Hi Everybody! I can't believe another week has flown by. The weather has been beautiful - still a few tulips and lots of fragrant lilacs. You can see the spectacular sunset by the Mississippi, which is also the name of the variety show we are practicing for. Believe it or not, I am learning to tap dance!
I also got to play in the Green Room (rehearsal room) for Rendezvous, which was a little scary. The music goes so fast. But it was fun! I'll be playing for shows after a little more practice. I also got to perform in Rendezvous for the first time. You'll all have to come out and see me on stage!
I got to work in the Bootmaker's shop, the Tinsmith shop, the Log Schoolhouse, the Cultural Hall, and the Wilford Woodruff Home this week. I am so touched as I learn about the saints who lived in Nauvoo.
Lucius Scovil (Scovil Bakery) was called on a mission from Winter Quarters shortly after his wife and baby twins died. He left other young children in the care of others and said he shed "a folly of tears" as he left.
George Riser had a very successful boot shop in Ohio. He sold it when he heard about a new religion in Nauvoo and moved there with his wife and baby to check it out.
Phoebe Carter, Wilford Woodruff's wife was converted to the Church in her late teens. She left her parents and family and traveled 600 miles by herself because she felt so strongly about joining the saints in Kirtland.
The great sacrifices and unfaltering faith of so many have stirred my heart. Wilford Woodruff said: "I was in Nauvoo on the 26th of May 1846, for the last time, and left the city of the saints feeling that most likely I was taking a final farewell of Nauvoo for this life. I looked upon the Temple and City as they receded from view and asked the Lord to remember the sacrifices of his saints."
Indeed He has. Their sacrifices are now memorialized, and I am amazed to hear the stories of the missionaries here who have likewise sacrificed so much to be here.
Have a happy week. I love you!