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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!

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Posted by Brad Stone - June 11, 2010 at 3:41 PM

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Day 12

Today Penny and I spent the day visiting the various Church historical sights in Kirtland, Ohio. There were some very special feelings throughout the day.

This is the Newel K. Whitney store. Built in 1826, it was an important gathering place in the community. Whitney generously provided rooms in the store for Church meetings, offices, and a home for Joseph Smith and his family.

Among many other types of goods, the Whitneys sold shoes. Notice that each shoe of a pair of shoes are identical and can be worn on either foot. This was done so that when one shoe wears out, all you need to do is buy one shoe to replace it.
This is a printout of the store’s register. Interesting looking at the prices of that day.
The Whitney Store goods: Barrel of flower – $3.46; Jar of molasses – .87; Beautiful lady next to the barrels – priceless.
Room above the store where Church Headquarters were located. Sixty five revelations, which are now in the Doctrine and Covenants, were received here. Joseph Smith met around this table with his counselors to conduct church business.
A room above the store where the school of the prophets was held. It was in this room that several of the brethren had a vision of the Father and the Son.
Kitchen in the store in which Emma Smith used to prepare meals.
Kirtland Temple, currently owned by the Community of Christ Church. (RLDS) During the dedication of the temple (an 8 hour meeting) many of the saints saw visions, heard choirs of angels and experienced one of the greatest spiritual events of their lives.
The Community of Christ Church did not allow photos taken inside the temple. So here are two tourist we found standing outside the temple. Handsome couple, don’t you think?
Home in which the Joseph and Emma Smith family.
Penny and I finished the day sitting on a park bench overlooking the great (And I mean great) Lake Erie. The lake covers 9,940 square miles.
See you tomorrow!

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Posted by Brad Stone - June 10, 2010 at 4:26 PM

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