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S: Layton Family Nauvoo Trip 2010

BC: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.

FC: Our Family Nauvoo Trip 2010 | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."

1: On the 1st day we drove through many states; Idaho, Montana, & Wyoming. It was kinda long and boring.

2: We spent the first night in Sturgis South Dakota. The next morning we headed to Mt. Rushmore. WOW! It is really a beautiful site. As you enter the park there is an archway of state flags with the Presidents looming above; what a beautiful thing to behold. | The weather was warm and we had a great time hiking and taking pictures from many angles.

4: Mt. Rushmore

5: Presidential Wax Musium | The museum was just 5 miles from Mt. Rushmore. It was a fun history lesson to follow Rushmore.

6: God Bless the USA

7: We left South Dakota and headed for Nebraska, spending the night in Sioux Falls. We spent the morning visiting Winter Quarters & then drove through Iowa & all of its corn fields to Nauvoo Illinois.

8: Winter Quarters, Nebraska | This cemetery had a very somber feeling about it. There were many babies buried here.

9: "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." | These plaques show the names and ages of all the people that were laid to rest here.

10: We had totally forgotten that there was a temple at Winter Quarters. It isn't very large but it is very beautiful. | It had beautiful stained glass depicting the first vision and these ornate gold doors.

13: Nauvoo's current main street | There are mostly places to eat, hotels, and gift stores.

14: This was a really fun way to get to see Nauvoo. We were told stories and shown places that you don't normally see. | Nauvoo

15: The humidity effected all of us differently; Mom's hair went flat. It drained everyone's energy, and seemed to cause a bit of confusion for Cameron and extreme picture taking for Taibre.

16: Boot shop | brick yard | All of the stores and shops were so much fun to go into; learning what it was like back then and the air conditioning were both pluses.

17: In the living center they did demonstrations that helped us get a taste of what it was like to live in early Nauvoo. They had bread making, candle making, weaving, rope making, barrel making, wagon wheel making, and weaving. | Cameron making rope.

18: This is the printing office. No wonder it took months to print a book; what a process! | It was really cool to see the process that went into printing anything.

19: The post office was right next door to the printing office. A letter only cost 1 cent and it was more of a process to get it to someone than it is now. | School would be fun with chalk boards instead of lap tops, don't you think?

20: We walked through so many houses that they all started to look the same. It was very cool to see their piano forte's and all of the other things. For as much poverty as there was, they seemed to do very well for themselves through their hard work and ingenuity.

21: These are the stores in Nauvoo; | The Lyon Drug & Variety Store. | The Red Brick Store

22: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers

23: We toured many homes: Wilford Woodruff's, Brigham Young's, The Browning's, Chancy Webb's, Heber C. Kimball's, John Taylor's, The Session's, Vincent Knight's, & the Smith's.

24: This is the Great Mississippi River. | The pictures don't show how really big it is; unlike the Snake river, it moves slow.

25: The one thing that we didn't enjoy about Nauvoo was the heat and humidity; we were forced to take frequent rests.

26: I wonder who won?

27: Prarie grass, log cabins, & oxen were all very cool to see; we couldn't believe how tall the grass could get. I wouldn't want to have to hike through it. | The Cultural Hall was a fun place; it has a quilt display and we saw a play there.

28: It was really fun to see how they made things in the blacksmith shop. He made a horse shoe and made some nails into prairie diamonds and we each got one.

29: Nauvoo Temple | We got to go to the temple while we were here. What a beautiful place. Mom & Dad did initiatory. Taibre & Cameron did baptisms. Mom dropped her glasses down the spiral stair case into the window well; she had to have the workers help her retrieve them.

30: This is the Mansion House with insets of the Home stead and burial plots of Joseph & Emma

31: This is the Red Brick Store. It has many rooms: the main room with sale items, the room with Josephs desk, a bedroom, and the top room where the 1st relief Society was organized.

32: For about an hour before the Pageant they had an old fashioned country fair for us to attend where they offered all sorts of crafts, games, and entertainment. It was really fun. | Cameron by the statue of the 1st vision in the visitors center; Both kids carrying water from the well; Taibre bonding with the horses that took us on the wagon ride. | The pageant stage; we were just a few rows back from the front.

33: Plays and Pagents | The plays and the Pageant were awesome! I think the Pageant was a highlight; it was entertaining as well as spiritually uplifting.

34: The kid practicing their speech giving skills . | The 70's hall. | They had books that contained the names of all of the people that were ordained 70's while they were in Nauvoo; Mark's Great, Great, Great, Grandpa Alben Allen was in the book. We thought that was really cool. | Mark Benjamin Layton Benjamin Gloyd Layton Mariah Christina Housley Clarrissa Pauline Allen Marshall Franklin Allen Alben Allen Daniel Allen

35: This is the monument to women. There were about 20 different statues depicting women fulfilling their different rolls.

36: We went to the Land & Records office and found Alben Allen; the red on this map shows were he owned land. We think that his land in town is located where this old barn is now. | After we left Nauvoo we went to Carthage & Cameron, Illinois and then into Missouri to visit Liberty Jail and Independence. We spent the night in Kansas City, Missouri before heading home through Kansas.

37: Between Carthage and Liberty there is a town called Cameron. It was about here that we ran into a major rain storm; it was so bad that Mark had to slow down to 34 mph.

38: The spirit here is very different than you might expect. It is the place of the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum, yet it has a very powerfully strong spirit of peace and love. | Carthage Jail | After being shot, Joseph fell out the window and landed by this well.

39: *The jail room that they were kept and bound in. *The window from which Joseph fell.

40: No wonder Joseph's soul cried out unto God within these walls. | D&C 121: 1-2 & 7-9

41: Liberty Jail

42: This is a list of all of the places we visited in Nauvoo | This is the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ's Temple in Independence Missouri. It looked really cool, kinda like a cork screw. We didn't go into it.

43: We left Kansas City and drove all the way across Kansas and into Colorado; we spent the night in Denver. We had been in 10 States in just a weeks time, driving a total of 3165 miles.

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