Ok we’re going back to the road trip posts for a second. We’re going to try to finish up these posts so we can get back to Boston! So, let’s go to Ohio for a moment.
We went to church in the Kirtland ward, just a few blocks away from all the historic sights. The Church has reclaimed many of the property that was once owned by early church members before they were driven out, including the Newel K. Whitney Store, where Joseph Smith lived for a while. Many significant revelations and visitations occurred there, and the school of the prophets was also upstairs. It was a really beautiful city, as you can see in the photographs. We went to the temple first, which is owned by the Community of Christ church. We had an excellent tour guide, who knew very well the events that occurred in the temple. Even though we had read Doctrine and Covenants 110 before we went, it made a lot more sense to see the “breastwork of the pulpit” as Joseph Smith described it, and to see how there were veils, or curtains, dropped between the pulpits, so that he and Oliver Cowdrey were, indeed, alone when they were visited by Christ, Moses, Elias, and Elijah. Unfortunately we were not permitted to take photographs inside the temple, but we took plenty from the outside.
After the temple tour, we went to the LDS visitors center. The senior missionaries took us on a tour of the sites that the Church owns now. Here are some of the sites we saw:
The Newel K. Whitney home (not the store):
The rest of these are pictures from Newel K. Whitney’s store. They were doing some updates on the outside of the building, as you can see, but nearly all of the house was original to what it was when the Whitneys and Joseph Smith lived there. It has been furnished with period decor, though most of the accessory items are not original.
Oliver Cowdrey’s bed: