Day 13

Today we visited the John Johnson home, where Joseph and Emma lived for a year, from Sept 1831 to Sept 1832; and also visited the rock quarry where the stone was cut for the Kirtland Temple.

While sleeping in this bedroom in the Johnson home, a mob broke into the home and carried Joseph out the door and about 300 yards from the home, stripped him of his clothes, and proceeded to tar and feather him. Some of the men scraped the Prophet’s skin with their fingernails. They even tried to pour poison into his mouth. All night Emma and the Johnsons cleaned the tar from the body of Joseph. The next day Joseph preached from the front steps of the Johnson home to a congregation, which included some of the members of the mob, . In his journal, Joseph records, “With the rising of the sun it was the sabbath day, I preached a sermon and baptized three.”
The field he was carried into and tarred and feathered.
Many revelations were received in this room. One significant revelation was of the Three Degrees of Glory as recorded in the 76th section of the Doctrine and Covenants. Joseph Smith and Sydney Rigdon saw God the Father and Jesus Christ in this room. (Special feelings were felt here)
Penny and I at the rock quarry.
Slabs of rock were quarried from this site and hauled two miles to the temple site and used for the construction in the Kirtland Temple.
Today ended our visits at the historic sites. Tomorrow, Penny will board a plane back to Salt Lake, and I’ll climb back on my iron horse and head due west for home hoping to arrive home by Wednesday.
It has been a very enjoyable three days with Penny. I’ll miss her.
See you tomorrow!