Here we are-- standing in front of the Kirtland temple. It was the first temple built after the church was restored. The saints were forced to leave Kirtland shortly after finally finishing the temple, so we do not own it anymore. But the Community of Christ church now owns it and they give tours which is kind of fun. The temple was beautiful and the experiences that the saints had there when it was first built was worth all of the sacrifices they made to build it even though they had to leave shortly thereafter.
It's amazing how many little details there were! There were many accounts of the saints seeing "concourses of angels standing on the rooftop of the temple" at the dedication. My ancestors were some of those witnesses. They sacrificed so much to build this temple and it is so cool to know that they all witnessed many miracles because of it, through their hardships and sacrifices.
Parker was a little tired after our tour. :)
One of my favorite parts of the whole trip was going to the Neuel K. Whitney Store.
It was so cool to walk through the very same doors that Joseph Smith and many of my pioneer ancestors walked through to buy all of their necessities.
Upstairs is where Joseph and Emma lived for a while. This is the room where they had others over for dinner and shared their testimonies of the Gospel with many people. The table here is the actual table from when the Smith's used it.
This tiny little room is where the school of the prophets was. This is the very room that Joseph and his apostles saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. There was a VERY powerful spirit in that room. The missionaries let us have our own private family prayer in there and it was such a neat experience to kneel down and pray in that sacred room. An experience I will never forget. :)
The sister missionaries were such great tour guides (my favorite on our whole trip!)
Parker had fun checking out the sawmill with his Uncle McKay.
Kirtland really was a beautiful place!
But by the end of our amazing day... this little boy was worn out! He was such a good boy!
Only two more days left to share...
Next stop: Nauvoo, IL!