Book of Mormon read-a-thon (from Caroline’s 10-6-14 email)

By the way, MEET THE MORMONS WAS SO GOOD. YOU WILL ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. TAKE EVERYONE TO SEE IT! Even the grand-kids might like it! Tell everyone I love them!


Last week we had a mission-wide read-a-thon! Instead of doing normal missionary work (tracting, visiting people, etc.) we stayed at home reading the Book of Mormon all day. Here are the instructions President Wilson gave us:


Goal: All missionaries of the Virginia Richmond Mission will read the Book of Mormon the week of September 27 – October 3, 2014.

Notes: 1- Teach all scheduled lessons and keep all appointments.

2- Read the Book of Mormon the rest of the time (personal study, companion study, etc.).

3- Read by yourself or with your companion (decide together, but if your companion can use the help with the reading – please help).

4- You may leave your apartment to read, but please do not read at members’ homes, with investigators or other missionaries. You can read in another location, but do not be distracted.

5- Please do not incorporate any special study plans into this. The purpose of the week is to read the Book of Mormon. We can complete additional study guides another time.

6- Please keep up your 12 Week Program, for those who are in this program.

7- You may forgo language study this week.

8- Please make your own decision about preparation day. You may want to return to your reading once you have written your family and me, and completed your shopping, and completed your cleaning of your clothes and apartment.

9- Please do your service on the day to serve (September 27th) and then resume your reading. The members are anticipating our involvement.

10- Pray continuously.

11- Invite your family and friends to join you.

12- When you have both completed reading the Book of Mormon, please return to your labors.

Note: I know we will see an increase of testimony and spirit, infused into our work as we all complete the Book of Mormon. We will all become more powerful missionaries. The work will go forward in a wonderful way. Additional miracles will occur. Please enjoy this great opportunity to strengthen your testimony and knowledge of this wonderful book – the Keystone of our religion.

With all our love, President and Sister Wilson


The Book of Mormon that I read out of, and my reading chart, complete!


It was incredible! We finished on Friday, and my testimony of the Book of Mormon has grown immensely! I thought it sounded crazy for missionaries to be told not to proselytize for an entire week, but I knew President Wilson was inspired in his direction to us, and I began reading with that faith. Now that I have finished, I can see why he would have the missionaries do that. There is power in the Book of Mormon. Virginia won’t know what him them when 200+ missionaries hit the streets this week with the roaring fire of testimony from the Book of Mormon freshly imprinted in their hearts. I love the scriptures!


I will pass on your message to Tabitha 🙂 She was confirmed in Sacrament Meeting last Sunday, and when the blessing began, I had the impression to write down the words for her. I quickly grabbed a pen and notepad, and wrote as fast as I could, trying to get every blessing in there that was said. Then after, I gave her the paper. Then a few days later, she told me that she was so grateful that I had written her blessing down for her and that it had been so nice to read it that morning; she said it brought tears to her eyes. I’m thankful I was able to hear the Spirit and be ‘Quick to Observe’ (there is a talk by Elder Bednar with that title which I am going to email to you after this email so you can read it. It’s really good!)


Our investigator David who we were helping to quit smoking has gone from smoking 1/2 pack a day, to smoking 2 packs a day because of a leg injury that he has– he can’t do anything but sit, and with no distractions,  all he wants to do is smoke! We have tried to find things to distract him, but none of it has worked… so we are just going to help him come closer to God the best we can, and wait for him to heal before we start back on the smoking addiction. We called him on Saturday Morning and gave him very careful instructions on how to watch General Conference online. He has an old computer and internet, and barely knows how to use it.  When we called the next day to see how it went, he told us he couldn’t get it to come up. We were so sad to hear that! My heart sank, but then he told us that he found a way he could LISTEN TO IT! He told us he would watch the Sunday Afternoon session too– that one he was able to see the video of until the end of the second-to-last speaker, then he had to just listen. All in all, he listened to almost 3 complete sessions! He told us he liked the speakers and it was all sound doctrine. He said he agrees 100%! I know Heavenly Father helped him to figure out how to listen to it. It was seriously a miracle!


Some pictures!  And we went to someone’s house and they had a huuuuge awesome garden.



We went to Chatham Manor last week!!  Here are pics!




I THINK the red-stem-purple-berry stuff is nightshade.



Chatham manor! Some heads.

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By the way, that bee that I took a picture of in the last email was as big as my thumb. So scary. *shudder* Still Chatham Manor


Still Chatham. There is a musical gate!

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That is the Rappahannock River, by the way! Not sure the spelling of it though… Chatham!

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Too much fun with Pan. Still at Chatham.

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Inside Chatham (my camera died before we went inside last time…)

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Almost done with these pictures. But I gotta send em!

These trees were here during the civil war!

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Fish in the pond!

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Fall at Chatham is pretty!

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That’s it from Chatham!!! Whew….





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