Monday, May 29, 2017 – Watering on Memorial Day, Jared & Tere Tour FM, Depart of Home, Charles & Charlotte Arrive, Sunset by the Mississippi, Kyle on Stage
Even though today is Memorial Day and most of the full time staff of FM have the day off, all of the missionaries still put in a day of work. Since we are in the service of the Lord, there are no holidays off for full time missionaries with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas days. It is a blessing to work and serve every day.
This morning Jared & Tere and their sons came over to FM and took a tour of the “Facilities Management” compound to see where their son Kyle would be working for the next six months. Kyle is excited about being a full time Service Missionary here in Nauvoo and he can’t wait for Thursday, June 1st when his Mission starts.
This morning after the tour of FM we said goodbye to our family. At about eleven in the morning they were off on their 1500 mile trip home. We’ve really enjoyed their stay with us and wish them a safe trip home.
This afternoon my brother Charles Quist and his wife Charlotte arrived in Nauvoo to visit Sis. Johnson and I for a week. We are excited to have them come and stay with us. In fact we are delighted that this summer we will have several families come to stay with us. Last year we had six families come for a visit and we’ve already had three families come so far this year. It is wonderful.
This evening we performed in “Sunset by the Mississippi.” Charles & Charlotte came to see us as well as our grandson Kyle. The show went off without a hitch, unlike the first show we did on Saturday night that had several glitches. Sis. Johnson and I had the début of our duet, “Senior Moments” and it went perfectly. Sis. Johnson and I have never sung a duet in front of a large crowd before so this was a very scary experience but now that we have the début behind us I think it will get easier from here on.
During the show our grandson Kyle was asked a couple of time to come out of the audience onto the stage and participate with the YPM’s (Young Performing Missionaries). His favorite part was a satire of the 1959 hit song by the Coaster, “Along Came Jones.” In his part, Kyle played the rescuer; “Jones” as he saved the damsel in distress from several sticks of dynamite in an abandoned mine. What a hoot, Kyle was great.