Sunday, November 29, 2009

Nauvoo Photos!

The photos are all out of order, but I have included short descriptions below each photo. Enjoy!

Liberty Jail in Liberty, MO

Liberty Jail in Liberty, MO




Nauvoo Temple Quarry Overlook

Nauvoo Temple Sunstone (Replica)

Nauvoo Temple Sunstone (Replica)

In the Womens Garden outside the LDS Visitor's Center in Historic Nauvoo.

Nauvoo Temple Sunstone (Original)

Driving to find an open restaurant for food. Scott was really hungry...

Driving through Historic Nauvoo!

A view of the Nauvoo Temple from Historic Nauvoo

The grave sites of Joseph, Hyrum & Emma Smith.

Sunset shot over the Mississippi River

Monument of Joseph & Hyrum Smith at Carthage Jail in Carthage, IL

Just after a temple session and tasty lunch.

The Nauvoo Temple view from our favorite cafe

The Nauvoo Temple!

Monument of Joseph & Hyrum Smith outside the Nauvoo Temple. The Prophet's Last Ride.

The Prophet's Last Ride

The Nauvoo Temple!

The countryside driving through Missouri.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fall Trip: Nauvoo!

The drive from Kirksville to Nauvoo was so exciting! We drove through Missouri, into Iowa for a bit, then crossed the Mississippi River into Illinois. Now I can check three states off of my list. :) It was fun for me to see the surroundings with all the hills (people out there call them mountains, but they are nothing compared to Utah) and the corn fields. I took TONS of pictures!

Driving into Nauvoo was beautiful. The road we took follows the Mississippi River and it was just before sunset. We drove past Historic Nauvoo, then as we rounded a corner to drive up the hill to modern Nauvoo, we caught sight of the temple (how can you miss it?). It was absolutely stunning to see, and I couldn't put my camera down.

We made our way to the hotel and decided to relax for a bit before heading to the hotel restaurant for dinner. When we headed downstairs around 8:15, we found the restaurant closed. Seriously? The info in our hotel room said they were open until 9:00 through October, but I guess it was a misprint. We drove through town to find something - anything - that was open and we spotted a little diner. We walked inside to find that they take cash or check only! All of the ATMs were located in places that were already closed, and they wouldn't take our out of state check. :( Finally we stopped by the other main hotel to find that their dining room really was open until 9:00 so we sat down to a tasty buffet.

Rule One: Carry Cash
Rule Two: Know when places close
Rule Three: Keep a stash of snacks

We definitely didn't follow these rules during our trip, so we found ourselves driving to nearby towns for food. We grabbed a pizza in Keokuk (Iowa) and ate lunch another day in Fort Madison (also in Iowa). We also crossed a toll bridge once without knowing, and didn't have cash so the lady let us by with fifty cents we pulled together.

Aside from our issues with finding food at mealtimes, everything was great! The Temple was so beautiful, inside and out. It was nice to take the time for a session, and very neat to be where the early saints were, even though it's not the original building. My other favorite was Carthage Jail. It was incredible to sit in the room where Joseph and Hyrum were killed, and to see the bullet holes in the door of the room. We got some really great photos of the statues outside and the jail itself. Outside of the jail there were also two stones from the original Nauvoo Temple. So neat!

On Sunday we walked through some of the Historic Nauvoo sites, which was very neat. My favorite thing here was the Trail of Hope where the Saints walked to cross the Mississippi River and leave Nauvoo. As you walk toward the river and look back you can see the temple on the bluff. It was a very humbling moment to think about what the Saints were feeling as they were driven out of the state.

Monday morning we started the long drive back to Kansas City to catch our flight home. We took an exciting detour to Adam-Ondi-Ahman and Liberty Jail. Both were wonderful, again to be where the Prophet had been and to catch a glimpse of things he felt. What an amazing trip!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fall Trip: The Interview

Scott had an interview at A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri last Friday so we decided to make a weekend trip out of it! We were scheduled to fly out of Salt Lake Thursday morning at 11:00 only to find that our flight through Denver was canceled due to all the snow. After lots of time on the phone with Southwest Airlines, we switched to a flight straight to St. Louis that left later that day. Long story short, when we got to the airport to print our boarding passes, the clerk changed our flights back to the original plan. In the end everything worked out great, but it was a long day.

We landed in Kansas city around 10:00 pm and picked up our rental car (first time ever that we've rented a car on our own!) and drove about three hours to Kirksville. Instead of going to the hotel we planned on staying in, we stopped at the first place we saw. I think we got to bed around 2:30 and got back up at 6:30 to get ready.

The interview started at 8:00 am and it was great! First they talked to us about the history of the school, students, faculty and the town then split everyone up for their interviews. Each interviewee had two, hour long, one-on-one interviews with a staff member as well as a third interview with an admissions member. Scott said that this campus had the most difficult interviews he has encountered so far. While he was off answering questions I was able to meet with a student adviser who gave me all the information I might need in order to move there. I was given lists of jobs, banks, schools (for me as well as any children), daycare, transportation, activities, etc. Their philosophy is that the student will be happy if the spouse/family is happy and right they are!

The end of the interview came with a tour of the campus given by second year students. We got to see the dummies that students practice on, which was really neat. You can see their chest rise and fall with each "breath" and you can hear the heartbeat and check the pulse. The dummies can even talk to you to tell you what's wrong. Technology is absolutely stunning. For the last leg of the tour we walked across campus to the cadaver labs. Scott told me not to worry because everything would be covered, but wrong he was. We walked through while a class of first year students was taking place. Once you get past the whole dead bodies thing, it really isn't half bad! So strange, but very neat.

Once the interview ended we drove to Walmart on the other end of town. To give you an idea of the size of Kirksville, the drive took just over ten minutes. We bought some snacks then started our drive to Nauvoo!