Friday, August 19, 2011

Mormon Trail and Winter Quarters: A Picture Blitz

The trip had been planned long ago.  We are so happy that we were all six able to fly westward to visit the historical pioneer sites in Omaha, Nebraska.  

These pioneers took their harp across the plains.

Not to be outdone, Lucy enlisted some strong arms for a faux romp in this lush grass.

The weather was perfect.

So was our private VIP tour.

Elder Mangum

Swan Princesses on Geese

Loading the wagons.

Seth and the Nauvoo Temple

Sister Mangum

Pulling Avery in the cart

The Gooch grandparents have sacrificed time at home and with family to spend 18 months helping us learn the history of those magnificent and faithful early saints who were driven out of their homes and began a long trek out west.  The trip took much longer than they anticipated (mostly because of mud) so the stayed in Winter Quarters on land set aside for the Native Americans.  There they planted crops that they would never harvest for the next group to pass through.

I loved the stories.  I'm amazed, like Sister Mangum said, that they didn't give up.  That through all the persecution, death of loved ones along the way, and hardship they endured, they never gave up on the faith that had changed their lives.  They believed in its goodness and the hope and joy it had brought.

Not even the steepest, rockiest, muddiest trail could make them turn from that.


The Original Mangums said...

What a wonderful visit! Thank you for coming - it was so special!

The Busch's Hullabaloo said...

So glad you were able to make the trip as a family, mom and dad were thrilled to have all of you there! We loved our visit as well. Love you guys!

Kurt Knudsen said...

Looks like you had the best tour guides ever!

olivia said...

the kids look so classy in their formal black and white! love the matching-but-not-the-same dresses. :)

Jessica said...

Seth looks so much like his grandfather!

Caitlin said...

I'm so glad you went to visit Winter Quarters! That's where we were married and I even have an ancestor's name on the statue in the cemetery. Makes me miss home, for sure!

BRENTandROBIN + two said...

Great post! I miss the parents terribly and we miss you guys too! Glad to know that all 6 of you made it there and that Lucy is getting around one way or another.