Sunday, September 18, 2016

Road trippin' day 9

Monday July 11th. We all packed up and left our hotel and headed south-east towards Harmony Pennsylvania to the Priesthood Restoration site. Where, in April 1829,  Oliver Cowdery and Joseph Smith went into the woods and prayed for guidance on the subject of baptism. In reply, the resurrected John the Baptist visited them on May 15, 1829, and ordained them to the Aaronic Priesthood. He then commanded Joseph and Oliver to baptize each other in the nearby Susquehanna River. A little later in a nearby area, the two men received the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood from Peter, James, and John, three of Jesus Christ’s original Apostles.
We toured the restored Hale Home where Emma Smith lived when she and Joseph were courting. We also toured the reconstructed home Joseph and Emma lived for a time. We walked to the nearby cemetery where Joseph and Emma's infant son was buried.
Our final stop of the day was a short walk down to banks of the Susquehanna River. It was a bitter sweet moment because we all knew that from there, we would be parting ways for the remainder of our trip. The Hulses and Grandma and Grandpa would continue their trip east and then down the East Coast. From this point we would be headed west taking the long way back home. So, we said our goodbyes and expressed gratitude that we could spend this time together and traveled on.
We dove back to Ohio and stayed the night in Findlay lakes.

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