Mark Twain to Carthage to Nauvoo

Trip Start Jul 09, 2009
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Trip End Sep 29, 2009


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Monday, August 24, 2009

Hannibal Missouri

We left Springfield Illinois this morning and then after crossing the Mississippi river our first stop was Hannibal, a town most commonly known for the birth place of one of the worlds most beloved authors Mark Twain. We toured around the town and went in some of the houses that inspired Mark Twain's books. Later that afternoon we went on a paddle wheeler boat down the Mississippi river, and we listened to the steamboat captain over the intercom tell about long ago legends related to that area. It was a beautiful day so we all really enjoyed the ride.

After leaving Hannibal we went to Carthage Illinois, the place were the Prophet Joseph smith and his brother Hyrum were martyred.  We went straight to the jail when we arrived.
After watching a short video in the visitors center one of the sister missionaries toured us around the inside of the jail. It was sad seeing the place that the prophet Joseph smith and his brother Hyrum were martyred. But it was amazing the sense of peace that we felt there as well. The sister missionary bore her testimony of the prophet as we sat in the very room where the mobs killed them. It was amazing to think of the amount of faith that those men had. Up until the end when the mobs came to take there lives, they never lost faith.

From Carthage jail we went straight to Nauvoo. We entered the city around 5:30 so all the main sites were closed. We stopped by the visitors center and we watched another movie, this time about the saints trek west from nauvoo to salt lake city. It talked about what the saints must have been feeling leaving there beautiful Nauvoo.

That same night we went to a beautiful musical poduction put on by the senior missionaries called Rendezvous in old nauvoo. It was about the saints in nauvoo at the time of the exodus. It was a very funny, amazing show. We all really enjoyed it.

We started the next day by going on a horse and buggy ride and then a carriage ride. They were both an hour long and one of the took us through the town while the other took us around the outskirts of town. We learned allot about the history of the town. About the saints and there trials and hardships in first settling in Nauvoo and then leaving in the middle of winter to a place where they didn't even know was. Not to mention leaving there beautiful temple just barely after completing it. We went through many original houses while we were there. Such as Brigham Young, John Taylor and other members of the first presidency. We went to the post office and learned about the mailing system back then. We also went to the shoe shop  where we learned how they would have made shoes, the brickyard where we learned how to make bricks. We also visited the school house and the gun shop. We had allot of fun the 3 days that we spent there and no matter how many books you read nothing compares to actually being there and seeing what they saw and trying to put yourself in there shoes. It was an amazing experience and we are so thankful for the time that we spent there.

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