Anyone who knows Newell knows how much he LOVES Thorlo socks. He’s pretty low key about most things, but is demanding about his socks. Andrew took us shopping for Thorlos, contributing to a very happy Newelly 🙂
We ate lunch out, then headed back to the house. Annie had invited her friend Simone to dinner. I asked Andrew what he wanted me to make for dessert. He replied won tons. yum. Spontaneously the menu changed and wontons became the entree. Simone, who is deploying to Afghanistan, was an enchanting lady, she changed my preconceived notion about female soldiers!
After dinner, we played several rounds of Killer Bunnies. Tim was familiar with the card game. I’d never heard of it, it was crazy and a lot of fun.
Newell’s first home was in Holly CO. The population of around 1,000 goes up and down a bit, but hasn’t changed much in many decades. He’s sporting a Colorado cap given him by a nice lady at the hospitality center and his Virginia Tech polo shirt (…later)
This is the location of his Grandma’s house which was destroyed by a tornado after Newell and Tim’s last visit to Holly a few years ago. The McMurtrys had a cattle ranch a few miles out of town. Grandma Mac and family lived in town; she taught business at the high school.
We stopped to pay our respects at the local cemetery. Newell’s grandfather and others were buried together in the family plot. Since Newell had always wanted to be buried near his family in Holly, we were fortunate on the day we were there, to meet the cemetery superintendent. Of the five graveyards he manages, he happened to be on the property that day, Newell spoke with him and reserved the plot adjacent to his grandfather.
The McMurtry Building in downtown Holly. Built from locally hewn sandstone, it still stands in the center of town. Originally it was a bank, then land office. It is currently used as the town recreation center.
After dodging tornadoes, we arrived safely at the home of (Auntie) Em and Tim. They were very gracious hosts and it was wonderful to spend time with the newlyweds. They were married on our anniversary in February 🙂 Tim is in the U.S. Army and Ems is working on her teaching credential – she wants to teach Kindergarten – lucky kids!
Sorry, that’s Missouri; Andrew renamed it after going through army basic training there. I LOVED Missouri. I really LOVED IT!
We visited Jackson County Mo, where modern revelation has pinpointed the location of the Garden of Eden. This site in Independence, MO is where the temple of New Jerusalem will be built. The scriptures say the glory of the Lord will be there and it will be a place of gathering; a place of peace, refuge and safety.
Liberty Jail, where Joseph Smith and friends endured much misery; but in the end grew stronger and more capable. The amazing revelations found in the Doctrine and Covenants 121 – 123 were received in this lowly, holy place.
Adam Ondi Ahman, the place where God and man connected. After leaving Eden, Adam and Eve traveled here to live and start their family, making it the literal cradle of civilization. Before Christ’s second coming, He will meet with Adam, the prophets and priesthood holders here for a report of their stewardshiips. It is a beautiful, peaceful valley.
We visited the Red Brick Store where the first Relief Society was organized. It had been demolished and reconstructed, but the original feeling of good still lingered…
Our other great…great grandfather Christopher Layton had a farm near this location. He marched from Iowa to San Diego with the Mormon Battalion to fight the war with Mexico, brought Saints from England and settled Utah and Arizona. He’s buried with our great…great grandmother Caroline Cooper about a mile from our home in Utah.
Cousin Emily McMurtry volunteered to get up at zero-dark-thirty to take Karl to the airport in Chicago. She will evermore be a hero in my book.
As we prepared to return home, we decided to visit the jail at Carthage, IL, the site of the murder of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.
They looked at the beautiful Nauvoo Temple one last time, before surrendering themselves into the protective custody of the governor of Illinois. Joseph was ordered to stand trial for the destruction of the newspaper, The Nauvoo Expositor, which had been publishing stories to incite violence against the Latter-day Saint community.
in the protective custody of the governor.