Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Nauvoo


James and I went to Nauvoo, Illinois on Saturday the 6th. We got up super early (no easy task the day after James proposed) and drove strait to Nauvoo and Carthage. I have to admit that I was a little worried about the drive. The radio in the car was out and I was a little worried about how that long car ride would go, but we ended up talking for the whole six hour drive. It was great to be able to sit and talk, just be together, for that long.

We went to Carthage first and got there around 1:00 pm. We were the only ones on our tour with the Sister and we got to spend some time in jail. The tour guide Sister left us alone in the room where Joseph Smith was martyred. It was so powerful to sit in that room and feel the Spirit. It was incredible and was such a testimony builder.

Nauvoo itself was amazing. We didn't have a lot of time to visit but we were able to do a few of the living historical sites. I enjoyed the printing press one the best. After walking around to the restored homes, we went on a horse drawn carriage (or long trailer) ride. That was really neat because the tour guide told a few stories about the pioneers that settled the area.

We also go to see the Nauvoo Temple. It was so great to see it rebuilt. The early Saints of the Church sacrificed so much to build it only to have it destroyed a short time later. I think it's such a tribute to their sacrifice to see it standing again.

The temple itself is a beautiful building. I am so impressed with the construction. To think that the pioneers were able to do the same thing is absolutely amazing. James and I did take some pictures and we took some practice shots in front of the temple and around the grounds. We figured some practice could be be good.

After only a few hours in Nauvoo we had to drive all the way home. That drive got a little long and by about midnight, we were both making animal sounds to entertain ourselves. I have to admit that James makes a much better cow moo than I do. That in and of itself is one reason to marry the boy.

1 comment:

Spacey Stacy said...

I had to write one more thing! I think that you should have called your blog Jessie Jamies