Monday, January 21, 2008
I am writing from Kirtland, Ohio, where Carl and I have been learning more about our heritage. We had an incredible meeting in the Kirtland Temple Friday night and Saturday spent an afternoon in the John Johnson Family Home (Carl's fourth great grandfather) where Joseph Smith received 16 revelations that are now part of the D&C. Since we were the only tourists there (it is very cold and stormy!) we weren't rushed through and were able to sit in the Revelation Room and talk about the wondrous events that occurred there and to read from D&C 76 and to soak in the beautiful feeling that filled the room. We also went through the home where Eliza R. Snow and her brother Lorenzo Snow lived when in Kirtland. It is privately owned, but the owners are friends of Carl's cousins, John and Carol, with whom we are staying and they took us through the house. Again, an amazing experience. Today we are going to the Morley farm and to see the site where some of my family lived, Thomas Rice King and his wife Melinda Robison. We return home tomorrow. I'll write more about it then. All I can say now is that my heart is very full!