Our friend Stuart gave Bryce a gift - a biker scarf! A whole new look for a missionary, don't you think? Stuart has been a member of the church for a year now and we are so proud of him.
This was one of our last days serving at the Historic Carthage Jail and as full time missionaries. What a sweet gift our mission has been! Behind us are portraits of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum Smith.
This is the archeological dig of the Edward Hunter home just west of the Nauvoo Temple. There are up to a hundred uncovered home foundations just like this west of the Temple. Amazing!
Our last performance in Rendezvous in Old Nauvoo- here with Sis. Lowe, the director. Just for the record, we still know our vingette lines for Peter and Abigail!
A couple of days before our last day at Carthage, the flowers were all taken out in preparation for planting tulips. Was it ever bare without the previously lush flower pots that are now empty and stacked neatly on the left side of this picture.
See... I told you they were lush!
This picture was taken just before we left our mission. Good friends, Stuart and the Strouds (now serving in Carthage), were there for the send-off.
With our trailer in tow, we said good-bye to our Nauvoo Mission.
We went back to the apartment to pick up our food for the road and to lock our keys in the house for Sis. Hopkin to get later. One last picture before we say farewell! Quite surreal!
We spent the night at the Marydale B&B right by Adam Ondi Ahman and were treated to an amazing breakfast. We highly recomment this B&B.
We really enjoyed the peaceful and reverent feeling at Adam Ondi Ahman. We had never been there before. It was beautiful.
Then we drove to Far West. The Far West Temple site was fenced in like any other Temple with beautiful flowers. The four cornerstones are still there and are protected by glass boxes.
This is the view from the Temple site in Far West.
This street sign is just at the corner of the Temple site. I thought it was fun!
After that, we visited Historic Liberty Jail in Liberty, MO.
It was interesting to visit church history sites before Nauvoo. About the jail itself, we had not known that the floor of the basement cell is original. The presentation was very emotional for us.
This is the Visitor's Center in Independence. They too had a wonderful presentation where a young sister missionary took you through various stations/scenes having to do with church history.
This sign is kitty corner to the LDS Visitor's Center.
We also were able to attend the Kansa City Temple too.
We celebrated Bryce's birthday early and it was a real surprise!
We had fun watching Logan play soccer and Jared play soccer with an adult league and we also froze to death watching Jared's Varsity boys soccer team play one night.
Go cubbies!!! On to the World Series!