December 20, 2009

Winter Quarters Temple.....

Today we went on a family drive to the Winter Quarters Temple in Omaha. What a gorgeous Temple & such an amazing story. We watched a movie on the pioneers & the girls were able to dress up like pioneers & try to pull a hand cart! They thought that was pretty cool!
I guess it is a tradition in Omaha that every year there's a gingerbread house display down stairs in the visitors center. It was pretty neat! They have at least 100 different gingerbread houses on display & a scavenger hunt for the kids.

Here is Sadie standing with her face in the gingerbread man!
Kelsey as a gingerbread girl!!

Lindsey as a gingerbread girl!

Kelsey & Lindsey in front of the Nauvoo temple sculpture.

Here are the girls spinning the wagon wheel till it reaches a mile...360 turns I think...they only made it 10!!!

Here we are looking out onto the pioneer cemetery & the temple grounds covered in SNOW!!
What a beautiful temple!!
This is a neat painting of what winter quarters looked like in pioneer days.
This is a model of what one of the homes would have been like back then. There would have been 2 families that lived in each house. It was the size of my bedroom right now, maybe even smaller. I completely admire the pioneers.
Inside the home.

Here are the girls trying to push the handcart.
All dressed up like pioneers. It was so funny, Lindsey wanted to wear all the boys 'Cowboy' clothes!! =)

Getting dressed up!
Outside the visitor center...FREEZING our bums off in front of this gorgeous statue of the pioneers!!! They have statues like this all over Omaha.
Bryan & the girls.

The whole family in front of the temple gates.
I had such a great day! I have such a love in my heart for how brave & selfless the pioneers were. I don't think I could have ever done what they did, Barry my baby, or husband, walk across the frozen river. Truly the Lord works in amazing ways. How blessed we are to have this amazing gospel & knowledge of it in our lives. We had a great day together as a family reflecting on our churches amazing history. What a great place we now live in full of church history. I look forward to this summer & being able to visit MORE church sites.