30 August 2011

Kirtland, Summer 2011

While Alex and Lawson were here from Idaho, we took the opportunity to visit Kirtland, Ohio, an LDS Church historical site. I have been there a few times over the years, and each time it is better. 
One of the highlights of Kirtland is the temple, the first one built in current times, although it is not used currently as an LDS temple any longer. In fact, this temple is not even owned by the church - It is owned by the Community of Christ Church. They do a terrific job of maintaining the building and the grounds, and showing people around.
But there is lots to do and see in Kirtland. The LDS church has many historical sites to see with tours by missionaries. You cannot help but feel the spirit in this place!
Starting at the visitor's center, we visited so many fun places and learned so much. At the sawmill, I have to say I was a little nervous about these humongous teeth on the blades!
At the ashery, Liam handled the shovel like a pro, and may have violated a few child labor laws.
Lots of walking, but it was such a beautiful day!
Other sites include the Newel K Whitney store, the schoolhouse and the Johnson Inn Resource Center. So much to learn!
On the steps of the Kirtland Temple.
What an awesome sacrifice to build such a House of the Lord. 
(We did discover a nest in one of the windows. Glad it was up high.)
A great place to visit and renew our testimony of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

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