Friday, September 04, 2009

Rendezvous in Old Nauvoo

755 miles into our 2,050 mile journey we stopped in Nauvoo, Illinois. A quaint town on the edge of the Mississippi River that has some important historical sites pertaining to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Nauvoo was a refuge to the Saints between 1839 and 1846, however, difficulties increased forcing the Saints to flee their homes and start their trek westward to the Great Salt Lake.
Spencer and I loved walking around the quiet town and taking a look at all the historic homes. The weather was absolutely perfect. (I visited Nauvoo in 2002 for the temple open house when the heat and humidity were unbearable) We attended the temple and loved looking at the dark hardwood and intricate details replicated of the work the Saints did before it was destroyed. We were able to see the cemetery of the final resting place for the Prophet Joseph Smith, Emma Hale Smith, Hyrum Smith, Joseph Sr, and Lucy Mack Smith, as well as many other Smith family members. We toured Carthage Jail (22 miles away) where Joseph and Hyrum Smith were martyred June 27, 1844. We walked down Parely Street "Street of Tears" where the Saints on February 4, 1846 said farewell to their beautiful city and homes and crossed, in that bitter cold winter, the frozen Mississippi River. It was such an amazing experience to see where these events took place that we as members of the church read and hear so much about. We spent two nights there and took off early the next morning to continue on our own personal trek the other 1,296 miles.

8 comments:

Aubrey said...

I love the pictures. I'm glad you got to go there!
WHERE ARE YOU???

Kathryn said...

So fun. love the pictures! One day we will get there. I can only imagine how great it is to go visit. thanks for sharing

.Ang. said...

I want to go back there so badly!!

love you Sara!

kjerstina said...

You have a great photographer!
Can't wait to see wher you go next.

Steph and Bran said...

Wow, weird. I was at the open house in 2002 as well, long before we had any idea each other existed! Craziness!

Sue Ann Salmon said...

Hey! I can't believe you were that close to us and didn't stop by! Hopefully we'll get a visit, although most people don't make that trek more than once.

Ryan + Jess said...

Wow...someday I would love to go to all those amazing places. Glad you stopped on your long journey. LOVE YOU!

byufish said...

There's something about Nauvoo...it draws you back again and again. I doubt this will be your ONLY visit together...I LOVE that place. Definitely sacred ground!! AND...not to sound like a broken record...but....WHERE ARE YOU???