On the outside it may appear that as site missionaries we are merely tour guides. But Nauvoo is so much more than a tourist attraction where we explain how to make a horseshoe or a red brick. Every single site is designed with key messages where we relate the things in the site to principles of the gospel - in just a sentence or two - power statements.
It is such a joy to testify of Jesus Christ in such meaningful ways! One Episcopalian couple that visited here from Indiana said with tears glistening in their eyes, "The most powerful part of Nauvoo is going to site after site and experiencing the love and powerful conviction of the missionaries. They have sacrificed so much to be here and they know what they are saying is true."
A missionary told me yesterday that she asked her 9-year-old granddaughter what was her favorite thing about Nauvoo. She thought the response would be Pioneer Pasttimes, making a rope, or getting a cookie or horseshoe. But her granddaughter replied: "There is a part of God that flows out of the missionaries and lands on you. You feel special and loved." That's how Nauvoo makes me feel too.