Thursday, May 26, 2011
We ate lunch out, then headed back to the house. Annie had invited her friend Simone to dinner. I asked Andrew what he wanted me to make for dessert. He replied won tons. yum. Spontaneously the menu changed and wontons became the entree. Simone, who is deploying to Afghanistan, was an enchanting lady, she changed my preconceived notion about female soldiers!
After dinner, we played several rounds of Killer Bunnies. Tim was familiar with the card game. I'd never heard of it, it was crazy and a lot of fun.
This is the location of his Grandma's house which was destroyed by a tornado after Newell and Tim's last visit to Holly a few years ago. The McMurtrys had a cattle ranch a few miles out of town. Grandma Mac and family lived in town; she taught business at the high school.
We stopped to pay our respects at the local cemetery. Newell's grandfather and others were buried together in the family plot. Since Newell had always wanted to be buried near his family in Holly, we were fortunate on the day we were there, to meet the cemetery superintendent. Of the five graveyards he manages, he happened to be on the property that day, Newell spoke with him and reserved the plot adjacent to his grandfather.
The McMurtry Building in downtown Holly. Built from locally hewn sandstone, it still stands in the center of town. Originally it was a bank, then land office. It is currently used as the town recreation center.
After dodging tornadoes, we arrived safely at the home of (Auntie) Em and Tim. They were very gracious hosts and it was wonderful to spend time with the newlyweds. They were married on our anniversary in February :) Tim is in the U.S. Army and Ems is working on her teaching credential - she wants to teach Kindergarten - lucky kids!
We visited Jackson County Mo, where modern revelation has pinpointed the location of the Garden of Eden. This site in Independence, MO is where the temple of New Jerusalem will be built. The scriptures say the glory of the Lord will be there and it will be a place of gathering; a place of peace, refuge and safety.
Liberty Jail, where Joseph Smith and friends endured much misery; but in the end grew stronger and more capable. The amazing revelations found in the Doctrine and Covenants 121 - 123 were received in this lowly, holy place.
Adam Ondi Ahman, the place where God and man connected. After leaving Eden, Adam and Eve traveled here to live and start their family, making it the literal cradle of civilization. Before Christ's second coming, He will meet with Adam, the prophets and priesthood holders here for a report of their stewardshiips. It is a beautiful, peaceful valley.
The mighty Mississippi viewed from Nauvoo. The Latter-day Saints bought property here, drained the swamp and built Nauvoo "Beautiful Place" into the second largest city in Illinois in its day.
We visited the Red Brick Store where the first Relief Society was organized. It had been demolished and reconstructed, but the original feeling of good still lingered...
Here's Tim who is actually too cool to spend this many days with his parents, but he was a good sport!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Grandma and Grandpa Chesnut look over a wagon.
Our other great...great grandfather Christopher Layton had a farm near this location. He marched from Iowa to San Diego with the Mormon Battalion to fight the war with Mexico, brought Saints from England and settled Utah and Arizona. He's buried with our great...great grandmother Caroline Cooper about a mile from our home in Utah.
A turquoise pot (Brianne's wedding color) filled with goodies for the newlyweds' new home.
Cousin Emily McMurtry volunteered to get up at zero-dark-thirty to take Karl to the airport in Chicago. She will evermore be a hero in my book.
As we prepared to return home, we decided to visit the jail at Carthage, IL, the site of the murder of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.
They looked at the beautiful Nauvoo Temple one last time, before surrendering themselves into the protective custody of the governor of Illinois. Joseph was ordered to stand trial for the destruction of the newspaper, The Nauvoo Expositor, which had been publishing stories to incite violence against the Latter-day Saint community.
in the protective custody of the governor.
We got ticked in Kansas! I wanted to explore an old stone schoolhouse and buildings in a field - the guys took off for the woods. We later discovered we had been ticked - ugh.
Emily prepared us a beautiful breakfast and off we went. We missed the tornadoes tearing through the state, our condolences to the people affected by the terrible storms.
As we continued through Kansas on I-70, we came upon Abilene, home of President Dwight D. Eisnehower. I like Ike! One of my early memories was seeing the president ride in a convertible in a parade, I was 2 or 3. Tim had written a report on him in elementary school. We stopped to pay our respects.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Your favorite color
About your birth
What you loved to do with your Mom
Your favorite relatives (and why)
Values they instilled in you
Favorite childhood activities
Books you loved
Who were your heroes?
Your brothers and sisters
Memories of church
Your favorite teacher in elementary school (and why)
Your favorite holiday (and why)
Your favorite subjects in high school
Some popular songs
Did you play sports, act, write or....
What you did with your friends
Your first job
Your first car
Your first boyfriend
How you he met my father
Why they picked my name
Service to God
Service in the community
Your favorite vacation
People you've known
Places you've been
Your favorite president
Your adult dreams
Your favorite game
Favorite scripture story
Favorite television and movies
Things you wished you'd done differently
What you'd like to do.