Palmyra, NY

This is the part of the trip Mark has been looking forward to.  We have been working chronologically backward through his church history.  A couple years ago we visited Temple Square in Salt Lake City.  Last Spring we visited Nauvoo, IL where Joseph Smith was killed.  Today we visited Palmyra, NY where Joseph Smith reportedly had his vision and received the golden plates. Continue reading

Nauvoo, IL

OK, so here is a little LDS history:  Joseph Smith first brought his followers to a swampy bend in the Mississippi River and named the area Nauvoo, a Hebrew word meaning “the beautiful location”.  They drained the swamp and began building a well planned town, the second largest in the west at the time.  Chicago was the largest.  Continue reading