Thursday, September 29, 2011

Church History Tour - Day Ten

At the Nauvoo Inn, we had a nice buffet breakfast in a large meeting room. It was nice to not be bouncing off each other.

The first stop of the day was at the Joseph Smith home, which is owned by the Community of Christ. They gave us a tour before opening so as not to disrupt other visitors, and the guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. This is where the graves of Joseph and Hyrum were relocated to.

We returned to the LDS Visitor center to get tickets for the carriage and wagon tours and to get our game plan together. We got dropped of near the Post Office, and began our explorations with the School House, Brick Yard, and Blacksmith Shop while others spread out across Nauvoo to their points of interest.

Around lunch time, we caught the bus back to Nauvoo park. The same company catered all our meals here, and they were pretty good.

After lunch, we took a carriage ride, looked at the quilts in cultural hall, and visited the Family Living Center where they had several looms and were demonstrating a triangular loom for shawls.

We ventured the long walk to the Sarah Granger Kimball home. She organized making shirts for the temple workers which lead to the formation of the Relief Society.

We made a quick tour of Brigham Young's home before meeting the rest of the group for an after-hours tour of the Red Brick store, where we sang Praise to the Man in the second story meeting room.

The final trip of the night was out to the Old Nauvoo Cemetery where we visited the grave of Laura Clark Phelps who helped the prophet hide from the mob once and also helped her husband escape from jail on one occasion.

We got back to the motel by 7:30, the earliest time so far in the trip, with plenty of time to unwind and swim.

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