Today was filled with fun activities and demonstrations. We went at a slow place with no hurry to get from one place to another. I have thoroughly enjoyed that part of our trip. I can’t imagine trying to see it all in just a couple of days.
Once we got into old Nauvoo we rode on a carriage drawn by oxen. They were so mild. Not sure why but that surprised me. We then enjoyed demonstrations of rope making, rug weaving, bread making in beehive ovens, barrel making (which we later discovered was a profession of one of our ancestors who lived here back then) brick making, and a few other things. We walked through some old homes, the gunsmith, the blacksmith, the bakery and a school. I was well pleased in the way the children behaved. They might of gotten restless a time or two, or even fallen asleep during a presentation, but they were well mannered and good to each other.
The kids received a few take aways which they really enjoyed. Some homemade bread, a ginger bread cookie, a nail made into a “diamond” ring, the rope they got to help make and a nauvoo stamped red brick. We were all pleasantly surprised by all the free souvenirs.
As the day was winding down and everything was getting ready to close we went to the seventies home, which I had not intended to go to but we were right next to it. And it ended up being my favorite stop. A story was told of how the building was built. After one wall was put up a tornado came and the wall was destroyed. When they rebuilt it they ended up going two bricks deep for stability since the one brick depth was not strong enough.
I couldn’t help but think of the storms that sometimes come into my life. And how devastated I feel when things do not go the way I thought. At times hurting very much. But like this story I can learn from my experiences and be made stronger so that I may weather future storms. The storms are not meant to tear us down but rather to strengthen us so that we may become more than we would settle for.
And as if that lesson was not enough, we were invited to go up stairs and look through some of the records they had of the seventies of the church at that time. I found 4 of my ansestors names and I felt so close to them at that moment.
If they were willing to give everything for the gospel I to could do whatever God asks of me. In that moment I wanted to be strong like they were strong.
Jacob last night asked if when he is dead there will be a statue of him like there is of Josoeh Smith. I understand his feelings of wanting to be like these amazing people who paved the way so we could have all that we have. Ansestors who stood strong in their belief in God so that I could be raised with those same beliefs.
And then the town closed and the kids played in an empty field for sometime. Just burning off energy and laughing together. We made a new friend
We ended the day with dinner and a movie. The rental we are staying at had the first Work and the Glory.
Jacobs journal page that he dictated to Ryan.