Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Visiting Kirtland

Kirtland, Ohio is only about 5 hours from us, so ever since we moved to New York, we've been saying we were going to go... and we finally made it. I'm so glad we did, since it was so pretty and such a spiritual place! We went with some dear friends -- Andrea served her mission here in New York, as a site sister. She spent many months serving in our ward, Fayette. She went home about 1 1/2 years ago, and we've stayed good friends. She came back to visit New York, bringing with her husband (Deven) and her parents. It was our great privilege to go with them to Kirtland.

Newel K. Whitney store. He was the first bishop of the church. Opened his home and store to the Prophet Joseph. Such a neat man!

Inside the store

Upstairs in the store - this was the room that Joseph Smith used as his office.

Inside the store, in the room used for the School of the Prophets. Such an amazing feeling in here!!

Historic Kirtland - so pretty!

Johnson Inn, where missionaries would meet to begin their missions - persecution was bad enough that they had to meet in the dead of night in order to get out safely.

Loving the tour

The saw mill, owned by Bishop Whitney

Gorgeous scenery!

The ashery, also owned by Bishop Whitney. These were made here in the ashery, then sold to people who ground them up for windows, china, etc.

Cory, playing around in the ashery

More gorgeous scenery. The weather was perfect!

The Kirtland Temple (yes, now owned by the Community of Christ)

Kirtland Temple - we got to go on a tour through the inside, which was neat/weird. It was used as more of what we now call a tabernacle - for big meetings, etc. It also has classrooms on the 3rd floor, where Joseph Smith had an office, and where Hebrew classes were held.

Me and Andrea on the steps of the temple. She's one of my most favorite people. And no, we didn't purposefully coordinate outfits, but aren't we cute?

Kirtland Temple

We drove the 55 minutes out to Hiram, to see the John Johnson farm. Emma and Joseph also lived here for a while.

Joseph and Emma's bedroom - remembered particularly since it was out of this room that Joseph was dragged, to be tarred and feathered in a nearby field. The mobsters hoped to stop him from preaching the next morning, but when morning came, he was out on the front porch, preaching like normal.

In this room was where the 76th section of the D&C was received - God the Father and Christ appeared here, in vision.

The Johnson Farm

Isaac Morley farm - another place where Joseph and Emma lived.

Morley Farm - there was a cabin built up here, which is where the 4th General Conference of the church was held. It's also another known place that God the Father and Christ appeared.

The 6 of us.

Me and Cory, in the clearing of where the cabin stood.

One of the things that struck me most about Kirtland was how willing the saints were to open their homes to the prophet and his family. The spirit in Kirtland was undeniable. Given that we've lived the last 3 years where the church started, it was so neat to see where the saints went when they left New York. A trip to remember, definitely!

The rest of our weekend was relaxing. After conquering our mounds of laundry, we chilled. We ate at Five Guys (so yummy!), saw Star Trek (LOVED it!), had friends up from New Jersey for a nice Sunday afternoon visit, BBQ'd on Monday with other friends ... all-in-all, it was quite a nice mini-break! It's been so long since we had time to chill and just do whatever we wanted. I rather enjoyed it!!


Maria said...

Looks like you had fun! Kirtland is also on my list of places to visit.

Melvin and Carly said...

Aw, I'm so envious! What an incredible place to visit - so much happened there. Glad you had a good time.

Andrea said...

Seriously the best trip ever! I'm so glad you guys could come with us. I LOVED Kirtland. I was surprised how much I liked it, and the Cheesecake Factory was a blast. Good Company can be hard to find, so when you find it you keep it!

Andrea said...

And I have to say I laughed at the Jack Johnson farm part... Funny I didn't see his guitars lying around. :)

Suzy said...

Looks beautiful. We stopped there on our way to MA, but it was only for a few hours one morning. We wish we could have spent a little more time there. Glad you took the opportunity.

Shafer and Lindsey said...

Your trip sounds so fun! I'm starting to miss living back East where you can go on such cool weekend trips. Kirtland is the only major church history site we haven't been to; maybe someday!

Brett and Emily said...

Looks so fun! I'm glad you had such a great time. It's always nice to take trips with friends. Kirtland is definitely a place I want to visit.

Allison said...

I am so jealous! I love Kirtland. So much happened there and it has so many great sights. I am glad you got the chance to see it all. I am glad to see everything is going well.

MiriamR said...

Great times! I want to go to the church history sites so badly!!!

Zach and Megan Jones said...

Didn't you just love Kirtland?!! I really enjoyed seeing the sights there! Looks like you two had a fun trip! Please tell Cory congrats on finishing the last of his tests! I still can't believe he is almost done with school! Time has flown by!

Jean Bean said...

Oh you ARE cute!! I just love the pictures and commentary. What a neat place you were able to visit...and to have it all recorded here - well that makes it even better because I learned some things too. Love you and thank you!

Recksieks said...

Looking at your pictures just reminds me how much fun we had when we went years ago. It is such a beautiful place! So many wonderful things happened there. What a fun expierience!

Scott and Becky said...

You guys have such fabulous memories of your time back East. Hopefully now you can get closer to home.

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