Saturday, June 27, 2015 marks the 171st Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Joseph Smith Jr and his brother Hyrum Smith. Elder Horlacher had the opportunity of singing with a group of 8 in the program. They sang "The Morning Breaks". It was very beautiful. I had the opportunity of handing out programs. There were over 850 people in attendance. The day was beautiful, a little overcast, but no rain and very little humidity. We were there 2 hours early to get a seat. We had a wonderful program which took place in front of the statute of Joseph and Hyrum. The spirit was there so strong. It was hard to hold back the tears. The Leader of the Community of Christ, in Nauvoo, was there representing there church.
The morning started out at 8:00 a.m. going on the road with ' Nauvoo on the Road.' This is a program were we take a little of Nauvoo to different places to show what Nauvoo is about. This time we had rope making, they can make ropes right there, Pioneer games, the children and adults can participate in, and then we had cutting out rolled cookies, play dough, and then they can have a real ginger bread cookie. What a great time we had. This was in Fort Madison at a park in the poor part of the city. The children and parents, grandparents, had a great time. Many of the children did not want to leave. The City and all of the churches there participated and it was all free. That really started the day off right. Then we went to the Commemoration of the Martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum, which put us in such a high. Then we rushed back to do our show, Sunset by the Mississippi, and then were invited to go to the 70's Hall to witness a preforming missionary open his 2 year mission call. He has helped Elder Horlacher in the Brickyard and I served with him in the Tin shop. His parents had flown in and surprised him. It was very touching. He is going to Mexico City North Mission. Then we rushed back to see the remainder of the BYU Ballroom Dancers for this was there last night. We had let them use our name tags and needed to pick them up. It was so fun. At Heber C Kimballs home on Thursday one of the dancers came in and saw my name tag and said, I'm Sister Horlacher in the dance. It was fun. We meet them all after the show. Our day ended at 10:30 p.m.
We are having 2 of our children come this next week with their families and extended family. What a great time we will have. We love this work and thank our Heavenly Father that we are able to serve in this way. We pray for his choice blessings to be yours.