Friday, October 12, 2012

Back In Time

Breakfast was ready and served every morning.  We didn't even
get that when we stayed at the hotels in the past.
They served waffles one morning, breakfast casserole and pancakes.
The tables nicely set each morning.
After our morning training, we stepped back in time.
First we stopped by the blacksmith's, he told us all about how
they made the wagons and their wheels and what they were 
allowed to take along on the journey.
We loved this guy, he was quite a character.  He was also in the
review last night, but he taught us all kinds of things.
 The wheels were made out of wood and then the metal heated and bent 
to form around the wheel to make it strong and last the trip.
He was full of knowledge and he shared it with us in a 
very fun way.
Then he made us a mini horse shoe, to show how they heat the
iron and bend it, cool it, then stamp it.  Then he asked who had a
birthday in August and several of us raised our hands, then he asked
what day of the month and mine was closest to his and so I got the
horseshoe.  We all received one at dinner last night so I gave it
to President Rasband's granddaughter.  She was very excited.
Then we moved on to Brigham's house, I love this rocking bench.
I wonder if we could figure out how to make one, it would be 
great for our grand babies.
They even had a marble game, just like ours.  They called
the game,  duck, duck, goose.
These dishes were restored.  They were found in pieces, but a 
gentleman put them back together piece by piece, then reglazed 
them to full restoration.
Brigham Young didn't like the wood that was in the home
 so he had it repainted to look like a different kind of wood.
This is the room where the brethren would meet,
discussing matters of the church.
This portrait was painted of Brigham and he insisted that the
bust of Joseph Smith be painted in the background.
The well and cellar were from the original homestead.

Our next stop was the printing press.  We learned so many interesting 
things there.  This is where they published the Nauvoo Neighbor.
We learned all about the way they placed the letters and put in the fillers.
This is the actual press.  The missionaries demonstrated how it worked.
All the letters are placed upside down and backward, so they
had to be very careful about what letters they pulled and how they
placed them.  That's how they got the saying, "mind your p's and q's".
Ding bats are decorative fillers for the paper.  They told us that 
"ding bats" are pretty and take up space.  So if someone calls you a 
ding bat, well, there you go.
We were on our way to the car when we saw this coming
up the street.  A horse drawn wagon with two funny missionaries
driving the team from last night's Nauvoo Rendezvous. 

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