December 1, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009 and Nauvoo!

We had the best Thanksgiving. We decided to visit Brad's good High School friend, Matt and his wife Kenzie out in Kirksville, Missouri. It was a long drive due to Thanksgiving traffic, construction, and a bad wreck... but we made it and it was totally worth it!

We had a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with some of their friends. It was nice to not have to prepare anything! I was very Thankful for that this year!

On Saturday we drove about 1 1/2 hours to Carthage Jail and then Nauvoo, Illinois. It was really neat. We went at a great time of the year because we were able to be the only people in each building so it was very personalized.

Carthage Jail was a special place. The spirit was really strong there- it was a calm, sorrowful spirit - it is hard to explain. It just seemed super still and quite, a very reverent place to show our respects to Joseph and Hyrum. It was really neat.

We were able to do a temple session in the Nauvoo Temple - what a beautiful temple! It was absolutely gorgeous and I was amazed at how big it is. It was for sure the best part of the Nauvoo experience. Brad and I were the witness couple and it was a tiny group of less than 20.

This picture is across the street from the main entrance of the Temple. That is the Mississippi in the background. It looks more like a lake!

This picture is neat because this is the point where the saints crossed the Mississippi River headed west and they were forced out of the city they built up, Nauvoo. The Trail of Tears, a path walking towards the Mississippi, was neat. They had quote boards following the whole trail. I took a couple pictures - they are in the slideshow. Again the spirit there was just a calm, quite, peaceful reverence. Amazing.

I was a neat experience to learn more about the MANY sacrifices the Saints before us made. It was a great time of year to visit because I am sure Thankful for Joseph and Hyrum Smith, and the countless number of men, women, and children who sacrificed their lives for the Gospel.

Enjoy the pictures - there are a lot!


Alexis said...

our primary class just got done talking about that story, looks like you had a great time! That would be awesome.

Ryan, Danna, and Adalee!! said...

I'm sad we missed you guys! I would have loved to have met you there :( Maybe another time though. I'm glad you got to do the Nauvoo experience. I can't wait to do it myself!

p.s. My next door neighbor and really good friend here knows Brad! They went to high school together. Her name is Jamie Hansen, well Jamie Mcfadden is what he probably knows her as. What a small world!

Steph said...

What a neat Thanksgiving!! My family and I were able to do Thanksgiving in Navuoo last year for a family reunion. It was such a wonderful experience, one I'll remember forever. I'm gld you had a great time and were able to take some super pictures!!