Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Patriarch and Linda visit

Brother Harry and Linda came for a weekend visit arriving Friday afternoon and departing early Monday morning, but we packed a lot into that brief time.

Harry was interested in the Erie Canal.   There is a small state park around Lock 32 in Pittsford.  The weather was ideal for late fall and we enjoyed the views.

Looking upstream. 

Sister Jones adding to the beautiful scenery.

A rowing team on the water. 

Harry studies the history.  The canal is part of our family history as the Putnams began their journey from  Central Western New York (east of where we are) to Michigan on it in the 1830s.

Harry treated us to supper at The Legends in downtown Rochester and I picked up the parking ticket.

Saturday morning, Harry and I walked back to the Waters of Brigham on the property we live on to where Brigham Young was baptized. 

A twosie at the Waters of Brigham. 

We drove to the Tomlinson Inn where Samuel Smith (Joseph's brother) gave a Book of Mormon to Phineas Young, Brigham Young's brother in 1830.  This book was passed among the Young and Kimball families and brought them into the church.   Also in this building, Brigham Young gave his first sermons. The Mendon Saints met here until moving on to Kirkland.

The Waters of Brigham are at the treeline across the fields behind Harry. 

We then joined the ladies for a leisurely breakfast of blueberry pancakes with buttermilk syrup, smokey links, and cheesy eggs with cider and milk. 

Amply nourished we drove to visit church history sites in Palmyra.  The Grandin Print Shop was the first stop.  Following that Harry and I visited the Canal.  There was a one-day nine-stake Youth Conference going on and we listened to a presentation being given to one of the groups while  Sister Jones and Linda went to the LDS Bookstore,  Then we all went to the Temple and walked the beautiful grounds.  David Cook was presenting there about the regulatory hoops that were overcome to get the Temple constructed in a very short time.   We then went to the Hill Cumorah and enjoyed some of the new clips in the "Meet the Mormons" video and the excellent displays.  Sister Andersen was a very good guide. 

Saturday evening we introduced Harry and Linda to Blokus and played some fun-filled games of Boggle.

Sunday, we drove to Fayette to attend church on the grounds of the Peter Whitmer farm where the church was organized in 1830.  The Visitor Center is attached to the meeting house which has a unique design inside.  Elder and Sister Erickson were our friendly and informative guides.  There are inspiring videos shown only at this location.

Bright and early, Harry O and Linda departed after adding a page to the history of the John Young farmhouse.

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