Sunday, July 17, 2011

Indy - Week #1

After a pretty long first week of doing a whole lotta nothin' ;) Michael and I struck out to see some sights...

Like: The Indianapolis Zoo

Megan (the wife of one of the other new emplyees) and I toured the zoo. She is going back home to Atlanta this week to move into their new house and get her kindergarten classroom ready for the new year.
The baby elephant was swimming! So amazingly graceful underwater!

My cousin Jenny and her kids, along with my aunt Kathy stopped by for a night on their way from Tennessee back to California. It was so nice to see them!

We drove into Ohio and here is what we saw...
The Columbus Temple...
The "A Christmas Story" house...
Michael reenacting the famous Ralphie scene where he says, "Only one thing in the world could've dragged me away from the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window. "

Crazy "Elf from Higbee's" hat, complete with jingle bell!

A can of Simoniz!



Mike tried out the punishment for saying "The F _ _ _ word!"

We went up to Kirtland to the first temple - no longer owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.







And we also toured the church owned Historic Kirtland sights including...

The Newel K. Whitney Store

The above fireplace is the one located on the second level of the store in a room used for the School of the Prophets and is the same fireplace that after receiving the revelation for the Word of Wisdom the men threw their pipes into.

A bishop who was in our tour group shared that he was going to take a picture of this fireplace to help remind him to always be mindful of what bad habits he might need to "throw into the fireplace" to draw closer to God.

After one week in this "foreign land" :) I have concluded that I would not have made a very good pioneer. When I first joined the church I was convinced that with my fire of faith I could have crossed the plains and whistled a tune along the way. I have come to realize that I might not have been afraid to strike out along the roadway but I would have cast many longing and backward glances at the place I was leaving behind. I imagine that I would have suffered mightily even unto heartbreak. Just think, they were not able to call their family or write to them along the way. Some probably didn't even know if they would ever see them again! Maybe those pioneers felt a little like I imagine I would and still they took their broken hearts, pointed their feet to the west and one step at a time followed their faith and hoped for the best. I am in awe of their sacrifices and I am thankful for telephones :)

4 comments:

Diane said...

How fun to see all your travels. You both look fabulous!!! Thanks for sharing the pictures. They are wonderful.

Sharee and Arthur said...

Thanks for sharing. :) How fun that you got to visit some of those church sites. It really is cool to be where the saints were all those years ago. We love you guys!

Andy & Mindy said...

What an adventure! I can;t wait to see more of what you have been up to out there :)

Kat said...

oh so much fun! the Christmas Story house looks like it was totally awesome to visit. Glad you guys are loving it. Miss you!