We rode by wagon from the Nauvoo Visitor's Center to Joseph Smith's Red Brick Store where the first meeting of the Relief Society was held March 17, 1842.
We were a pretty happy group, too.
Two wagons waited for everyone to get on. These wagons didn't transport all the sister missionaries participating that day. The organizers of the event and those in the Reader's Theatre were already at the Red Brick Store.
I took pictures of all those on the wagons. We all know each other and are way more than fellow missionaries - we're friends.
Everyone was excited - as you can tell from the following pictures.
At the end of this road is our destination.
And there it is. The building of today is a replica of the original which, over the years, had fallen into disrepair. As a result, and in the late 1800's its bricks were used to build other buildings in the area.
This is the Mansion House a half a block from the Red Brick Store.
After a group picture was taken outside, we all headed inside for the Reader's Theatre. I had time for a quick picture beside Elder Horlacher (portraying John Taylor) and Elder Blair (portraying the Prophet Joseph Smith)
Once upstairs, we all sat and watched the Reader's Theatre which followed the minutes of the original meeting. This included how the organization was named and Emma Smith becoming its first president.
This is Sister and Elder Blair portraying Emma and Jospeh Smith. The Relief Society started out with 20 women and grew to hundreds in the Nauvoo time period. Today, there are approximately 6 million women in 170 countries around the world.
The event ended with everyone receiving a flower and a commorative hankie.
What a special memento of this historic day!