It really made you stop to think about what these pioneers went through. I thought about my girls with their little boys, and thought about what it would be like to lose them--I can't imagine it.
Following the visitors center tour we all were able to go on an endowment session in the Winter Quarters Temple. That was really special to be in there with all of these wonderful people. It was just a really special experience for us. The temple was beautiful and you also felt the sacredness of its location- knowing that many Saints had lost their lives in this area as they were trying to go west to the Salt Lake Valley.
We loved what we were taught in our seminar...we talked so much about building the faith of our missionaries and helping them to gain a greater understanding of the Savior and His atonement and love for them. If we can help their testimonies grow and become firmly planted in Christ then everything else will fall into place..obedience, hard work, baptisms, etc. As they come to love the Savior then they will naturally want to do those things that please Him.
We are so grateful for this wonderful gospel and to be able to share our testimony with others about our Savior and His atonement. We know He lives and loves each one of us and that He gave His life for each of us so that we might be able to live again as eternal families with our Heavenly Father.
We know that following Jesus Christ is the true way to happiness. We love this gospel and are so grateful for the peace and guidance it gives us in our lives.
I believe winter has now come to Canada. We woke up this morning to snow coming down and it has continued all day long. We had to drive the two hours to Lethbridge tonight for a baptismal interview and the further south we got the more it stuck on the road. It has stayed about 32 degrees all day and is supposed to get down to 21 tonight (which is about -6 celsius). I'm still trying to figure out the celsius stuff!
After attending a Zone training meeting tomorrow morning we will head back to Calgary to prepare for our upcoming zone conferences that begin on Thursday. Never a dull moment on a mission!
|Winter Quarters Temple|
|Bronze pioneer statue|
|This beautiful statue depicts a husband & wife who had to bury their baby-the cloak around them represents the love of the Savior for them|
|Dad coming out of the log house replica|
|The original grave marker of Amy Sumner Porter and her little boys|
|Painting depicting Winters Quarters|
|Me with Sister Gardiner of the Omaha Nebraska Mission- we knew each other before our missions--we were in training together, so it was fun to see each other again!|
|The Canadians! Us with President & Sister Manion of the Edmonton Mission, and President & Sister Craig of the Winnipeg Mission.|