Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Family Vacation Day 3 and 4: Nauvoo

On Monday, we spent the morning relaxing and checking out the giant house in Keokuk, Iowa we were staying in (pictures to come in last post about vacation...). That afternoon my Mother in Law, Father in Law and I were able to go to the Nauvoo temple to do baptisms for the dead (Thanks for the names Kari). It was a really awesome experience. Michelle and I each did ten names and Kim was able to do the baptizing and confirmations. It was cool. Another awesome experience we had was before we did baptism. All of the people that were there to do baptisms for the dead at that time met in the chapel and we had a little devotional by the Temple President! It was something I had never experienced before, but I am very glad I was able to.
Random fact: Did you know that the Nauvoo Temple has the biggest font? Well they do. It is 16 feet long and 12 feet wide.

After the trip to the temple we head back to the house we were staying in. That evening we had a BBQ and celebrated Shaun, Byron and James' birthdays.  It was a lot of fun.

Tuesday the whole family headed into Nauvoo. Our first stop was the oxen wagon rides. It was pretty fun, it was especially fun to see how excited our nieces and nephews got. After that we headed to the pioneer games area and had some fun. There was something for everyone to do there. After playing there for a while some of the group headed over to the Browning Home and Gunsmith Shop. The guys really seemed to enjoy it.  It was cool to see how they made guns back in the day.

Once we met back up with the rest of the group we headed to the Scovil Bakery and then the Red Brick Store. The second story of the Red Brick Store is where the headquarter for the church was, where the Relief Society was organized and were the first endowments were performed. Pretty neat!

Our last stop of the afternoon was at the temple to take pictures.

That evening everyone, but Kim, attended the Nauvoo Pageant. It was great the first time I saw it (two years ago) and was just as great this time. I am definitely glad we planned the reunion during pageant time. The main cast was really good.

 Bryon and Shaun making dinner
Kari and the Kids (Eliza, Emelie, Michael, James) 
Grandma and Emelie
The Gunshop
 The Nauvoo Bagpipe Band

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