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Was an exciting time for us at Colesville Restoration Inc. On September 17th, we were visited by a tour-bus load of folks from the Church's Historic Sites Division, including current Church Historian, Elder Steven Snow and his wife who is, coincidently, a decendent of Joseph Knight Sr., ELder Marlin Jensen, Church Historian emeritus, Elder Richard Turley, Assistant Church Historian, Reid Nelson, Managing Director of the Church History Department, along with Alex Baugh, Larry Porter and many other notables. We, along with faithful volunteers, had labored many, many long hours in preparing both the Knight home and the Josiah Stowell home for these distinguished visitors.
Our goal was to have the interior of the home completed to as perfect a state as possible to compliment this auspecious occasion. We were informed, originally, that the bus would arrive at 1:30 P.M. The time dragged, then passed, then came the first of several cell phone calls pushing the arrival time back, and back. At Last, at 4:45, the bus arrivied and all was well. The Spirit was strong, the home inviting, the guests graceful, warm and loving and the kindred souls of the long departed Colesville Saints in rich abundance. Faith was inhanced and testimonies enriched as the Knight home gave of itself during the time of the visit. All felt the warm embrace of those familiar spirits that had been with us from the beginning of this grand adventure and we knew "all was well".
Concern Number One:
Though we are thrilled with the prodigious number of visitors the Harmony Visitors Center has attracted since its dedication on September 19, 2015, we cannot help but feel dismayed that only a small fraction of those visiting the Priesthood Restoration Site are inclined to visit the "Colesville homes" a mere 23 mile drive upstream along the banks of the beautiful Susquehanna River. The homes, and in particular the "Knight" home, home of the Colesville Branch, are inseparably connected with the early history of the restoration. We acknowledge that history, in and of itself, is only a subset to the significance of the "restoration", but we also feel that real historical understanding can and does strengthen the testimony of the Lord's hand in all things, particularly when you are standing on, breathing in and feeling the presence of those dear early saints. In today's world, particularly within the Church, we feel strongly the need to understand the obedience driven sacrifice and undivided loyalty to the Prophet's voice by the Colesville saints. We believe an "understanding" of this serves as a reminder of the obligations and covenants we each have made in moving the work forward. The power of this is indelibly underscored when visiting the Colesville homes.
Though we have printed thousands of glossy, six paneled brouchers tastefully, accurately and professionally done, they cannot be displayed at the Harmony Visitor's Center because of standing Church policy. We do not question this policy, we only wonder how we can go about, more effectively, spreading the word of the "Colesville Homes" so that many more may enjoy its historical significance and spiritual edification. Those who have visited the homes know of what we speak. We would, therefore, ask all who read this, and in particular those who have visited with us on-site, to spread the word to friends and family that the homes are ready and available to tour from early May through late October with volunteer on-site docents. At other times during the year, special tours can be arranged by calling 480-323-5947.
Concern Number two:
We would love nothing more than to hand the keys of the Knight home to the Church, no strings attached and expecting nothing in return. In the likely event that this does not or cannot happen we are faced with real and tangible issues.
The costs associated with the annual maintinence of the Knight home are considerable. Things such as insurance, wi-fi and telephone service, annual corporate filing fees, garbage collection, winterization, web-site maintinence, printing and signage costs, yard maintinence and annual planting of flower beds and the repair and replacement of various incidentals add up to thousands of dollars annually. Additionally, we spend thousands more on travel to and from the "sites". Make no mistake, it is a labor of love and service to which we have been called and richly blessed, but do we need help, the answer is yes. We are registered with the IRS as a charitable 501(c)(3) so that all donations are deductable when filing Federal income tax returns. We have, in the past three years, received significant contributions, and please know that 100% of all donated funds go directly to and exclusively for materials and the expenses listed above. There has not been one dollar taken for the benefit, enrichment or reimbursement by the owners. To the donors, please know of the depth of love and gratitude we have for you and your generosity. You've helped make it all possible.
We plan on four things pending the availablity of funds. One: we would like to replace the vinyl, white clapboard siding with wood clapboard siding painted the original "grey". There are preserved samples of this siding in the home today. Two: we would like to replace the metal roofing with a composite fireproof shake shingle duplicating the original roofing. Three: install a heating system of one sort or another accented by a working pot-belly stove in one room of the home in order to accomodate year-round volunteer docents, or if possible on-site Senior Missionary couples. Four: continue the expanding development and beautification of the yard. We have dedicated this site to the Lord and all things thereon, therefore, nothing can be too beautiful or too good.
If you feel impressed to contribute, please contact us at 480-323-5947 or at email@example.com. Contributions may be sent @ Colesville Restoration Inc. 1716 E. La Donna Ln. Tempe, AZ 85283 For charitable purposes you will receive a receipt within five business days with the corporations IRS EIN number.
Please invite others to visit this web-site, colesville-restoration.com, and visit the Joseph Knight ancestoral home site in person.