The story behind this old well would best be served by reading what is referred to as one of Joseph Smith's best sermons ever...The King Follet Discourses. He was a close friend of the Prophet Joseph and was killed in an accident while building a well...This monument was erected in his name (King Follet).
This location is known as Inspiration Point...
The kids and I outside the Red Brick Store.
This was home to Joseph and Emma Smith.
The Mansion House...home to Joseph and Emma for 10 months prior to his murder. And then home to Emma and their children after her return.
He came back to us and said the Temple President would like to see all of you in the temple...WHAT, did he just say in the temple??? The next thing we knew, 14 children and 2 momma's were inside the temple doors in our normal street clothes being treated as though we were royalty. By the way, I truly do believe each of my children are Royalty and it was such a blessing to have others see them in that same light. We met and were instructed and counseled by the Temple President, Wayne S. Peterson and his beautiful wife, Sister Joan Peterson. He gave each of the children a little pamphlet on the Nauvoo temple along with the 2010 schedule. Inside the schedule is a message that they shared from President Thomas S. Monson:
"As we love the temple, touch the temple, and attend the temple, our lives will reflect our faith. As we come to these holy houses of God, as we remember the covenants we made within, we shall be able to bear every trial and overcome each temptation. The temple provides purpose for our lives."
After sharing their message with us, they shook each of the kids hands and spoke to each of them. This was such an amazing end to our day. Bryce was especially touched because he wanted so badly to be in the temple (but he's not quite 12) so he was quite disappointed that we hadn't waited to be here until after he had turned 12...what a blessing this was for him. He was glowing. I am going to share what he wrote in his journal after leaving...(making sure to show you just exactly as he wrote it)
NAUVOO TEMPLE!!! I got to go inside The NAUVOO TEMPLE! I could feel the Spirit going around everywhere and all around. I could never explain what it felt like, it was the best experience I have ever had! I got to go into the Temple at age 11!!! The guy that let us in the Temple was the President of the Temple, his name was President Wayne S. Peterson. He was one of the BEST MEN I will EVER MEET! The elder that told him about us was from the Temple Information Center, he was really nice. President Peterson was a General Authority, I WENT IN THE TEMPLE!!!
Our other children wrote beautiful things as well that they have included in their books of Nauvoo, but I felt this one really summed it all up!
So as you can see, this was not a day that could wait for me to journal about...I wanted to remember the feelings that I had and relish in the beauty of what my children were able to feel this day. This will go down as one of the highlights of my life! I only wish my Dear Husband and our Shealyn with her family could have been here...to have had them all in this wonderful place together would have been the only thing that could have made this special day any more special!