|Preparing for the Exodus Walk Program|
On February 4, 2017 our mission had a reenactment activity to remember the great sacrifice these people made to leave Nauvoo. It will be a memory of our mission that Sister Rober and I will never forget. We walked down Parley Street to the river on a day when the wind chill factor was 18 degrees wearing name tags of ancestors we had who lived in Nauvoo. At the end of Parley Street was a flag ceremony and program honoring the many pioneers who died en route over the approximately 20 years they crossed the plains. We were outside for the walk and program for slightly over one hour. It took a few hours to warm up after that. We felt that when we snuggled in our warm bed that night, the pioneers didn't have that luxury. They endured the bitter cold in their wagons. There were even 9 babies born that first night. It would be months before they would be warm again.
The Exodus Reenactment will be a highlight mission memory. It was a significant spiritual experience that will change my view of Parley Street forever. We know that the hand of the Lord was with these people on their journey. They could not have done it without the help of the Lord who they put their trust in. They did have great faith and courage. They were obedient to their Prophet who said they must leave for their safety. Brigham Young had seen in a vision the place they were to settle. One and one half years after crossing the Mississippi the pioneer companies began arriving in the Salt Lake valley.
Several faith promoting stories of ancestors in Nauvoo were shared at a Mission Exodus Fireside. Nahum Curtis, great great grandfather of Sister Rober had an amazing conversion story. In 1833, in Michigan, after Nahum and his wife, Millissant Waite, had head the missionaries, they were laying in their bed conversing about principles they had heard for the first time, when they noticed their room began to get light. It got lighter and lighter until it was as bright as noonday. They then heard a voice say: "Nahum, the Book of Mormon is a true record of the ancient people who lived on this continent." Their whole family was then baptized and they joined the Saints in Kirtland, Ohio. Later, in Nauvoo at the time of the Exodus, Nahum and his family packed their wagon and walked through the difficult, muddy streets to leave Nauvoo. His family camped for 2 weeks while Nahum went back and forth to and from Nauvoo helping others cross the Mississippi. He wore himself out helping others then died in Nauvoo in March, 1846 before he, too, could leave with the saints. He is buried in the Old Pioneer Cemetery in Nauvoo.
Exodus Reenactment activities:
|Sister Rober Sharing About Nahum Curtis at the Fireside|
|Staging for Walk|
|Parley Street, Flags from Ancestor Countries|
|Program at the River|
|The Nauvoo Legion|
Elder Lowe Facing West Playing Taps to Honor the Memory of Those Lost on the Plains
|End of a Remarkable Day in the Nauvoo Mission|