On Sunday July 10th we woke up early and we all got ready for church. We went to the building located right across from the Palmyra temple. It was completely packed from the front of the chapel all the way to the very back of the cultural hall and up onto the stage and into some of the classrooms that had the meeting being broadcast into. Caleb was invited to help pass the sacrament to the several hundred people. The ward in Palmyra did a wonderful job of making everyone feel welcome, and the all of the meetings were wonderful. I loved the talk we heard in sacrament meeting about creating "buffer zones" in our lives to help block out the noises and distractions of the world. We stayed for all of the meetings. We had a picnic lunch at the park behind the church and then we all drove over to the Whitmer farm. The Whitmer farm was one of my favorite church history sites on the trip. While there, we were shown a movie depicting some of the events and miracles that took place there. I felt the spirit testify to me that those events really happened and that we were in a special and sacred place.
I was grateful to get to be there with my husband, children, parents and the Hulse family whom we love so much. I thought about how the events that took place there In that beautiful Grove made it possible for me to be with these people who I love so much for all eternity. It was an amazing feeling. The trio felt it too. They said they felt feelings of peace and joy, and love as we walked through the Sacred Grove.
After leaving the Smith farm and sacred Grove, we drove over to the Palmyra temple. We walked around and got some great pictures.
Our last stop of the day was the Grandin printing press where the very first copies of the Book of Mormon were printed. We learned how much time and effort was involved in printing each page. They also had a small gallery of original artwork depicting scenes from the Book of Mormon.
It was late in the evening by the time we finished touring all of the sites. We went back to the hotel and played some games with Grandma Quist before going to bed.