Elder and Sister Watts

Elder and Sister Watts

Hill Cumorah Visitors' Sites Mission Statement

"Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life."
3 Nephi 5:13

Friday, December 31, 2010

CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAYS: VI - A Visit Better Than St. Nick!!!

Besides wrapping gifts for school children, watching the First Presidency Christmas Devotional, mailing Christmas cards, and decorating, what else can cheer up holiday homesick senior missionaries more than a visit from grandkids.  Of course it's always nice to see their parents too.

Picture at Grandin Building

So, imagine how happy we were to see our oldest daughter, her husband and their three kids when they arrived here two days before Christmas!  It was fun to do many of our traditional activities like hanging stockings . . .

. . .opening new pajamas on Christmas Eve . . .

 . . .leaving cookies, milk, and a note for Santa . . .

. . . and enjoying a nice Christmas meal.  (It's not that exciting cooking for two, so we were glad to have a group to cook for.)

Christmas morning was fun too!!!

On other days we loved taking our family on tours around all of the Sites.
The Smith Family Farm (above) and the Sacred Grove (below)

The Book of Mormon Historic Publication Site

The Peter Whitmer Farm

The Hill Cumorah Visitors' Center

We also enjoyed Skyping with our other children in Oregon and Minnesota.  We are so thankful for all of our children and their families and the kindness and love they showed us during this Christmas Season while we were away from home.  We are also thankful for the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ that gives us the knowledge of the wonderful principle of Eternal Families.


  1. I think you were missed as much as you missed the holidays at home! I can't believe you guys have been gone a year!! Keep up the great work! It is fun to hear about your experiences!

  2. What a great blog you have. We have just been called to join you in your mission in August. We would love to correspond. Thanks, Kent & Kae Servoss, kservoss@gmail.com