For the past few years my sister who lives in Pennsylvania has traveled cross-country to visit family in Utah and stopped at LDS Church History sites along the way. This year she asked me to come along with her three boys and our mom to tour Nauvoo, Carthage, Liberty, and Winter Quarters.

Luckily, the children were mostly darling (bribery was used liberally), the weather was lovely in Nauvoo when we were nearly always outside, and I’ve been surprised how excited I’ve been about learning about my family history. It was difficult leaving Jeff for 3 weeks, and I admit I was rather sad and lonely at times, but soon we will leave all our family behind as we travel to Europe, so it has been a lot of fun to spend so much time with my family that I rarely see.

My favorite part of the trip was going to the Nauvoo Temple. The symbolism in the architecture, the dark stained, antique carved wood, the Sunstones, and stained-glass windows, all of it reminiscent of the time when the early Saints were settled there.