Nauvoo was amazing! We began by going to the Visitor's Center and seeing the displays there. They explained a little about the history of Nauvoo and about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
|A sunstone like those on the Nauvoo Temple|
|Michelle in front of the Mississippi River....it is huge|
|A honey locust tree...look at those thorns!|
Then we began taking tours of some of the homes in Nauvoo. One of the homes we stopped at was John Taylor's home. They told of how as the pioneers were leaving Nauvoo, his child was crying for his rocking horse. So he went back inside, fetched the rocking horse and tied it to the side of the wagon and it was carried to Salt Lake. The original rocking horse is now in his home. In each home, they would tell you about some of the items that belonged to that person (many of the items are just period pieces but didn't belong to that actual person.) They would tell stories about that person.
|Young children would use these to fetch buckets of water at the well.|
|A list of items pioneers should pack in their wagon.|
We were able to see the show, "The Promise." It was about a young girl who falls in love with a young man who is not a member of the Church. But slowly, as he watches the Saints persecuted by outsiders and sees the calm and gentle way they respond, he comes to appreciate and admire their faith and courage. He joins the whittling and whistling brigade to protect the saints. (The young men would surround a suspicious stranger and begin whistling and whittling wood. They didn't hurt anyone but just used intimidation/strength in numbers to protect the town.) As the martyrdom of the Prophet is mentioned, tears came to my eyes. The production was fun and moving. I was especially touched by a song that said, "When there is purpose, there is peace." Joseph Smith and other Saints faced such terrible challenges, but they knew their lives and sacrifices had purpose and that brought peace. Powerful message for me to remember...
|A stick pulling contest during The Promise. A common recreational activity in those days, along with singing, dancing and other activities.|