Monday, April 27, 2015

April 27, 2015- Babies, Talent Show, Richardson's Point, Visitors and Artifacts

Dear Friends and Family,

            Greetings from Nauvoo! So much has happened here in the past two weeks since I last wrote! First and most important; Matt and Amber (our daughter) gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on April 21, (which is also our daughter Christy’s birthday). She weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz. and they named her Ivy Louise Buhrley. She has tons of dark hair, and is so cute (even though I am a little biased)! This is their fifth child, and Amber is our fifth child, which also makes it extra special. She had no complications, and the baby was born very quickly. We are so happy for them, but sad we couldn’t be there.

            This past week has been full of birthdays for our family; Poppy turned one year old on April 20, Christy and the new baby on April 21, Archer Steimle turned 5 on April 22, and Heather and Wendy Williams (Ryan’s oldest) had birthdays on April 24. Whew! And this week we celebrate Harvey Williams and Cooper Watene (Mossi’s oldest) birthdays. April is a great and busy month!


Last week, we had the Nauvoo Mission Talent Show, which is an annual event. Many of our new missionaries participated, and there is so much talent in this mission. There were over 24 musical numbers and what a variety; vocal solos, quartets, readings, violin numbers, a jug band with banjo, guitar, bass, rhythm instruments such as tambourine, jugs, and washboards! Elder Schultz and I did our same song and jokes as we did last summer in the Sunset show, and I sang a duet with Sister Schwindler who played guitar; “Walkin’ in the Sunshine” (a song written by Roger Miller). There was a comedy skit called Nauvoo Goo, and 3 excellent piano solos by an 83 yr old sister, President Brinley, and our mission secretary, Sister Brown. It is never boring around this town!

            Last week we also had 3 special experiences; the whole mission drove out to Richardson’s Point, we had 45 Amish people come into Nauvoo, and we had the privilege of giving tours to 24 women from The Second Baptist Church in St. Louis, Mo. 

Richardson's Point
     Richardson’s Point is about an hour from Nauvoo on the original pioneer trail of the Mormon saints who left Nauvoo in 1846. It is a special place because it took 3 weeks to get there in the wagons, due to the terrible cold weather, rain, and mud. They had to stay and camp there for 2 weeks before moving on. Three people died there, and are buried, including an 18-month-old baby boy named John Tanner. It is owned by a nonmember family who has made a special monument to the saints and their struggles here. This family built a fence and walkway down to the grove where they are buried.  We felt it was important to all go out there on a Sunday night and have a devotional, to honor these pioneers and the people who have preserved their memories. We had music, the owner gave a brief history, and there was such a beautiful spirit there. It had been raining that day on and off, so it was muddy, and we felt a little of what it might have been like for them. He told us that the farmers who own the property along this pioneer trail do not plow over the wagon ruts, but around them. That is how much they honor the sacrifice of the saints!

These are our APs and they are in Dads and my district! Sisters Pugmire and Hintze. 
The 2 women in bonnets are the owners who are no members.

Meeting Amish Families
            Then, the next Saturday, we had the wonderful experience of bringing 5 Amish families to Nauvoo from their community near Cantril, Iowa. Since they do not drive, our vans went out there (about an hour/half from here) and picked them up. They have always wanted to come, but felt it was too far with their buggies. Many of our Teamsters (who take care of the horses) have gotten close to these families, because they purchase our Nauvoo horses from them, and buy many of the supplies like bridles, feed, etc. from them.  So these Teamsters worked out all the details for them to come. All of us missionaries also shop out there at their big store called “Dutchman’s”- where they sell whole grains, and all kinds of organic natural whole foods; meat, dairy, produce, etc. They came into the Visitors Center first, so we were able to give them a tour of the Women’s Garden and the Center, and show the film “Remembering Nauvoo.” They were all reluctant to see it at first, because they do not watch television or movies, but when Elder Schultz called it an “historical documentary,” then they would see it. I bonded with a cute family of parents and 8 children; John and Marie. They had 2 sets of twins; girls who were about 7, boys who were about 5 and 3 teenage boys and a baby girl. They were all so friendly, and open-minded. The children were well-behaved. I felt a real kinship with the mother, because we both had 8 children. I bore my testimony to them out in the Women's Garden when we got to the family circle statue, that families are eternal, and that we can be together forever. They were all dressed in the typical Amish attire; homemade plain clothing, and the girls wore white hats, while the boys and men wore straw hats, and had beards. It was such a rare experience which I shall always cherish.

More Visitors
            Then this past weekend we had a visit from 25 Baptist women who came on a weekend retreat to see Nauvoo. We helped plan their days and evenings with wagon and carriage rides, films, the Rendezvous show, and visiting the historic sites. They couldn’t believe everything was free. They travel to other places like the Lincoln Museum, which usually cost a lot of money. They wanted to give donations, but we can’t accept them. After the film, Elder Schultz held a question and answer time that lasted half an hour! They had so many questions about the Book of Mormon, and Joseph Smith- but they weren’t confrontational or negative at all! They were so delighted to be here, and loved every minute. I packed all of them bags with brochures and a Book of Mormon, and challenged them to read it. Then I also gave a tour of the Women’s Garden, which is in full bloom right now with gorgeous tulips! This also was an amazing experience that will be a lasting memory for me.

            I forgot to tell you that in the first week of April, we had a special one-on-one experience in the Red Brick Store with Lach Mackay (I told you about him a few letters ago). He is the head of all the Community of Christ historic sites, and a wonderful man. He is a direct descendant of Joseph Smith through a daughter of Joseph Smith III. So we call each other “cousin.”  He told me that in the basement of the store are a lot of artifacts that are from the Nauvoo era. We met him there, and he showed us bins and bins of things from the property of Hyrum Smith. I was so flabbergasted to see this! There were bottles, fence, chains, and pottery, pots, dishes, utensils. And spread out on tables in the center of the room were items from Joseph and Emma’s homes; glasses, dishes, bowls, pitchers, etc. He even allowed us to take pictures. This was such an awesome experience, I can’t even put into words! To realize that these were items actually used by my ancestors was so amazing. We truly felt honored to have this experience.

With Lachland or "Lock" McKay head of Community of Christ historical sites: Kirtland temple, Independence, and Nauvoo.  Great great grandson of Joseph Smith III. Same generation as me so my cousin

            I want to express to all of you my great testimony of this restored gospel. We are so honored to be here in Nauvoo on a mission, to represent these great people. We call this city the “crown jewel” of the Mormon faith, to visitors who come here, because of all it represents to us; Faith in following a prophet, and love for the Lord, who organized a perfect church on the earth to help us return to Him and His Father.              

Love you All! The Schultzes

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April 15, 2015-Guest Bloggers, Carl & Lynnae Knapp (Nancy's Sister)

We just watched Harry and Nancy in their show called "Rendezvous" and they had lead parts and sang duets! A fun way to end our wonderful Nauvoo visit. We go home tomorrow and won't see them for two years !

(This is Christy, Nancy's daughter)

          Nancy's Sister, Lynnae Knapp, is only 1 1/2 years younger than Nancy. They have been close their whole life. She and her husband will be leaving to Guatemala soon on their 2 year mission so they decided to visit Nancy and Harry to see their life and tour Nauvoo.  These pictures have been taken from Carl & Lynnae's Instagram posts.

       We're on our way to Nauvoo, Illinois to see Sister Nancy and Elder Harry Schultz, thanks to the goodness and generosity our our wonderful sister and brother, DeAnne and Mark. We're sooooo excited and love them very much!

Here at the Nauvoo Stake Center. This is a missionary breakfast to say goodbye to all the departing missionaries.

We shared breakfast with all the missionary couples that were serving. We got to meet a lot of the people Nancy and Harry work with and their Mission President Gibbons.

Nancy and I are standing near the Indian Burial mounds from the people who died between the ages of 300 B.C. to 500 A D here along the Mississippi River.

This is Carl and I with Tomassi and Irene, where we just visited their beautiful round home and They are related to the Wolfgramms. They have 14 children and 58 grand children.

We are here with the Tukuafu family that are Tongan and are related to the Wolfgramms two or three generations back, they live here in Nauvoo and we have come to meet them. They built this beautiful "round" house.

They make instruments and sing together.

Irene plays the "Lyre" that she made.

This is a bread knife and she's cutting the bread she made.

Sister Tukuafus woodworking shop. 

Stopped to see the temple quarry where they made the ancient stones for the original Nauvoo temple. Sorry about all the different pictures, but I promised Aunt DeAnne I would send her everything we are going to visit and see.

Guess who we just ran into and found out is going to live right next door to Nancy and Harry, here in Nauvoo? Yep, Phil and Susan, Knapp, our Bro and Sis-in-law who are called to serve here and they just arrived today!

Found this house in a little town, close to Nauvoo and it was settled by the Mormons. Read the plaque.

On the wagon ride before conference.

Carl and I are on a horse drawn wagon ride, through Nauvoo. This is our view of the Temple.

Carl and I sitting on the wagon as we finish the tour.

We got a minute remembrance tour and climbed 12 flights of stairs up to the very top of the tower. We has been there.

In front of the temple after a temple session.

We are here in the Nauvoo Visitor's Center watching conference with Phil and Susan! Who would have ever thought this would and could happen, just 4 weeks before we leave to go on our Mission to Guatemala. They just arrived yesterday, and they have been given a house to live in, literally right next door to Nancy and Harry! Wow, "the Lord doth truly provide". We are having such a great time here, together with the Schultzs and the Knapps.

Carl and I In front of the Nauvoo House , D&C 124 that's mentioned in there.

Carl in front of the first Joseph Smith home, called the "Homestead House."

This is the 3 Head Stones of where Joseph, Hyrum, and Emma Smith are buried, outside of the original Smith home, in Nauvoo.

We are upstairs in the Red Brick Store House where all the meetings took place and where the first Relief Society met. Last weekend, for the Relief Society anniversary they had a special meeting and got permission to have it up here in this room and this is where Nancy was able to give the closing prayer, because she was an actual descendent of the Smith line.

Carl in the Store House.

We're having Easter breakfast here, next door, with Phil and Susan, obviously I'm taking the picture!

This is Carl just standing in front of where you walk down the sidewalk. If you look straight behind him, is the Carthage Jail. We will be sending a lot of pictures with regards to that because that's where we visited today.

This is me standing at the top of the stairs where the mob came up to the room where Hyrum and Joseph Smith were martyred.

Carl is pointing to the hole in the door where the bullet came through and shot Hyrum in the face.

We are standing in front of the window where Joseph fell out of the window when he was shot and fell to the ground below,

We are standing on the ground where Joseph fell out of the second window, next to the little well. It was a really neat experience to be able to go back and see all of this today between the two sessions of conference.

We are with 4 other missionary couples, having a traditional Easter dinner, after conference, here in Nauvoo,

This is me, on a Horse drawn carriage ride, with Carl and we stopped to see across the Mississippi River.

This is part of the posted names who are buried at the little Nauvoo cemetery where we have come to visit today. Obviously they have moved Hyrum, Joseph and Emma to be buried right there in Nauvoo.

Carl and Harry leaving the cemetary

Me standing in the old, original cemetery that many of our Smith ancestors were buried here.

More Smith family names that are buried in Nauvoo cemetery.

We drove down by the river and Nancy showed us the original little, Old StonyArch bridge that the Saints built to get across the canal, going down to the river.

Ok, me standing in front of Lucy Mack Smith's , where she lived at the time of the martyrdom!

Nancy and her friend standing upstairs!

Me sitting on the tiny little narrow stairs going upstairs at Lucy Mack Smith home.

Lucy Mack Smith's tiny "laying-in-room" for the elderly or pregnant women so they didn't have to go up the "narrow" stairs! It was placed right in the middle of the living room area, so they didn't have to miss out on the socializing and visiting of that women who came to visit.

We are in the Visitor's Center with Nancy and Harry and they are showing us around. This is one of the only 3 remaining, original sunstones on display here. It was a very emotional, yet awesome feeling as we stood and realized it's sacred meaning. We are so glad we came here to Nauvoo! Hopefully you have enjoyed all of my posts.

         This is a picture of Estel Neff, who is the great-great-great grandson of Kathryn Smith, sister between Hyrum and Joseph. He joined the church 19 years ago and we met him in his gift shop, here in Nauvoo. The picture behind us is of them on their 65th Anniversary.