Category Archives: Priesthood Restoration Site

THE SEASONS ROLL ON….

Fall is surely here…how can I tell; well let you give you a few tell tale signs.

The leaves have turned, and the colors are spectacular. Here on the farm is one of the very best displays of bright Reds, Golds, and Oranges anywhere. As you walk to the grove, you are surrounded by all of the vibrant shades that appear to glow with a radiance that is unmatched. But just to confirm we took a ride up the ski lift at Bristol Mountain ski resort to take another look. IT was fantastic, even thought we reach the summit of the mountain at just over 2800Ft (yes hundred, not thousand, like out west) But even then, it was a great excursion. We went with our mission President and his companion as well as with our good friends the Staker, who are facilities missionaries and help keep things in repair and functioning so we can function. We chose to hike on of the cross-country ski trails at the top rather than take a chance of falling down the Double Black Diamond run on the way down.

 The second thing that signals the fall here is the ending of the LSG season. Yes, with the end of October came the very last LSG (Large Scheduled Group AKA Bus Tour) But not only that, but we also said good by to our own LSG’s (Loving Sister Guides) their time was finally up at the end of October, and they now have all headed out to their full time proselyting missions. We held a celebration of sorts (more like a Last Supper) for the departing sisters. Amy, in usual Amy fashion, out did herself in making a beautiful Rice Crispy tour bus with all of the sisters as passengers. It is rather quiet here (a good/bad thing don’t you know) but mostly bad. We miss them but know and hear of the great things they are doing in their fields of labor. And we are left here to carry on. So far it has been rather busy as we try to figure out how to balance in-person tours with virtual tours with only one couple at a site.

For a Halloween treat we participated in the Palmyra Ghost Walk. It was a fun time as we trapsed through the cemetery and were entertained and taught by a dozed ghosts (AKA historic site guides) about influential people and events here in the Palmyra community. It culminated in a serving of local Apple Cider and Donuts. A great way to spend an evening our in the BRISK fresh air. As we entered the fall season It was amazing just how many pumpkin patches there are here in the area. As we drove the 35 miles to the Whitmer farm it seamed we passed a dozen pumpkin patches. And when there was not a patch, there was a roadside stand selling pumpkins and gourds. I love some of the funky designs God has placed on these pumpkins/gourds.

 This past week thing heated up here near the Grandin Publishing building, and not in a good way. As the missionaries arrived to open the site, they were soon greeted by several fire trucks. Actually, fire trucks from 5 surrounding communities to be totally accurate. The local laundromat, which is merely 150 ft from the back of the Grandin building, was a blaze. It shared a wall with one of the local Museum as well. As they fire teams tried to put out the blaze, they ran into a myriad of issues form little to now water pressure to losing control of hoses and knocking down firemen and fences. The decision was made that the Laundromat was a total loss, but they poured water on the shared wall to keep the museum from going up in flames. They were successful in keeping it contained. Oh, did I neglect to tell you the between the fire and the Grandin building are 3 apartments that our Sr Couples live in. Miraculously they were not damaged, now even any smile damage. There were 2 14-year-old boys caught who had set the fire and watched the building burn.

But let’s not end on this dismal note. We also made a trip back down to the Priesthood Restoration site to do a bit more training and got to see some of our sisters we loved and lost to the Pennsylvania site. There we were able to share a tour with departing missionaries for the Pennsylvania mission as they got to go to the site. While we were there, we took the 30-minute detour on our way back home to visit the Josiah Stowell and Joseph Knight homes just outside of Colesville. We were able to get a personal tour of both homes and learned a lot of history that added to what we have learned here while serving at these sites of the Restoration. The Josiah Stowell home is where Joseph and Emma would sometimes meet while courting, and they have the actual fireplace mantle that was brought from the courthouse where Joseph and Emma were married. The Knight home was the location of the meetings of the Colesville branch of the church who later were called to be some of the first settlers in Missouri.

Well, you are all caught up now, so we will say goodbye for now, and always remember that you are loved.

Sister and Elder Isom

A Funny THing happened on the way…

Many mornings we take an opportunity to walk in the Grove early as the sun rises over the Hills and makes its way through the trees. It’s been great to see over these last few days how many more people are coming to visit the Grove as the days get longer and warmer. We’ve had an opportunity to meet many interesting individuals, and this week was no exception. We met a gentleman whose name is James Dunne and as we talked, we found that he was a convert to the gospel and that he also had a passion for creating music. For the past several years he has been engaged in setting many of the verses and themes inside of the Book of Mormon to music ads he shared with us, and I am sharing with you, a connection to his music that he has created, hoping that it will help you to feel a bit closer connected with some of the individuals from the Book of Mormon and their challenges and struggles that they faced. I don’t think we can have too many supports and strengths in knowing others have been able to succeed in times of trial as we may also be facing many of our own trial at this point.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=james+dunne+words+of+the+prophets

https://trebleclefmusic.com/services/songs-from-the-book-of-mormon/

We got the opportunity to go to Harmony PA this past week to the Priesthood Restoration site. We did some training with the new couples there on the tour scheduling tool. While there we took a tour with some of the sisters that are serving there. What a great experience for us. It is amazing when you get to feel the spirit of the experiences that happened there. I gained a greater understanding and love for Emma and what she gave up as she embarked with Joseph on his mission as the prophet of the restoration. I have always known what a help and support she was for Joseph, and the tremendous love they had for each other. But now I know better how she was prepared to be the helpmeet for the prophet. What a tremendous blessing for both Joseph and us that she was the chosen instrument of the Lord as well.

This past Sunday we had the opportunity of being with a number of the sisters at the Hill Cumorah visitors center. We have just opened it up for virtual tours, and this was a learning experience for all of us as we set out to be able to share with those who had scheduled appointments the special blessing of this place. I have to say that the sisters did a phenomenal job as they gathered their thoughts and organized their approach on how to present this over a zoom connection. It was very powerful, and many of those who joined us via Zoom were touched by the spirit. Apparently, they did such a good job that this coming Sunday this same group will be back again to share with the next group of folks the message of the Hill Cumorah. Well actually it comes down to the fact that they are rewriting the schedule for next week, and we have new sisters coming in, and so until they get that part of the schedule written they decided that they would just duplicate Sunday and Monday. No matter, it was a great experience, and we look forward to being there with the sisters once again.

It seems like every Sunday that we have an opportunity to be with our Ward family at the Lyons Ward we are blessed because of their spirits and their testimonies. This last testimony meaning we were nonetheless blessed by each of the testimonies that were born. But it was interesting that there was one comment made in a testimony that touched my heart and has cause me to think this week much more deeply. The brother bearing his testimony said that a “testimony is a tremendous tool …  but conversion is our actions on those beliefs from which our testimony spring”. This week as I thought about this, and the special place where we are currently serving, I gave thought to the testimony of Joseph Smith as he went into the Grove to pray. He said that he was inspired by a verse in James chapter 1 verse 5 that says: “if any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God who give it to all men liberally and abraded not and it shall be given him”. And then it goes on a little bit further and it says: ”but let him ask in faith nothing wavering”. Young Joseph acted in faith as he prayed, not only was he interested in understanding the answer to his prayer, but he had the faith to act on the answer that he received. I think that is what this brother was trying to help me understand. That having a testimony is a wonderful thing but acting upon those things of which that testimony is built, helps me to gain the conversion that I need to endure in these trying times.

Of all the places in the world that we’ve had the privilege of visiting Sister Isom has had one place on her bucket list for a very, very long time. Well hopefully in the next few weeks we will have an opportunity to check that item off her bucket list. We just happened to be a few hours away from that great place that she wants to visit. We will not tell you what it is, you may be able to guess, but look for it in and upcoming episodes soon.

For now, just know that you are loved, and that we are so grateful to have you as friends and family in our life. We are thankful for your thoughts and prayers that helped sustain us in all that we do.

Sister and Elder Isom