Okay, since these 2 pictures just magically disappeared from the blog, I uploaded them again. The Liberty bell in Philadelphia and Alysia fashioning a fall/Halloween table runner at her visit for conference weekend.
The following weekend we started on our big trip back east. It seemed to expand as we went along. Since we were driving by Chicago, Sam decided I ought to at least see a brief little bit of it, so we drove by the Navy Pier and along Michigan Ave. I was very impressed.
The LDS visitor's center and sights were much more inspiring and enjoyable. Here is the Whitney store, where Joseph arrived and stated, Br. Whitney, you have prayed me here, now what do you want. This is where the first school of the prophets was organized and where the word of wisdom was received and where the Father and the Son appeared to several of the brethren.
Here is the Hill Cumorah, there is a big visitor's center there at the bottom as well.
This is the Whitmer farm, where the Church was organized and where Pres. Kimball presided over General conference in 1980, it was broadcast from here. They had built a large 3-ward chapel with a visitor's center for the occasion, in a style that would have been popular, had the church remained in the area. It made me think of our decisions when we came back from Germany the first time. One of our options was Seneca Army Depot in the Finger Lakes Area. We probably would have met in that chapel. But we chose to stay in Alabama, and so Dacia was born in Huntsville, instead of upper New York.
The Gradin Press in downtown Palmyra, where the first Book of Mormon Printing took place. We learned that it took 2 years to finish those 3000 copies. The printing took a mere 7 months, but the leather binding took up the rest of the time. A very labor intensive process.
The Martin Harris Farm outside of Palmyra, that got mortgaged as collateral for the BoM printing.
And here we are at Valley Forge, this was George Washington's headquaters. We learned that it took a German, to whip the American troops in shape! General von Steuben was the one.
After spending a day in Boston touring all the historic sights, we took our way back via the Boston Temple. It's really pretty. One of these days we will go back and do a session.
Sam decided that I needed to see Manhatten. So we took a tour once around the island. This here is the famous bridge from Kate and Leopold and Newsies. We also saw Ground Zero, which is a large construction site at the time, 42nd street, the UN headquarters, the Empire State building and Central Park.
Next Stop was DC. We stayed with Sam's niece Elizabeth and her husband in Baltimore and realized that she is a Kindred Spirit. I had never met her before, but we talked for hours, like we had known each other for ever. How nice.
Now where did this come from? This is constitution Hall in Philadelphia. Silly blog.
Here is the Washington memorial as seen from the Lincoln one across the reflection pool
Brigham Young in the Capitol Rotunda
The Library of Congress
I just couldn't resist this one.... I think Sam is telling me not to take a picture of him, or, maybe he is singing the aria of the naked frog from the opera I'm cold. Who knows. The waterfall was really pretty, and the forest thru which we walked to get there was really nice too.
To finish up our visit, we went for a session in the Atlanta Temple. It is not very crowded now a days, since they have new ones in South Carolina and Birmingham. But it was still nice to go.