Thursday, 6 May 2010

Back in the Motherland

After a somewhat seemingly longer than expected flight I arrived back at London Heathrow on Tuesday 4th May at 8pm! Daddio came to pick me up and I was more than grateful for this as I had 2 x 50lb cases! I am glad to be back and look forward to getting back to work! So, its goodnight from me and goodnight from the USA!

Monday, 3 May 2010

Pottstown Car Show

Pottstown is an industrial town that flourished in the early 1900's but has not managed to progress past the 1980's with regard to fashion and lifestyle! They have carshows every month in the county and this month it was held at Pottstown. With the temperature at 101'F we only stayed for an hour before heading out to get cold drinks from a nearby garage then off home to put the children to bed. Here are a few of my favourite photographs. I simply love red cars!

Longwood Gardens

The trip we took to Longwood Gardens was somewhat reminiscent of an English country estate! It was an excellent place a family photo shoot and we spent two hours walking around in 90'F heat!!!! The flowers were gorgeous and here are a few photo's from the day!

The Longwood Gardens estate was originally purchased from William Penn in 1700 by a fellow Quaker named George Peirce. Although it started as a working farm, in 1798 Joshua and Samuel Peirce planted the first specimens of an arboretum. By 1850 they had amassed one of the finest collections of trees in the nation.
Industrialist Pierre du Pont purchased the property from the Peirce family in 1906 to save the arboretum from being sold for lumber. He made it his private estate, and from 1906 until the 1930s, du Pont added extensively to the property.
After the completion of the fountains, du Pont began planning for the sustained life of Longwood Gardens after his death. He founded the Longwood Foundation in 1937, and in 1946 the foundation was chartered with running Longwood Gardens for the general education and enjoyment of the public. His house can be seen in the photographs below.

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Aaronic Priesthood Restoration Site

The priesthood of God was restored to the earth near Harmony (now Oakland township), Pennsylvania, in 1829. Joseph and Emma Smith had moved here in December 1827 to escape persecution. Here Joseph began translating the plates that had been delivered to him by the angel Moroni.

Joseph and Emma moved from Harmony in August 1830. The home they lived in burned down in 1919. From 1947 to 1959, the Church acquired the land where Joseph and Emma lived and about 6 acres of riverfront property where the Aaronic Priesthood was restored.

Peter Whitmer Farm

The Peter Whitmer Farm visitors center is in the beautiful Fayette LDS chapel. This chapel was built in 1980 for the 150 years commemoration of the restoration of the LDS Church.

Members of the Whitmer family did much to further the budding Church. They took in the Prophet Joseph Smith Jr. and his wife Emma for a period of time and allowed Joseph and Oliver Cowdery to work on the translation of the Book of Mormon in their home. Joseph also received revelations comprising 20 sections of the Doctrine and Covenants, and some of the first priesthood ordinances were performed in or near this home. The Church was organised on April 6th 1830 in the Whitmer home.

Mary Whitmer had to work hard to maintain the household during the early days of the church. She was shown the plates of the Book of Mormon by a holy angel, whom she always called Brother Nephi. (She undoubtedly refers to Moroni, the angel who had the plates in charge.) Her account is as follows."It was at the time, she said, when the translation was going on at the house of the elder Peter Whitmer, her husband. Joseph Smith with his wife and Oliver Cowdery, whom David Whitmer a short time previous had brought up from Harmony, Pennsylvania, were all boarding with the Whitmers, and my grandmother in having so many extra persons to care for, besides her own large household, was often overloaded with work to such an extent that she felt it to be quite a burden."One evening, when (after having done her usual day's work in the house) she went to the barn to milk the cows, she met a stranger carrying something on his back that looked like a knapsack. At first she was a little afraid of him, but when he spoke to her in a kind, friendly tone and began to explain to her the nature of the work which was going on in her house, she was filled with inexpressible joy and satisfaction. He then untied his knapsack and showed her a bundle of plates, which in size and appearance corresponded with the description subsequently given by the witnesses to the Book of Mormon. This strange person turned the leaves of the book of plates over, leaf after leaf, and also showed her the engravings upon them; after which he told her to be patient and faithful in bearing her burden a little longer, promising that if she would do so, she should be blessed; and her reward would be sure, if she proved faithful to the end. The personage then suddenly vanished with the plates, and where he went, she could not tell. "
From that moment Mary was enabled to perform her household duties with comparative ease, and she felt no more inclination to murmur because her lot was hard. She was a strong believer in the Book of Mormon until the day of her death."

Palmyra Temple

The Palmyra Temple was Dedicated on April 6th 2002 and is the smallest of the mini Temples. I was fortunate to be given a tour of the Temple as I arrived a little early. The artwork and glasswork is breathtaking!

Hill Cumorah

In A.D. 421, Moroni, the last survivor of a great civilization that had inhabited the Americas since about 600 B.C., buried in this hill a set of gold plates on which was recorded the history of his people. In 1827, Moroni returned as an angel and delivered the plates to Joseph Smith, who translated them and published them as the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

After a tour of the visitors center I climbed the hill. This was no meant feat as, although this was a small hill, the terrain was steep!!!! I am glad that the sun was not too hot for this occasion!

As the crow flies the Sacred Grove is three miles from The Hill Cumorah and Joseph Smith walked this route several times before he was allowed to collect the Gold Plates and take them home to translate.