May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 NIV

Saturday, June 7, 2008

A Visit to Missouri

On May 12th we left for a three week trip which would culminate in Alameda, CA. First stop....Kansas City, MO for a four-day Genealogy Conference. What a delightful city, Kansas City turned out to be. The weather was just right (not too hot, not humid) and the hotel was luxurious. We enjoyed the downtown singing fountains and a visit to the Hallmark Center. The amount of new genealogy info was almost overwhelming but we enjoyed learning new techniques for research.

Next stop was just down the road in Independence. My DH's roots go back to the original LDS church which later became the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and today is known as Community of Christ. Though we are not members, we had wanted to see the temple that they built in the 1970's and DH wanted to do some family research at their archives. The temple is quite an impressive building.

The temple to the right is the Mormon Temple in Nauvoo, IL. Navuvoo was the next stop on our family research trip. This temple was burned in the 1840's and the LDS church restored it in 2006. The views from the grounds near the temple were breath-taking. The town itself is rather small and quiet.

Then it was time to head back to MO for a visit to St. Louis. We took the scenic route along the Mississippi River. The weather again was beautiful and not hot and humid. Spring was blossoming all over. The St. Louis Gateway Arch was just as fabulous as I thought it would be. I decided to "go for it" and take the little car up to the top. It was like riding in Mork's capsule. Once we were at the top, I elected to take a quick view out the windows and then sit down. Needless to say, we didn't stay up there too long. We also took an hour long river cruise. A leisurely riverboat cruise is much more my style.

So that's our trip to MO. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Next blog..........Celebrations in California.

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