Monday, July 18. We woke early and packed and tidied up the rooms we were staying in while Elder and Sister Johnson did their morning Chores.
Sis. Johnson served us a delicious breakfast then we all took another tour of the Carthage Jail. This tour was the perfect way to start and end our Nauvoo church history visit.
After our tour, we said our goodbyes. I was very emotional as I embraced my Aunt Pam. I was so grateful to her and Elder Johnson and wished we could stay longer.
We drove west to the beautiful site of Adam-ondi-Ahman lies at a bend in the Grand River in northern Missouri. A temple block was dedicated there by Brigham young, but no cornerstones were laid or temple constructed because just days after the land was dedicated the Saints were ordered to leave the settlement. The church Owns the land once again and it is a beautiful and sacred property.
President Saline, from our old stake presidency is serving a mission there as a grounds keeper with his wife. He met us at the entrance of the property and invited us to join him in his truck for a private tour of the area. It was a privilege to see that blessed land.
After leaving Adam-ondi-Ahman, we went to the Far West temple site. Like Adam-ondi-Ahmen, the site was dedicated for a temple. Cornerstones were laid, but before the saints could build a temple ther they too, were driven out.
Our last stop of the day was Liberty Jail in Independence Missouri. It was where the Prophet Joseph Smith spent approximately five months awaiting trial. While there, he received many revelations which are included in the Doctrine and Covenants today. We couldn't imagine the suffering that took place in that dungeon cell. How grateful we are for the sacrifices made by the Prophet Joseph and the other great men who endured all the suffering there with him.