Thursday, April 03, 2014

Day 4 - Kansas City Missouri Temple

I have had the privilege of studying and teaching church history many times in my Gospel Doctrine class.  Being able to visit Carthage Jail where the Prophet Joseph Smith was martyred brought new meaning to all I know and feel about his sacrifice for Jesus Christ.

The room where he was shot.

The prophet Joseph Smith's testimony and account of seeing God the Father and His son Jesus Christ.

We did lots of driving today so we had a lesson about the Mississippi River...

Face timed with my babies...

Janie is going to go through cousin withdrawals for sure :).

We had a few hours before our appointment at the temple so we saw a movie about Liam Neeson in a plane--can't remember the name but I give it 3 stars.

Passed a little more time in the Kmart parking lot playing ball...

And then Kota changed his clothes in the Kmart parking lot-- apparently he has a thing about changing in public.

The Kansas City Temple is only 2 years old.  4 of the 11 children in the Boswell family (who we didn't know but now we do) helped us baptize 45 more people.  These kids drive about an hour each week to do baptisms at the temple and always bring a stack of family names that they have researched and found themselves.  Impressive.

Our last stop was Liberty Jail.  

Joseph Smith and a few of his friends spent over 5 months here.  The conditions were horrible, yet the prophet managed to turn a difficult time into a blessing as his faith was strengthened and he received revelation from The Lord.   He wrote the 121st, 122nd, and 123rd sections of The Doctrine & Covenants while he was here.

"The ability to turn everything into something good appears to be a Godly characteristic.  Our Heavenly Father always seems able to do this.  Everything, no matter how dire, is a victory to The Lord..."  -Elder Hartman Rector Jr

Our Triple D restaurant ended up being closed so we went to Cheddars (a favorite of the Texas cousins).  They have an amazing Monte Cristo sandwich!!

Tomorrow is our last day on the road...