|Looking like the beginnings of spring|
|Visitor Center flowers|
We had two large groups of new senior missionaries arrive from the Provo Missionary Training Center. We have two other large groups arriving in April and May. We started to have larger crowds in March from spring breaks in Utah, Colorado and Texas. It is wonderful to see the earth replenished and bring forth beauty and start to feel the excitement build for the busy summer months. We are going to be down 10-20 missionaries from last summer. There will need to be compromises on how the sites are staffed to get by with our reduced missionary force. It is my understanding that the number of Senior Missionaries serving in the church is down 20 % this year. We are taking our reduction along with all other senior missions in the church. So everyone - turn in those mission papers and begin to receive a great blessing in your life to serve the Lord wherever that service may be needed!
During the slow winter months, I spent many hours in the sites working on a church missionary system called the Teaching Center. It is a combination of call center, chat forum and a place for people to request for more information about the church. Senior missionaries here in Nauvoo, young Missionaries on Temple Square and young sister missionaries here in Nauvoo during the summer can participate. We can monitor incoming communications from all over the world that originate on the mormon.org website. This could be people who want to chat about the church. It could be people who want a free bible or Book of Mormon. Our job is to answer the requests and work with the people on the other end. If possible, our goal is to have young missionaries throughout the world go to their homes and deliver a free Bible or Book of Mormon and share a message about Christ and the restored gospel. I communicated with 800 people during the winter months. From these 800, I was able to refer close to 400 people to local missionaries in Africa, Australia, the Philippines, South America, Europe and all over the US. In March, I was blessed to learn that the local missionaries were able to baptize nine people that I had referred. Overall, thirteen people have been baptized by local missionaries during my time using the Teaching Center. It was such a special feeling to receive this news and follow up with either the missionaries or new converts to learn more about their baptisms. The Teaching Center efforts will be a mission highlight memory for sure.
In March, Sister Rober and I began our assignment of teaching the senior missionaries their song and dance moves for the summer show Sunset by the Mississippi. Make no mistake about it - Sister Rober is doing the teaching. I am background technical and moral support. The show opens on May 27th and runs until August 12th. It is a high energy variety show featuring the very talented Young Performing Missionaries who will be arriving in early May. Our goal is to provide joy through music and entertainment in this show on the outdoor stage every night except Sunday.
|Sister Rober teaching Sunset show to senior missionaries|
|Brigham Young Home|
|Brigham Young Dining Room|
| Brigham Young Council Room where many important meetings took place|
|John Taylor Home|
|John Taylor Dining Room|
|John Taylor Parlor|
|Wilford Woodruff Home|
|Wilford Woodruff Dining Room|
|Wilford Woodruff Parlor|