Sunday, April 20, 2008

Trip to Independence, Beach

I made it back from the Restorations Studies Symposium, and loved every bit of it. Met several persons with similar backgrounds, as well as a handful of apostles--three from the Community of Christ, and two others from the various churches around Independence (their are over 100 churches which trace their authority and message to Joseph Smith Jr.). I also met Becky Savage, a member of the Community of Christ First Presidency, and saw Fred Larsen, President/Prophet of the Remnant LDS Church and descendant of the Smith family.

Although it was bitter cold, Jackson County was still beautiful in its own way. I do question God on Zion being anywhere so frigid after basking in Florida's warmth.

In case you aren't familiar with it, the above picture is of the Temple. Below are two of the stained-glass windows from inside of the Stone Church, built by Joseph Smith III in the late-19th century.

Having recovered from my trip, and needing a break before Finals enters its death roll, yesterday we traveled to Daytona Beach, hoping that going a little further south would warm things up. The water was still a little cold, but the sun was hot and the kids had a blast playing in the sand.
Lincoln managed to avoid eating any sand this time; Ella, however, did not. I'm sure it will be helpful in encouraging peristalsis, like bran on steroids.

1 comment:

Jason R. Smith said...

Yes, we did have a fun time at the RSS. I never could eat my super secret souvenir apple because of its sacred nature. I finally had to throw it, though.