Thursday, July 26, 2012

We spent 9 nights at different hotels.After a long day of driving and seeing many places it's nice to have a comfortable place to relax and rest. We went swimming a lot of times and one of the hotel we stayed in had a playground and the kids enjoyed it. While at Nauvoo we stayed 2 nights at Nauvoo Family Inn & Suites with our friends Monah & Brad and their kids. The kids had a good time... It was nice spending some time with our friends in Nauvoo.

Russ and I had the opportunity to go on a session at Nauvoo Temple. It was a wonderful experience and it felt so great to be able to do it in Nauvoo Temple.

Historic Nauvoo

In 1839, early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—called “Mormons”—established this place of peace and beauty on a great bend in the Mississippi.  Today, Nauvoo is one of America’s premier historic communities. Visitors can explore more than 40 historic sites from the 1840 time period.

Brigham Young Home
Browning Gun Shop
Cultural Hall
Family Living Center
Heber C. Kimball Home
John Taylor Home
Land and Records
Lucy Mack Smith Home
Lyon Drug Store
Pendleton House & Log School
Post Office
Print Shop
Riser Boot
Sarah Granger Kimball Home
Scovil Bakery
Seventies Hall
Stoddard Tin Shop
Webb Brothers Blacksmith Shop
Wilford Woodruff Home


Picnic with friends (Monah, Charma and their family) @ Illinois State Park. 

The Nauvoo Illinois Temple stands on a high bluff overlooking a bend in the Mississippi River. The majestic building is a faithful reproduction of the original Nauvoo Temple built by Mormon settlers in the 1840s and destroyed by arson fire in 1848 and tornado-force winds in 1850. Featured on the grounds west of the temple is a handsome statue depicting Church founder Joseph Smith and brother Hyrum Smith on horseback; both were martyred in Carthage Jail during construction of the original temple. Nauvoo is rich in Church history and the destination of thousands of tourists each year

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

 Nauvoo—Carthage Jail

Carthage Jail, where the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were martyred. You can also tour the visitors’ center and walk through the beautiful gardens, where a life-size statue pays tribute to Joseph and Hyrum. 


We were in Nauvoo Illinois on Thursday-Saturday.

 The Nauvoo Pageant & Frontier Country Fair

The Nauvoo Pageant chronicles the building of Nauvoo and the Temple as well as the hopes of these early Saints, their trials and their joys. But most of all it tells of their love for the Lord.  It is a celebration in song, dance and testimony echoing their testimony that Jesus is the Christ yesterday, today and forever. With painstaking research, this live performance shows why thousands came to Nauvoo in the 1840's and portrays the faith and courage it took to follow a Prophet even in their poverty. To be able to build that glorious temple after being refugees in Quincy IL only a few years before showed incredible faith. They had very little to give financially, but they gave all they had to this effort.  Although the original Temple had barely begun to be used when the saints were forced to leave, they left knowing they had followed the commandment of the Lord. 150 years after the original temple was destroyed and left in ruin, the new Nauvoo Temple has been reconstructed as close to the original structure as possible. We can feel the rejoicing in heaven as those early saints look down and see that their beloved temple once again stands majestically on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi. They must feel complete joy as they see that their faith and sacrifices to follow the Lord and build that temple in their poverty was not forgotten. It is a testimony to all who see this beautiful temple that with God, nothing is impossible.

The Nauvoo Country Fair band consists of Family Cast members during their first week of service. The band performs favorite dance numbers that would have been popular in the 1840's. Guests join in with cast members in this popular family activity. The children play games & crafts also from the early Nauvoo era along with a puppet show, family tug-o-war, sack races, stilts, sack races, stickball & hoops & graces - all activities that would have been popular in old Nauvoo. Another favorite of the guests is the log sawing activity which is followed by a branding station that burns a souvenir Nauvoo temple logo on the wood cut from log sawing. 

A guy from England who played as Robert Laird

Precious Moments Chapel and Visitor Center 

Samuel J. Butcher, artist and creator of Precious Moments, dreamed of building a chapel as his gift of gratitude for God’s blessings in his life. After laboring for five years, through faith, that dream became reality with the opening of Precious Moments Chapel in 1989. Located in the scenic Ozarks of Southwest Missouri, the hearts of millions of visitors have been touched by the serenity, inspiration and beauty of Precious Moments Chapel and gardens.


St Louis Missouri Temple

The St. Louis Missouri Temple was the first temple built in Missouri, though temple sites were dedicated in the 1830s in Independence, Far West, and Adam-ondi-Ahman.
The site for the St. Louis Missouri Temple was approved by each member of the First Presidency. Each was individually escorted to six possible sites, and each in turn selected the same site to build the temple.

 The Mississippi River

 The Gateway Arch

The nation’s tallest monument at 630 feet, the Gateway Arch has beckoned visitors for more than 40 years with its iconic, awe-inspiring shape. The vision of renowned architect Eero Saarinen, the Gateway Arch commemorates Thomas Jefferson and St. Louis’ role in the westward expansion of the United States.

Welcome to the Museum of Westward Expansion!

The Museum of Westward Expansion preserves some of the rarest artifacts from the days of Lewis and Clark. Through our exciting exhibits, you can explore the world of the American Indians and the 19th century pioneers who helped shape the history of the American West.