12 June 2009

True To The Faith

Nauvoo, Illinois Temple

True to the faith that our parents have cherished,
True to the truth for which martyrs have perished,
To God's command, soul, heart, and hand,
Faithful and true we will ever stand.

~~Evan Stephens

Blacksmith Shop

Oh, I'm sorry.  Were you under the mistaken
impression that these guys folded their arms
and walked around reverently for a week?

Oxen like the pioneers would have used. 

 With the Mississippi located in the background, this spot
 is just in front of Parley Street which many of the Saints 
walked down on their way to cross the river, beginning their
 historic, heart wrenching, and hope filled Trek West.  A simple 
'Trail of Hope' is also situated  here with numerous markers
 describing the many personal and painful stories.
   A sample:


~~Some had covers drawn over their wagons while others had
only a sheet drawn over a few poles to make a tent.  Sometimes
these rude tents were the only covering for the while keeping
the watchman post in the darkness of the night.  I wept over the
distressed condition of the Saints.  Toward the dim light of
 many a flickering lamp have my eyes been directed because 
of the crying of children, the restless movements of the aged,
 infirm and mournful groan of many suffering from fever. 
 These have made an impression on
my mind which can never be forgotten.  (Gilbert Belnap)

~~...here we all halted and took a farewell view of our delightful City.
We also beheld the magnificent Temple rearing its lofty tower towards
the heavens.  My heart did swell within me.  (Newel Knight)

~~My last act in that precious spot was to tidy the rooms, sweep up
the floor, and set the broom in its accustomed place behind the
door.  Then with emotions in my heart...I gently closed the door
and faced an unknown future; faced it with faith 
in God and with no less assurance of the ultimate
 establishment of the Gospel in the West
and of its true, enduring principles, than I had
 felt in those trying scenes in Missouri.  (Bathsheba Smith)

~~I was in Nauvoo on the 26th day of May 1846 for the last time,
and left the city of the Saints feeling that most likely I was taking a final
farewell of Nauvoo for this life.  I looked upon the temple 
and City as they receded from view and asked 
the Lord to remember the sacrifices
of his Saints.  (Wilford Woodruff)

~~We hurried to pack some food, cooking utensils, clothing and
bedding, which was afterward unpacked and strewn over the ground
by the mob as they searched for fire-arms.  Mother had some
bread already in the kettles to bake.  Of course she did not
have time to bake, so she hung it on the reach of our wagon and cooked
it after we crossed the Mississippi River.  (Mary Field Garner)

~~Without fire and something warm to eat, all would suffer through
the night.  Seeing no other way, I emptied a large valuable chest,
highly prized, split it up with the hatchet, and soon had a warm
supper; then in the freezing storm, we crowded into our wagon 
and remained there through the night.  (Benjamin F. Johnson)

~~As Sarah Leavitt and her daughters tried
 to comfort her sick husband, he began to sing, 'Come Let
 us anew, our journey pursue...'  He
sang that hymn as long as he had strength to sing it and
then wanted Elisa, one of his daughters, to sing it.  He died
without a struggle or a groan.  (Sarah Leavitt)

On June 24, 1844, the Prophet Joseph Smith, with his brother Hyrum,
and in company with seventeen other men, left Nauvoo for Carthage,
on what would be his final horse ride, to answer charges against him 
for "riot."  When they arrived at the intersection of Mulholland and
 Wells, Joseph gazed at the beautiful Temple, then looked toward 
Nauvoo and the Mississippi River and said, "This is the loveliest
place and the best people under the heavens.  Little 
do they know the trials that await them."  

1 comment:

  1. Great pictures, great trip. Really some of those pictures looked like post cards!