This is a picture of me preaching a sermon in "the grove" in Nauvoo. Debi will talk about our trip to Nauvoo with Joni.
The picture is at the cemetery where David Whitmer is buried. We also wanted to show the bright red tree in the background. It was so beautiful. This picture does not do the tree justice.
We then drove up to the Far West Temple site. We made a quick stop at the cute Far West bookstore that is owned and operated by a member of our Church. Joni got some cute souvenirs for her family there.
We stopped for a short time at the site of the Haun's mill massacre.
We then started our journey to Nauvoo. Now some of you might be wondering if that is in our mission. No, it is not. President Keyes gave us permission to take Joni to Nauvoo because she spent a semester in Nauvoo while she attended BYU and she really wanted to go back and see the temple finished.
This is a replica of a ferry boat that took wagons and animals across the river.
We attended the Senior Missionary sacrament meeting. The chapel was completely full as was 2/3 of the cultural hall. They were all senior missionaries! With the Visitor Center couples, and the Temple Missionaries, and the FM Missionaries, this was quite a sight.
We also visited the Carthage Jail. This is a very solemn place that always brings strong emptions.
The brethren were in the room in the picture below when the mob burst in. Hyrum died here from a gunshot to his face. Joseph was shot and fell out the window behind us and landed near the well in the above picture. There he died.
At our home in Hooper we have a David Jackson painting hanging above our fireplace. It is of the first Nauvoo temple. The setting is much like this picture of the second Nauvoo temple.