It is “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass”, and I owe my conversion to this couple who supplied a small lesson, which led to a great, eternal blessing.
Ten years ago, a heaven-inspired couple chose to show a certain video during a class they were teaching at a church youth conference.
The video was of contestant Paul Potts singing Nessun Dorma on Britain’s Got Talent. In the classroom was 14-year-old me.
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We too, if we follow our Leader in perfect unison, can experience true joy in the daily living and dance of the gospel!
Every fall, I have the chance to participate in the technical side of a Polynesian dance production at BYU called “Luau”.
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We will be guided by the Savior in our ministries as we remember that this is His work, and it has to be done His way.
Photo by Brandon Olsen
Near the end of the British Pageant, one of our productions in Nauvoo, the recent proselytes in Britain mount a ship to join the body of the Saints in the United States.
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Can you imagine how joyous our reunion will be when this life is over and death is conquered?
Illustration by J. Ken Spencer
If you’re the type of person who keeps track of holidays, you’ll know that this past Thursday, July 25th, was “Christmas in July”.
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To those of you who still feel the pain of the death of a loved one, I want you to know that our Heavenly Father understands your feelings.
One of the greatest messages of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that we will be able to be reunited with our loved ones who have passed away.
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When we learn to see the people around us as their family sees them, we can more thoroughly understand how the Savior loves us.
Several years ago while at BYU, an old friend and companion from my mission called me and asked if I would accompany him to visit the family of a missionary who was still serving in the field. We both knew the missionary well and I agreed to go along.
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I know that the Savior truly is “the light of the world”. Indeed, “He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life”.
Sister Mueller is pictured on the bottom row, second from the left.
Several weeks ago, Sister Mueller, one of the missionaries who serves as a technician here in Nauvoo, was asked to train for a position she had never worked before: operating the spotlight for our big show, “The Promise”.
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Until the blessed day when we will all cross the threshold back into our heavenly home and embrace our Heavenly Parents and our Savior, may we “press on” with peace in Christ.
On the “Trail of Hope”, a guided historical reenactment here in Nauvoo, two wonderful sister missionaries sing a pioneer hymn penned by Eliza R. Snow:
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We are all children of our Heavenly Father, and the love we give to our fellow brothers and sisters will always be returned to us by our Father and by our Savior.
One evening here in Nauvoo, my missionary friend, Elder Morgan, was performing on the Trail of Hope, which is a guided historical reenactment of the exodus from Nauvoo. Elder Morgan’s role on the Trail of Hope is to deliver a monologue extracted from an 1800s journal entry by Martin Peck, one of the original members of the Nauvoo Brass Band.
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The Savior will strengthen us as we make our best attempt, or even desire to make our best attempt, to find joy in this life.
Photo by Jordan Larsen
One of the shows we perform here in Nauvoo is called “Sunset by the Mississippi”, which takes place on an outdoor stage and is full of high-energy, family-friendly songs and dances. One of the acts is a clogging number, “Orange Blossom Special”, named after a train in the east coast that ran so close to the orange trees that any rider could lean out of the train and pick a blossom from the trees. In the photo above, you can see the final pose of that dance.
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