BC: The End
FC: Nauvoo Illinois 2010 | Kayla Raddigan
1: Driving across Nebraska we hit the worst hailstorm we'd ever been in. Visibility dropped to zero, giant hailstorms were hitting our van so hard we thought the window might break. All the cars were pulled over to the side of the road waiting for the storm to pass. We finally made it through. This is a picture looking back toward the storm clouds.
2: We stayed at the Gallery House in Nauvoo. Reminders of Joseph and the saints were everywhere.
3: Even the doorknobs reflected back to an earlier era.
4: We spent our first day in Nauvoo learning how the pioneers lived making rugs, rope, candles, pottery, bread, and more.
6: Of all the things we did, our time was best spent growing closer to the Lord and learning more about his prophet Joseph Smith.
7: "Come that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet"
9: Wagon ride behind real oxen!
10: This is the quarry where they thought the granite for the temple came from. They have since learned through testing it actually came from a different quarry. To the right is a life size replica of the sunstones on the Nauvoo Temple that we found near the quarry.
12: Of all the places we went, the Nauvoo Temple meant the most to me. It seemed impossible the Saints could have built it, yet there it stands. I could not look at it without knowing of a surety their great love for the Lord - and also His great love for them. Truly with God ALL things are possible..
13: Back of the Nauvoo Temple. Notice the Sun, Moon, and Stars. I pray that the industry and faith of those Saints runs through our blood forever.
14: Lots of pioneer games but Kayla loved the dancing most of all and spent most of her time there. | Everyone's favorite thing to do seemed to be the carnival right before the pageant so we went there several times.
15: Just had to take a picture of this little girl. You can almost see Joseph coming along to scoop her up out of the mud. | Sack races were fun although Sawyer and Jaxson didn't really get it and ran in them instead of jumping.
16: Our special friends from home - the Jeromes, who were lucky enough to actually be IN the pageant while we were in Nauvoo, Josie and Zach seemed to have a great time teaching pioneer dances.
17: Our new friend Michael. If all boys were like Michael, fathers would never have to worry about their daughters again. It was pretty funny the night he split his pants dancing though. We love you Michael!!Thanks for the great memories.
18: The pageant was absolutely amazing. When they lit up the Temple in the background in the end, it was a beautiful sight to see.
20: Corner stone of the Nauvoo House that at one time held the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon. The saints became adept at hiding things, sometimes even hiding the Prophet.
21: Final resting place of Joseph, Emma, and Hyrum. Joseph's body was hidden and moved several times before finally resting here.
22: We stopped for ice cream at a place that uses nitrogen to instantly freeze liquid ice cream. It was super yummy. :)
23: No one liked it more than dad though!
24: Wagon ride around old Nauvoo with our friends from home, the Dubrays. So much fun to see everything from that perspective.
26: Pioneer dress up games were a big hit!
29: The Saints used rafts to cross the Mississippi with their wagons. More than 2,000 died on the way. Their names are memorialized on this wall.
30: Here is the missionary who gave us a personal tour of Carthage. It was really special to be in there with just our family. This is the statue of Joseph and Hyrum with the jail in the background.
32: Carthage Jail where Joseph spent his last days. This is the jailor's quarters downstairs and then the actual jail cell upstairs.
33: Joseph and his brethren were in an upstairs bedroom when the mob attacked. This is the room, and the window Joseph fell out.
34: Carthage jail still has the original door the mob came through, complete with 2 bullet holes. The one on the far right is from the bullet that killed Hyrum. Looking through the hole, you can see the window that Joseph went through when he died. It's unbelievable to see in person.
36: Joseph and other brethren in an exact replica of Liberty jail. It was freezing cold and some of them could not even stand up straight.
37: All the kids in front of Liberty jail
38: The best word to describe Adam-ondi-ahman is ""reverent". It was much bigger that I thought and I couldn't help but imagine the sacred meetings that have already happened here; and the one that will happen again in the future. What I wouldn't give to be there and meet all the great prophets who have walked the earth!
39: When Joseph came here he found the remains of a Nephite altar and prophesied that this was the place Adam built his altar after leaving the Garden of Eden. It's gone now but we took a picture on the spot we thought it most likely was.
40: We finished up our trip visiting our good friends in Idaho - the Jones. We LOVE spending time with them! They have 6 kids too, our same ages. Here we are lined up oldest to youngest: Kayla, Jacob, Emily, Shannara, LeAnna, Cassidy, Jared, Sabrina, Brienna, Brandon, Jaxson, and Sawyer.
42: Nauvoo was amazing. It's hard to put it into words. In Nauvoo, it struck me how hard it was for Joseph and Emma when they moved, and their hard life. It was awe-inspiring that despite all their hardships they made the best out of life and continued to stick with the Lord. When I got dressed like a pioneer and played the pioneer children games, I thought that even though they had so little, they did a lot with it. I was just moved and amazed. When we went and saw the pageant I cried because it was amazing that the pioneers did so much. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God and that he sacrificed so much to bring us the true gospel. I know he was glad to do whatever the Lord asked him to because he had faith in the Lord. Joseph Smith is my hero. Kayla