A+ New England Weekend!
What a week! We began with Zone conferences on Tuesday. We only attended ours, which was held at our building. It is always fun to see all of the missionaries come together. Lots of hugging and memories shared. We were able to see the film, "Meet the Mormons". The Missionary department had instructed that the missionaries see this film before its release on Friday so they would be prepared for questions, etc. They will not be able to see it in a theater, so this was the purpose of the early Zone Conferences. The film was well done and I recommend it to all who read this. We finished out the week trying to keep up so we could be gone for the weekend--and we made it. We began our Friday arriving at 30th Street Station--a very huge train station 2 hours early. So we watched people...We boarded the train and in just 90 minutes we were in New York City Penn Station where Bob and Twila Harman, Cari Eames, and Jack and Shelley Harman boarded the train. Bob and Twila did not know we would be on the train. It was fun to see all of them and get to spend the next 7 hours visiting while we traveled up New York, then Connecticut, then Massachusetts, then a sliver of New Hampshire and into Vermont. We got off at White River Junction and were met by Kent and Tami Harman who are serving a mission at the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial. We had all gathered to see what they were doing and visit. We were joined by Brad and Diane Neibaur. Did we EVER have a wonderful time together! Kent and Tami were wonderful tour guides for the Birthplace and for their state.
This is the foundation of the Solomon Mack family--the parents of Joseph's mother. It was a ways from the monument, but was along what used to be the main highway that followed the creek. Further up the hill was another site which was found by some Boy Scouts and turned out to be what they think was the Daniel Smith home--Joseph's uncle.
We were glad that we took the train. It enabled us to relax as we traveled and Corry got to enjoy the scenery instead of concentrating on the driving.