We have been attending a lecture serious by Susan Easton Black on Joseph Smith. She and her husband George Durant are here for several months on a mission to clean up Land and Records, doing more research, etc. It has been so educational. She talks way to fast to keep notes, but it is so enlightening, we have about 8 lectures left. What a special treat.
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I have served in Guest Services and see so many Book of Mormons handed out. People are really open about learning about the Church. They come here to Nauvoo curious but want to know why the Saints were driven out. What kind of people would drive them out and what kind of people would leave rather than fight. The Book of Mormon does have part of the answer. They really want to know and understand. We often ask what they, our guests, have enjoyed the most about coming here and they often reply, the kindness and the messages that are shared. Our messages apply to everyone, not just to members of the church. Our Father in Heaven loves us all, and wants only the best for us. He wants us all . . . to return and live with him again. We are all his children and brothers and sisters.
My thought for today. "Come As You Are" from a MTC Sisters notes. When you were called to work in this missionary (ward or stake) capacity, you were not required to pass any tests or furnish any proof that you were qualified. No one quizzed you to find out how much you knew about the Gospel, or inquired about your previous experience or training. The only requirement was that you be willing to accept the responsibility of the position you were being asked to fill. Your Father in Heaven accepted you "as you are" when He called you. He was aware of your weaknesses, your problems, and your knowledge of the Gospel. He knew of your capacity to learn and your potential ability. He knew that with His help, you would be able to fill the position if you sincerely try. You have our Father in Heaven to help you. I think about this often, when I feel I just don't know enough, or can't express myself well. I know my Heavenly Father loves me and wants me to be successful. He is always there for me and for you. No matter what. . .
The last group of missionaries that left. We still have a few more to leave soon.
The corn fields have dried up and the farmers are ready to harvest. This is the way to farm. They prepare the soil, plant, and then wait for fall to harvest. No watering is needed, at least most of the time. They have the big, expensive machines that do most of the work.
The geese on the Mississippi. It is fun to watch them. They are everywhere.