"Today, facing west, on the high bluff overlooking the city of Nauvoo, thence across the Mississippi, and over the plains of Iowa, there stands Joseph’s temple, a magnificent house of God. Here in theSalt Lake Valley, facing east to that beautiful temple in Nauvoo, stands Brigham’s temple, the Salt Lake Temple. They look toward one another as bookends between which there are volumes that speak of the suffering, the sorrow, the sacrifice, even the deaths of thousands who made the long journey from the Mississippi River to the valley of the Great Salt Lake."
I just love that imagery...Joseph's temple and Brigham's temple standing as bookends.
So grateful for the temple. After our carriage ride, we went to the temple and did Baptisms. It was another wonderful experience. A member of the temple presidency spoke to us. We were told that the baptismal font in the Nauvoo Temple is the biggest in the world. He talked about how family history and temple work are done for real people, people who lived and loved and who need our help to progress. He also let us walk to the bottom of this amazing spiral staircase that stretches up toward the top of the Nauvoo Temple. He spoke of eternity. Michelle really felt like her time in the Chicago Temple and the Nauvoo Temple were the highlights of the trip for her.
Then we went to see a show at the Cultural Hall..."Just Plain Anna Amanda". It was a cute and fun story about a girl named Anna Amanda who wants to be important. She keeps borrowing items from other townspeople to help her feel important...but ultimately she realizes that the best person for her to be is herself.
After the show, we headed to the Family Living Center. At the Family Living Center, you can see demonstrations or even participate in pioneer era activities. Michelle helped make a rope and was able to get a rope to keep. We watched them creating a rug out of strips of fabric on a loom and learned about that process. We learned about the process of making candles. And one of the sisters there had the same last name as a family in our ward...so I asked her and she is their aunt/great aunt! It's a small world! :)
Michelle was hungry and it was lunch time so we headed up Mulholland Street to do a little shopping for souvenirs and to get lunch. We'd eaten at Annie's Custard on Saturday...they had delicious waffles topped with custard. That's what Michelle wanted for lunch on Monday, so we ate there again. Very tasty.
Then, sadly, it was time to leave and start heading back to Chicago. We stopped at this beautiful spot just outside of Nauvoo to take a few last photos. There was a very small waterfall and it was a lovely little area.
|Tired but happy...our last photo together on this trip!|