Our next stop was Independence Missouri. We went to the Visitors Center there and they had a lot of fun things there for the kids to do.
We stayed here for quite awhile and just let the kids let loose!
Jed and Drew played checkers and the girls and I played "pioneers."
We went through the Reorganized Church's temple or the Community of Christ as it is now called. Pretty interesting.
I felt like Independence is kind of like what Palmyra, New York, was when Joseph Smith lived there. There is a lot of religious excitement there. Different churches all over the place and just right next door to each other. It was so interesting to see the different break offs of the Church there too; all right next to each other and all wanting that temple lot.
I didn't get many pictures there at all, I don't even have one of the temple lot.
I came away from that stop feeling so grateful for my ancestors faith during a difficult time for the church after Joseph Smith was killed and there was so much confusion about who the next prophet was.
Yet another fun bridge. We drove to our condo that night, singing our hearts out in the car and having a jolly old time together, not to mention getting slightly lost... to late in the night. The next day was Sunday and we got to rest and relax in the condo and watch conference on the ipads. Who knew conference wasn't on the radio and tv everywhere in the world?!
We got to explore the new surroundings in between conference sessions.
That was the condo there on the left, right on the banks of the humongous Lake of the Ozarks.
We spotted fish and turtles in the water. How fun is that to see turtles in the water!
There was this little playset right there at the condo too.
Even ClaireBear got to join the fun and swing in an actual swing for the first time.