Our Eternal Family

Our Eternal Family

Monday, May 8, 2017

     We have been home now for about 6 months,  We have been doing Jed and Annie, and Thomas and Elizabeth, and sharing Stories from the Sites for home-evenings and firesides.  And have really enjoyed remembering our experiences there in Old Nauvoo.    We loved our mission so much and are really missing Nauvoo, Carthage, and the Spirits of the Saints who lived and walked the streets of Old Nauvoo.   And of course, the Missionaries whom we love so much.

     This experience of serving a mission is more than we could have ever dreamt of, and we are so grateful to Our Father in Heaven, and those who had the confidence in us to serve in Old Nauvoo and Carthage.

Elder Horlacher as the driver of the team of horses for the Rendezvous play.  That was his favorite part I think.  The teamsters thought he was to mean to the horses.

We had just arrived in the mission field and were ask to try out for parts.
At the Nauvoo Visitor Center in front of the first vision Statue.
This is how it was after Renedezvuou
Heather making pottery with Elder Horlacher looking on.

Elder Horlacher with Christene at the Family Living Center working with the pottery

We loved our mission.
Ready to go to Renedezvous in our back yard.

Relief Society
Thomas and Elizabeth.  Thomas telling Lizzy we would need to build a pen for the chickens and buy a roster.
Thomas will be tripping over his whiskers before he sees Elizabeth sitting on a wagon, leaving Nauvoo.
Too Old, Too Old .......................There for a minute I Thought you might be to old.

And so Nauvoo, I say Farewell to you,
Where Prophets walked and talked with God,

Farewell Nauvoo, Farewell Nauvoo 
Because we have to ...........Because we want to
All of the Jed and Annies That were left when stopped doing the Part.

Fairy Godmother
Valentine Party, Family Living Center and Cultural Hall.

Carthage Jail

Practicing our Slap Dance.  We did preform one night a week in Sunset by the Mississippi.

Nauvoo Visitor Center,  Sister Horlacher working Guest Services

The Jonathan Browning Home, The small cabin in the back
Our MTC group,  Elder Doying Was sick and they had to leave for surgery, They had been out almost six months.   They did not return and bro Doying pasted away about 9 months later of something totally different 
The Valentine Party.   The Cultural Hall where Joseph and Emma Danced in their day.  What a wonderful experience.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Our Farewell to Old Nauvoo.

     We have been home for several months now, and finally are ready to finish our blog.   Our good-bye skit was interesting.  As Jed and Annie are no longer in Rendezvous we decide to lay Jed to rest.   We had about 12 or 15 couples leaving, (what is sad is that several months out I'm not sure).   Some of the Elders built a coffin.   The Elders sang Poor Jude is dead, only they changed it to Jed.   It was silly but a lot of fun.   After breakfast we left, said our good byes and went to our home to finish packing and were on the road.   It was labor day week-end so we hit traffic and travel was slow.   We thought we could get to the ranch, where we thought we would spend a few days resting.   We got to Denver Co and started up the canyon and hit massive traffic,  About 2 miles an hour.   After about 2 hours we turned around and headed back to the city to find a room, only to find there were no rooms available.   We finally found one of the real expensive rooms, but decided we were too tired to keep looking or drive on home.   We got to the ranch the next day and found everything in order.   Our family, kids and grand kids had been there and made the place wonderful.   The neighbors said the place was pretty bad and that our family worked so hard.   We are so grateful for our family and the love they have for us.  They were soo supportive of us on our mission and just simply in our lives.   We feel so blessed.

     We loved our mission,  we are so grateful that we did not miss our mission.  Now that we are home we are glad to be with our family and able to see the grandchildren in their many activities and just be with them in their homes.   We, however, do miss Old Nauvoo, and the missionaries  that we love so much, and the spirit of the early Saints who lived and walked the streets.   We thank Our Father in Heaven, and Joseph Smith, who trusted us enough to represent them on our mission.  Each of our children and their family came and spent a week with us and were able to feel of the spirit of Joseph Smith and the Saints of Old Nauvoo.   We are truly changed for having this opportunity.   We Thank each of you for your love and support.   Please take the opportunity to visit, your life will be changed.