going to try to catch some. We had a hard rain yesterday and all night.   It really poured and hailed.   As we were on our way home  from the sites, we saw the young Sister Missionaries out looking like drowned mice.  ha ha   We did give them a ride home.  The rain made everything so beautiful.   The farmers had just planted their fields a few days ago and now they have that cast of green.  The State of Illinois is so beautiful.
    Sunday we were on call, which means we don't go and serve in the sites unless another couple can't because of illness, etc.    Elder and Sister Chamberlain from Glendale also had the day off so they came to dinner.   It was fun to spend time with them.   Elder Horlacher's brother Jim and Carrie are coming in a week or so and it will be so fun to see them.   He also has a cousin, from Las Vegas, Sister Gail and Elder Owen Roundy.   Owen if from Alton, Utah.   They are temple missionaries.
     We have a lot of interesting experiences when we give our presentations.  At the Browning Gun shop this week .  We had a big non-member group of older folks from St Louis, MO.  One of our gospel messages from this site is that families are forever.  We take the tour in the back yard of the property and show them a little white picket fence which marks an infant grave of a 6 week old daughter of the Browning's.  I point this out and the way this little grave site lines up with the temple on the hill and explain that families are forever.  That we will all die someday but the temple reunites families.  A lady wanted to talk about that and how she felt....She told me that she was bringing her  93 year old mother back.  She has left her email at the visitors center.  We are getting pretty good about discerning the members and non-members.  We still give our spiritual presentation to both.  We hope to invite the non members to Christ and the members we strive to strengthen.  Things are going to get busy with the summer approaching.  The Young preforming missionaries from BYU and the Nauvoo Brass Band members are here getting ready for there performances.
At our Sunday night zone meeting the Elder Thurston from the Facilities Management group gave the farmer in Iowa who has preserved the pioneer grave site at Richardson's Point a beautiful oak cedar chest which he made.  There is so much good will here.  Today while at the Farm Store in Burlington, Iowa we talked to the employee which we had meet before about Nauvoo and again invited her to come see the play with of all the old timers on stage. I haven't tried this yet but I am about ready to put a post-it note on the back of my shirt (like the ones which would say "kick Me") which would say "Just Ask Me...It's OK)  We are enjoying our mission so much.
    We love you all so much and are grateful for your examples and the support you all give us.   We are grateful to be able to serve here in Old Nauvoo, to feel of the spirit of the Saints.   To walk the streets where they walked.    Since I have been here I realize my Great Grandfather James Royal Cutler lived here in Nauvoo and was endowed here in the temple.   I never realized that before.   I still have a lot to do.   I will be going to the land and recorders soon and will find out more.   I will also be looking for Margaret Poulton's family as well.    We know the church is true and are so grateful for our Savior and Elder Brother Jesus Christ, and for his atonement.   We know we can be families forever.   What a blessing.