We have many thoughts running through our minds about now. We will be heading home in four days and should arrive either Monday or Tuesday.
And we admit to being a bit excited about returning to our 'huge' home (not really all that big but we have been living in an RV)! We've been gone a lot over the past four and half years or so and we are ready to stay home for a little bit.
One thing I learned; I had a 65 year warranty on this earthly tabernacle of mine, and it ran out last July! We both have had some health issues while we have been here. Mostly, backs that are not up to this sort of work any longer! I have no cartilage left in the lowest (or L5) position, so it is bone on bone. Don't know how long it has been that way, but this mission let me know about it! I've been in pain most of the six months we've been here.
Sister Caldwell has also had some back trouble the last couple of weeks.
But we will make it home and then take some time to recover!
None-the-less, this has been a wonderful experience and we are thrilled to have been able to serve here. Kirtland holds a much larger roll in Church history than we knew. For example, Joseph and the headquarters of the Church were in Kirtland longer than anywhere until Salt Lake. Not Nauvoo or Missouri, Kirtland, Ohio. And nearly half of all of the revelations contained the Doctrine and Covenants came here, in Ohio. And the list of things which began in here in Ohio is a rather lengthy and impressive one. Such things as the offices of Bishop, Apostle, Seventy, Patriarch, Deacon and others, all began here.
And the list goes on.
A VERY common response from those who come here and take part in one of our guided tours, is, 'Why don't we talk about this more in the Church' or 'Why don't know we know about all this in the Church'?
The included photo is of the Johnson Inn and the Whitney Store, just two of the venues we help with here.
We have learned a lot here.