Today was a very special day because we were assigned to the Carthage Jail and visitors center. We are always pleased to be assigned to this site because of the spiritual feeling which we get their. It is so special to be in the very room where Joseph and Hyrum Smith gave their life for the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We explain in detail the events which occurred at the Jail those days in June. We completed our assignment and attended a fireside with the BYU Young Ambassadors. They sang church songs which were very touching. We recognize the growth which is occurring in our lives and feel very blessed to called on a mission to Nauvoo.
The last few days have been fun. Gayle and Ted, Del and Renee came last Monday and left Wed. morning. It was so great to see them. They visited us at the sites and then we had lunch. They attended one of our shows. We attended the temple and had dinner. We want to thank everyone who has come to see us. It is so wonderful and means so much.
We had our debut in Rendezvous Thursday night, the 7:00 show went well, and then the 8:15 show we had a few problems, but over all it went well. We will do it again Thursday. We are doing Jed and Annie. I think after the fear has left it will be fun.
We are looking forward to another week. The streets of Nauvoo are getting busier with lots of groups and buses. Many wards bring the youth to Nauvoo to feel the spirit here. You can't help but feel the spirit of Nauvoo as you see the Temple, and attend the many activities such as the performances, and go through the tours of the homes and business which were here in the 1840's. We really enjoy being a part of this wonderful place.
Fast and testimony meeting was very special today, the spirit was so strong. One of the young Sister missionaries bore her testimony today and shared an experience she had this past week. She said she was taking a father and a girl, 11 yrs old, through the jail at Carthage and the father shared with her as they were walking up the path to the visitor center, the young girl stopped and turned to her father and said, "Daddy, I feel like we should take our shoes off, I feel so special here." He said she had tears in her eyes. There is such a sweet spirit at Carthage. Sad, but you know that Joseph Smith and Hyrum did seal their testimonies with their blood. Joseph could have denied everything and the mobs would have left him and saints alone. But you can know that he couldn't because he did see God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ, and he was called of God to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ and he could not deny for he knew he had seen them and he knew God knew it.