Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Church History part 2

Upper room of the Log Home (Smith's residence when Joseph was a boy) where the Angel Moroni appeared to Joseph.
Palmyra Temple in the background (walking from the Log Home to the Frame Home)
Frame Home (the home Alvin was building for his parents when he died. Just a matter of yards from the Log Home.)
Looking out from the houses towards the Sacred Grove
The Sacred Grove
The Hill Cumorah where Joseph retrieved the plates
Trudging through the forest to find the remnants of Emma's parents home, but this is all they found... a couple of intense walking sticksSusquehanna River (where the Melchizedek and Aaronic Priesthood were restored to Joseph and Oliver)
There were perfect skipping rocks everywhere!
Fayette Whitmer Farm (where the church was officially established)
The Newel K. Whitney Store
The upper room of the N. K. Whitney store where D&C 89 was revealed. (The Word of Wisdom)
The Kirtland Temple (The Community of Christ owns this great building...I was taking pictures inside quickly because I was unsure if I was allowed...)
Inside the roof of Historic Kirtland Temple!
Where the Savior appeared to Joseph and Sidney Rigdon saying He accepts this house.
We got to go up to the bell tower!
The view from up on top of the Kirtland TempleThe E.B. Grandin printing press (where the first 5,000 copies of the BoM were printed.)
One of the first 5,000 original Books of Mormon printed
The steps where Joseph was dragged out to be tarred and feathered, and where he preached from the next day.Some gorgeous trees and leaves! I couldn't believe my eyes!!! Maybe just because I have grown up in the desert, but my goodness. We were so lucky to go this time of year because the weather was perfect, and it was beautiful!This was such an amazing trip! I want to thank Larry and Diane so much for this opportunity to go and learn! My testimony of this gospel has grown so much because of these experiences.
One of my favorite quotes by Joseph Smith is, "Patience is heavenly, obedience is noble, forgiveness is merciful, and exaltation is godly; and he that holds out faithful to the end shall in no wise lose his reward. A good man will endure all things to honor Christ, and even dispose of the whole world, and all in it, to save his soul." Joseph was such an example to all of us and it was incredible to learn more about him and the early saints.


So I got this off of my cousin Laura's blog, and I think it should keep circulating...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

You HAVE to watch this!!!

So the incredibly depressing thing about our country and this election is that Obama might actually win the presidency because of the amount of clueless people there are like this... watch this video! What a joke!! and Howard Stern is a liberal! (It's just an audio clip, so the picture won't change. Just listen.)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Our Incredible Church History! (part 1)

Well this past week has been one of the most remarkable weeks I have ever experienced. I had my much needed 'Fall Break' from school, so Mike's dad took us on a church history tour along with Jake and Mike's grandpa. Mike has done this trip before but it was definitely my first time. This will probably be replacing my journal entry, so it will be long. :) This stuff was all new and exciting to me, so it was an amazing learning experience!

We started off flying into Kansas City Missouri, then drove to Independence (Jackson County). There was a neat visitor's center there. I learned so much, but probably my favorite idea that I walked away with was learning about how the saints had a desire to "achieve Zion." That Zion is more about a people rather than a place. (Being of one heart and one mind). The sister missionary that was teaching us referenced a talk 'Becoming the Pure in Heart' given by Spencer W. Kimball in 1978 that says, "Whether a volunteer, father, home teacher, bishop, or neighbor, whether a visiting teacher, mother, homemaker, or friend-there is ample opportunity to give our all. And as we give, we find that 'sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven!' And in the end, we learn it was no sacrifice at all."
This was such a great way to start off our trip. Learning of this divine quality that the early saints possessed was just the beginning of getting to know them better.
We also visited the temple site.
After Independence we had the opportunity of visiting Richmond, MO. There we visited Oliver Cowdery's and David Whitmer's graves, and this beautiful monument that stands for the 3 witnesses.

Alexander Doniphan has become one of my favorite characters. He was one of the FEW non-members who saw nothing wrong with Joseph, and fought for the saints' freedom from persecution. If you have seen "Joseph Smith, the Restoration" you'll remember when in response to his superior officer who had ordered Joseph and his men to be shot the next morning at 9:00 Doniphan replied, "This is cold-blooded murder. I will not obey your order...and if you execute these men, I will hold you responsible before an earthly tribunal, so help me God. "

Site of Richmond Jail. This is the jail where Joseph Smith was kept for only 2 weeks. But this is where one of my favorite events takes place. Again in the movie "J.S. the Restoration" when the guards are saying horrific things and J.S. stands up and says, "SILENCE, ye fiends of the infernal pit. In the name of Jesus Christ I rebuke you, and command you to be still; I will not live another minute and hear such language. Cease such talk, or you or I die THIS INSTANT!" It gives me chills every time I hear that.
We then went to Liberty, MO where we visited Liberty Jail.
'What could've been a time of despair became a season of faith'. 'It was a place where faith was tested and found sufficient'.

The next day we traveled to Far West. On the way we stopped by Charles Rich's cabin. He was an early Mormon settler and built the cabin around 1837. Researchers began a survey of the site, eventually dating it as the only surviving Mormon cabin of the period. (site) Amazing! Still standing! (with the help of those metal poles of course)
There were way too many spiders there though!!
Then we made it to the temple site in Far West. The land in this area was breathtaking! The grass just grows everywhere, and it is so green and lush.
It was so peaceful at this site that it was easy to feel the spirit and learn as a result. The prophecy in D & C 118: 4, 5 was fulfilled here (for missionaries to go overseas).
One of the cornerstones of the temple

If you'll look closely in the tree...

I was laying in the pillowy grass far away all by myself, and I told Mike to holler when he was ready to go. I hear him call my name, so I get up and start walking to the car. I was looking for him, but he was nowhere in sight! So he finally starts laughing and I look up.

The Haun's Mill Massacre is a riveting story, there just wasn't a monument or building to see at the actual site. So this fluffy caterpillar got all the attention as Larry taught us the history.
We made our way over to Adam-Ondi-Ahman. I loved this area! It has such significant meaning, and it was neat to feel the spirit there. Once Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden, they resided here.

Thorns and thistles (Gen 3:18)... This was coming right out of a tree trunk!
Don't be fooled! This little guy is NOT a stick :) I saw it fall from somewhere, I was about to pick it up and it started moving! It freaked me out.
We then went up to Nauvoo Illinois. What a delightful town. The temple was beautiful, and we were able to do a session. I love how the church did everything they could to make this temple just like the original. By the way my lovely husband took this shot and is pretty proud of it :)
I loved this monument outside the temple of Joseph and Hyrum entitled, "Calm as a Summer's Morning." The artists said they created the sculpture to demonstrate Joseph's concern for his brother, Hyrum's devotion to Joseph, and their willingness to do the Lord's work.

More Nauvoo...
Mississippi River

Joseph and Brigham overlooking the Mississippi River
Emma, Joseph, and Hyrum's graves
Upper room of the Red Brick Store where the Relief Society was organized and the first endowments were administered.
Joseph and Emma's first home in Nauvoo
Mansion House. (Where Joseph lived when the martyrdom occurred.)
For anyone who has lost an infant... Joseph was so inspired
Jacob almost getting attacked by this ox as he accepted the dare to hop the fence and enter the ox's territory...
The Relief Society Garden by the Visitor's Center
One of my favorite sites was visiting Carthage Jail. It was a somber, yet sacred site. Where a prophet of God sealed his testimony with his blood. I love Joseph's words, "I am going like a lamb to the slaughter but I am calm as a summer's morning. I have a conscience void of offense towards God, and towards all men. I shall die innocent, and it shall yet be said of me-'he was murdered in cold blood'."
The original door with the bullet-hole that struck Hyrum
The window where Joseph fell out
This circle spot in the wood-floor is where, until recently, there was a blood-stain (probably Hyrum's) they couldn't remove. (These are the original floors.) Thus they had to cut out the piece and replace it.