Sunday, September 11, 2016
"And now I would commend you to seek this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles have written, that the grace of God the Father, and also the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, which beareth record of them, may be and abide in you forever. Amen." (Book of Mormon: Ether 12:41).
When I returned to Utah I settled next to my Dad, Hiram Dayton's 2nd-great grandson, Leland Kay Dayton, and concluded my incredible mission in Nauvoo at this side of the bookend Pres. Hinckley described. My dad lost some of his children in various ways, but like Hiram, he never questioned the Lord or murmured. He was valiant in his faith to his very last breath one month ago.
temple, the Salt Lake Temple.
"They look toward one another as bookends, between which there are volumes that speak of the suffering, the sorrow, the sacrifice,
even the deaths of thousands who made the long journey from the Mississippi River to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake."
As the stake president told me when he interviewed me, "Consider this more like a transfer than a release." Accordingly, I am daily rejoicing in my opportunities to share the gospel and bless the lives of others! I treasure this time with my mother and the opportunities that lie before me.
Ten days later my dear father slipped peacefully away while my mother and I sat near his side. I'm so grateful that I was privileged to be there at that time.
I didn't have enough money to pay the $500 change fee for my daughter Aimee who was flying out to drive back with me. Nevertheless, by the end of the day several thoughtful missionaries who knew nothing of my plight had quietly slipped $600 into my hands - another Nauvoo Miracle.
Five days after my last post, on Friday, July 29, 2016, I left my beloved Nauvoo Mission for a new assignment. My 92-year-old father's health suddenly deteriorated to the point that he and my mother needed continual help. At the same time both my brother and sister who lived nearby moved from the area.
Through fasting, prayer, attending the temple, and counseling with my mission president, the Lord made it very clear to me that I had completed all He sent me to do in Nauvoo. I was now needed at home - to help my parents prepare to cross the veil.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
All the Quorum of the Twelve were sent as a body to preach the gospel in the British Isles. There were thousands of converts who then came to America to help build the temple in Nauvoo. The impact they had on the Church is amazing!
Here we are at Carthage Jail. Isabelle loved Pioneer Pastimes!
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
I looked at my tire, and it was completely flat. Then as I was getting ready to do my next wagon tour, I noticed that another man and his son were out using their compressor on my tire. He said it might not hold the air, but he did what he could. I was so grateful.
When I returned from my wagon tour, there was a note for me in the depot that said: "Found the nail, plugged the tire. Raymond." I was so touched. Sure enough the tire was fixed! How often do you find someone who is a complete stranger who is willing to do something so thoughtful for someone - with no recognition?
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Tuesday was my birthday, and so many people remembered me! It was really special. My friends the Blacks brought over a surprise birthday cake. My companion Sis Rollins put matches on it, since we didn't have any candles. They worked great! I even made a wish and blew them out - and we didn't catch the house on fire!
Sunday, June 26, 2016
During the meeting the mission president was impressed to change it from the middle of the program to the closing hymn. It was a powerful spiritual ending to the meeting for all of us. I'm so grateful for the incredible man Joseph Smith was and for all he sacrificed to bring forth the Restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
I was playing the piano for our Rendezvous show. It goes so fast that I can't look away for a moment without losing about 16 measures. Well, as I was playing a fly lit on my face. For one entire song it crawled all over my face, which tickled like crazy. I could hardly stand it, but I had to keep playing. Then it crawled up my nose! I don't know how I made it through the song, but somehow I did. Yuck!