Sunday, October 18, 2015

Weekend Getaway Part 1

Last week my awesome husband held down the fort so I could have a weekend away. It was much needed since my heart is still pretty raw since my missionary left. The weekend getaway actually gave me 4 days in a row that I didn't cry. So, that was huge. It hasn't happened since then, but having 4 days where I was occupied and didn't have time to get sad was refreshing. :) I love my husband.

What started out as my friend, Chesney, and I driving up to Kansas City for an author book signing morphed into us flying up the KC early, early last Thursday, renting a car, and driving up to Nauvoo, Illinois. Nauvoo is full of LDS church history, so I was pretty excited. I had just finished reading "The Work & The Glory" series, by Gerald N. Lund, for the 3rd time, so church history was fresh in my head. Nauvoo, according to GPS, is 4 hours and 20 minutes away from the KC airport. I'm not trying to brag, but I made it in 3:40... ;)

We spent Thursday touring historical Nauvoo. We took a wagon ride through the town, which helped up figure out what we wanted to visit with our limited time frame. We stayed in the cutest old-timey hotel called The Woodruff Hotel. It was catty-corner from the Nauvoo temple. We visited and toured a few particular sites, such as the gunsmith, the bakery, the Red Brick Store, Joseph Smith gravesite, etc... We also went to the temple that evening. OMG- it was beautiful. The hardwood floor, the spiral staircase, I was in aww the entire time. And it was not busy at all, so all the temple workers were super excited to see us. It was so beautiful inside, and absolutely breath-taking outside. I loved the stained glass windows and the sun stones. I also really loved "The Prophet's Last Ride" statue of Joseph and Hyrum Smith outside and facing the temple.
The Gunsmith Shop -- it was awesome. Did you know that the son of Jonathan Browning, John Moses Browing, is one of the most successful firearms designers of the 20th century, in the development of modern automatic and semi-automatic firearms, and is credited with 128 gun patents...
View of the Nauvoo Temple from our hotel
View of the temple from our wagon ride

"The Mansion House" where Joseph and Emma Smith lived and housed their many guests

Joseph, Emma, & Hyrum Smith's burial site
Joseph Smith's parents



The Prophet's Last Ride
We stayed Thursday night, and Friday morning we shopped some for souvenirs before leaving to drive to Carthage Jail. That is where Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were murdered by a mob. We didn't have a lot of time because we needed to be to Kansas City for the book signing at 5pm. So we didn't watch the video, we just toured the jail.
Joseph Smith fell from the 2nd story window after being shot.
The window by the head of the bed is where Joseph Smith fell from after being shot.
The original door... You can see the gun shot hole in the door and on the side is where they tried to shoot off the lock.


Joseph and Hyrum

I felt the spirit very strongly at Carthage Jail. To be in the actual room where a prophet of God was killed was a little overwhelming. When the tour guide spoke about the murder I could almost feel the fear felt and when she pointed to the window Joseph Smith fell from I had to suck tears back up into my eyes. I am so glad we were able to make the stop at Carthage Jail.

After Carthage we had about 4 1/2 hours to make it to the book signing where we were excited to meet Jennifer Moore and Sarah M. Eden. I met Sarah Eden in Utah back in April, but Chesney hadn't met her yet. And we are fans of both so this was pretty exciting! Also, since my sister lives near KC we were going to stay with her and her family for 2 nights!!!

To be continued...

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