Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Church History Tour - Day Eight

We started the day at the Far West Temple site. Sheryl and Eldon read parts and Brenda sang a beautiful rendition of Be Still My Soul in the cool morning air.
North of Far West, the Gallatin Courthouse is where a fight broke out between the mob and Mormons trying to vote. This violence was part of the build up that led the the Mormon War and the Saints expulsion from Missouri. On the way to Gallatin, they showed my video of the highlights of the first week.

We had a catered lunch in a motorcycled theme restaurant called Cycles in small town of Gallatin. It was a nice change after a long streak of boxed lunches.

Adam-ondi-Ahman is a site along the east bluffs above the Grand River in Daviess County, Missouri. It is the site where Adam and Eve lived after being expelled from the Garden of Eden. It will also be a gathering spot for a meeting of the priesthood leadership, including prophets of all ages and other righteous people, prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

We had a long transit east from Adam-ondi-Ahman to Hannibal along the Mississippi. To pass the time, some people shared stories about their pioneer ancestors. Janeil had written about Jacob Foutz and Henry White for Sheryl and I read.

We had a brief stop in Hannibal, which is the birthplace of Mark Twain. We were left to our own devices for a hour, and Rachel and I walked along Main Street and visited a county museum while Robin climbed a nearby hill to a lighthouse overlooking the river with Noah, the other youth on the trip.

For a change of pace, we checked in to our hotel in Quincy before dinner. It was raining, so we rode the bus several blocks to the Patio Restaurant where we had a nice family style dinner of fried chicken and roast beef.

After dinner we had a short lecture by Dr. David Costigan on the significant of the Douglas-Lincoln debate that occurred in Hannibal. This was the turning point in Lincoln's langusing campain.

From there it was short trip to the hotel, and we arrived in time for Robin to get some swimming in with Noah.

1 comment:

Sweet Polly Purebred said...

Rachel, cute pic! Now that we know you can whitewash, I'll put you to work when you get home. :)