Elder and Sister Werner, one of the senior couples here at the sites thought it would be a good idea if the local missionaries entered a float in the parade.
So Elder Werner drew up some plans with the help of his computer, and the missionaries started to work. We projected the words, that were to carry our message on the float, onto a wall and traced them onto freezer paper.
Tables were set up in the basement of the Hill Cumorah Visitors' Center, and as missionaries had time, they painted in the letters.
We are blessed to have Sister Weber, an art student, here on a mission. She did a large part of painting the frame divider for the float. The front half of the float had a living room scene of a pioneer family and the back half a scene of a modern family. The following message was on the side of the float:
"STRONG FAMILIES STILL BUILD STRONG NATIONS".
On Saturday morning, the senior missionaries that weren't working at the sites met together to assemble the float.
We pounded and wired and stapled and taped!
We climbed ladders, draped crepe paper and had a good time!
Then we rested a little!
The parade took place on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 PM in downtown Palmyra. Elder Watts and I didn't get to watch it because we were working at the Hill Cumorah Visitors Center, so Elder Hales, a fellow senior missionary took pictures for this blog post.
The family dressed as pioneers rode on the front half of the float . . .
. . . the modern family rode on the back half of the float. . .
. . . and six young missionaries walked beside the float handing out free copies of the DVD,
Together Forever and the pamphlet,
AND . . .our float took 3rd place!
BEST OF ALL, we were able to share a message about the importance of families!
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