Kirtland, OH area then on to Niagara Falls

Trip Start Jul 07, 2006
Trip End Aug 09, 2006

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Monday, July 10, 2006

The weather was a bit damp during my visit to Kirtland, but it didn't dampen my desire to see everything there was to see there. I initially visited the Kirtland Temple, currently owned by the Community of Christ (RLDS) Church. My tour guide was very nice. However, she would not allow me to see the top floor of the Temple because of the large crowds that come through during the month of July (Hill Cumorah Pageant). Despite the fact that I was the only one in my tour group and there was no tour group behind me she had to abide by the rule. All I could do was chuckle.

The Temple tour was quite interesting and the way the special events that occurred there was presented by the tour guide certainly was interesting, too. I visited the nearby cemetery before heading to the area of Kirtland owned and operated by our Church.

The rain dropped off as I arrived and my tour of the rejuvenated and rebuilt facilities was very nice. It was interesting to me how much more conducive to the Spirit these buildings and surroundings were than over at the Temple. Sad! But I guess the Temple has served its purpose.

It was neat to sit in the room where the School of the Prophets was held in the upstairs of the N. K. Whitney store. I can't even imagine what it might have been like to have been taught under the hand of the Prophet.

After visiting all the sites in Kirtland I drove out to the Isaac Morley farm. It was a very uplifting visit and I learned some things I can't remember ever hearing before. Joseph translated portions of the Bible and received several revelations while residing near here. When the Morley's moved to MO Joseph and Emma moved to Hiram, OH to live with the John Johnson family and commence the translation of the Book of Mormon. The Savior visited Joseph several times in the woods nearby.

After I was certain I'd seen everything there was to see in the Kirtland area I drove to Niagara. Entering Canada was much easier than I'd anticipated and I found the Marriott Hotel quite easily. I used the valet service to park my car and when I went to check in they initially put me in a smoking room. When I told them this was unacceptable, that I'd reserved a non-smoking room, they upgraded me to a Bridal Suite on the 16th and 17th floors. It was a very nice room, and it had a fantastic view of the Canadian falls, but I kinda felt out-of-place. However, I had a great time while there and everyone who have been told about it have enjoyed a laugh about it, so it was all for a good cause.
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