We decided to drive out to Mass and stop by some Church history sites as well as Niagara Falls on our way. Everyone who knows me, knows I hate to drive long distances because our kids don't do so well on road trips. There was a lot of whining and crying and "are we there yet?" But, it was worth it all for us to visit the Church history sites as a family.
Our first stop was in Kirtland Ohio. It was really great to have this opportunity to see all of the wonderful church history in this city.
I tried to get a picture of the kids in front of the Kirtland Temple, but Elle was not in the mood, all she wanted to do was cry. And the other kids were so wiggly. They were so happy to be out of the car. So we ended up with a picture of Lauren and Parker tickling each other, and Elle crying.
After Kirtland, we drove to Niagara Falls. Unfortunately the hotel was horrible and had no children's channels on the TV(they need Comcast, ha ha). Thank goodness for the Ipad!!
We had such a great time seeing Niagara Falls. It was a little chilly, and very foggy. We went on the Maid of the Mist, and love it. It was so cool to be able to get so close to the Falls. I was surprised at how wet we got.
We were in a hurry, so we drove straight to Palmyra. What an amazing place! I love this picture of Parker standing in front of the bed where Joseph Smith saw Angel Moroni.
As you walked from the Smith's log home to their frame home you can see the Palmyra Temple in the background. We weren't able to go in the Temple this time, so I can only imagine the gorgeous view that there is from inside the temple looking out to the Sacred Grove.
After we looked in the Smith's frame house, we headed into the Sacred Grove. Wow, what an amazing place!!! It was amazing to walk through there and think about the incredible event that took place there so many years ago, and that I wouldn't be who I am now if Joseph smith's vision had never taken place. I am so grateful for Joseph Smith and all of the pioneers of our church.