Amazing Adam-ondi-Ahman Trip
Wow, it has been way too long since I have posted. I'm really not that lazy, I just felt like we had been to all of the historical sites, and what else would I write about? I have decided that that is really crazy because after all we are on a mission, and most of what I have learned is about missionary work, faith, and my growth in the Gospel. So I will be writing about more of those kind of things.
We have been to Adam-ondi-Ahman many times, but we had a highlight trip there yesterday. Every 6 months the Visitors Center takes the sister missionaries that have not had an opportunity to go there because it it out of the boundaries of the Zone here in Independence. Elder Crow is over the vehicles so he was asked to drive the Mission van, and he asked if I could go with them.
The sisters were so excited to go. I know all of them because they come into the mission office often to get their mail, but I did not know some of them very well, so it was really fun to get to know them better. I asked all of them what was their favorite conference talk. I was surprised that so many of them liked the same talk that I did, by Elder Larry Lawrence, "What Lack I Yet?"
We got to Adam-ondi-Ahman at 9:00 in the morning. We met Brother Bonnet and his wife. Brother Bonnet is the Stake Patriarch there in the Adam-ondi-Ahman area, he does unofficial tours of the area. At the 1st overlook, he talked all about the history of the area. Beginning with Adam and Eve. That it was revealed to Joseph Smith that this was the area that Adam and Eve traveled to when they were expelled from the Garden of Eden. It is so amazing to me to think that Father Adam, or Michael, and Mother Eve walked in this place. It really is sacred ground. I for one am grateful that Eve had to wisdom and courage to eat that fruit!
|Brother Bonnet, his wife and Elder Toronto|
|A rose among the thorns in the lovely green towel. It was cold!|
Brother Bonnet, then talked about how Joseph Smith came there in ...... and dedicated the land for a Stake of Zion. Lyman Wight had a cabin there, and that became the meeting house for the area. It soon became a gathering place for many saints who had been forced out of Jackson county.
|Sisters doen the hill listening to brother Bonnett from Preachers Rock|
|Sisters singing Adam-ondi-Ahman. It sounded like angels!|
|Sister Hafoka and Sister Delgado|
|Sister Hafoka is going home to Tonga nest week!|
|We had a great lunch in a work room at Adam-ondi-Ahman|
|Listening to Brother Evans|
|The angelic choir again to Far West|
Last stop Historic Liberety Jail. We let some of the sisters who are "working " there out, but also took a tour of the jail. Very powerful and moving. Joseph and the others sufferd so much there, but he learned so much about himself and his relationship with the Lord there.
|Beautiful painting by Liz Lemmon Swindle|
|Prisoners in their cell. This is the exact spot, in fact the floor is original|