We have been called to serve in the Nauvoo, Illinois Mission from March 2014 to September 2015. We will be serving in the Visitors Center and at Carthage. We will also be tour guides in the pioneer village.
Come and visit us while we are there. We would love to see you all! The season for show performances is from May through August, and the Nauvoo Pageant is only during the month of July.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
August 16, 2015-Pageant Openings, loads of visitors, and our own family reunion
Family and Friends,
Whew! We made it through July! We
kept calling it “the tsunami” because of how many visitors we were able to
greet, help, teach and entertain. We had over 2,000 per day. The pageant people
estimate that about 55,000 persons watched the two pageant in one month. It
seemed we ran from one place to another; serving in the Visitor's Center,
narrating wagon rides, setting up the sound system for the Sunset shows,and performing Rendezvous twice a week. Then
we ran to the pageants to help hand out brochures and programs. It was
wonderful to take part in this second summer season. Elder Schultz was in
Sunset every night, and we performed our “Summertime” song with his jokes,
twice a week. Every night we were so exhausted we literally fell into bed.
Part of our busy-ness was all the
visitors who came to see us and experience Nauvoo and the pageants. We had 3
solid weeks of visitors that made this mission more wonderful. We had the young
sister missionaries from last year come as a group. It was so fun to have them
to dinner and hear about all their activities after their missions. Then we had
Bart and Karen Grant, originally from our Brea ward but moved to Utah a few
years ago. Then my 2 sisters Cheryl, and Dianne, with their spouses, my
brother David, and my cousin Cindy and her daughter, Tiffany, came for a week, and we had great fun together. I got them
tickets for the shows, and wagon rides and they saw both pageants. They also
went to the Indian mounds, and the Amish store and village on their own.
after they left, my 2 nieces, Daunine and Kristen came with some of their
families for five days and experienced it all.My cousin, Kriss Gates and her husband, Ed, came for the weekend, and saw
the shows and pageants. Also that weekend our former bishop Deric Lords, and
his wife Debby, daughter Missy and grandkids came for 2 days. It was so fun to
see them too!
Daunine & Kristen
Daunine, my sister-in-law Carol, Kristen, Stacie
Ed & Kriss Gates
"We just spent two beautiful days in Nauvoo! My cousin,
Nancy, and her husband, Harry, are
serving a mission there. It was our first
time to be there in the summer to see t
he pageants and summer shows. We loved
Debbie & Deric Lords
Shannah & Stacia
From L to R: Tiffany & Cindy Karrington, Diane & Rick Ingram, Nancy, David Startup, Steve & Cheryl Worsley
Then to finally top it off, we had
our Schultz family reunion with all eight of our children, all spouses (except
for Brian who had to stay in Germany and take a test), and 23 grandchildren.
They rented 2 big homes, and we had a blast! It was a little crazy and hectic but we loved
it! They saw the historic sites, went on wagon, carriage and oxen rides, and
saw the pageants.
One of the highlights was doing a handcart trek together.
Each family had their own handcart, and we only did a one mile, which took one
hour. Everyone dressed in pioneer clothes, including the babies, and it was
fun, but also hard work. I think we all gained a greater appreciation for the
pioneers, and had just a taste of pushing and pulling together, through
streams, up and down hills, over rocky terrain, etc. We also had our own Family Home Evening in the Seventies Hall, which was built to train missionaries, or
the first MTC. We made lots of memories together that week, and it was sad to
say goodbye to them all. Heather and Poppy stayed an extra day, and then
Christy and Spencer stayed a whole week, which we really enjoyed the one on one
We have had many wonderful
missionary experiences this summer; we have planted seeds in the hearts of
nonmembers, and helped strengthen members who came here. We especially have
enjoyed sharing our testimonies with the youth who came with conferences and 2
EFY’s. We have been on our mission 17 months now, and would have been going
home in a month, but we are staying until December. We have loved every minute
of it, and look forward to four more months. We hope you are finding joy in
serving the Lord in your various callings. The gospel is True!! Love, The Schultzes