We can scarcely imagine the shock and sorrow of that fateful Thursday afternoon, June 27, 1844 (179 years ago today) when Joseph and Hyrum were killed by a ruthless mob. I have gathered some of my photographs and some of the accounts of those who were there or were in Nauvoo to try to piece those feelings together on this day of commemoration. Come and see.
PHOTO ESSAY GALLERY
It is only a building in Evermore Park in Pleasant Grove Utah, but when we walked in, suddenly we were in Nazi Germany. Noted film maker T.C. Christensen and crew had transformed the building interior into a train station, with Nazi flags flying ominously.
It has commanded the landscape for some time, and from our home across the valley, we watched the Saratoga Springs Utah temple arise. Yet, one has to move closer to begin to recognize its stunning scope, its majestic and serene presence, its holiness as it stands surrounded by Utah Lake and Mt. Timpanogos.
Most will not have the opportunity to go to the Holy Land where the Savior wrought the Atonement. Come with us and see the very places and read the scriptures that bring this greatest act in history to light. Happy Easter!
Many years ago we visited a neighbor's home during the Christmas holidays. Their passion was collecting nativities from all over the world. It moved us so deeply and we felt the Spirit so strongly in their home, we decided then and there we would start collecting nativities in our own world travels. Come and enjoy a few of our nativities: From the Proctor home to yours, with love. Merry Christmas.
For our people, only two other places compare in sacred significance to this place, namely Adam-ondi-Ahman and Jerusalem. Today I take you, in beautiful photographs, as if with the young boy Joseph, into the Sacred Grove. I encourage you to gather your spouse, your children or grandchildren, your roommate or some friends around the computer screen and read and discuss the captions one-by-one together.
"Why would you want to visit Auschwitz?" our friend asked us. We went because we couldn't help but go. We went to remember how prejudice explodes into hate and butchery. Come with us on this 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
It was indeed an evening in Rome never to forget. Seven of the senior leadership of the Church gathered to be with the youth of the new Rome Italy Temple district. President M. Russell Ballard spoke to the youth and gave them wise counsel. As you read the captions of this photo essay (and look upon the beautiful youth) you'll get the message he gave.
Clearly there is an excitement in the air, signifying that the Temple Dedication here in Rome is viewed as very important and significant by the Church. That feeling was poignant on the gray Sunday morning as people streamed to the temple grounds for the first dedication. Among them were Italian pioneers who had joined the Church when there were no other members in their town. Come join is in beautiful photographs and meeting amazing people in this signature photo essay.
There are only two places in Rome where you can see the depiction of the 12 Apostles in statue form--and one of those places is about to be dedicated. Don't miss this opportunity to see, through beautiful photographs, the impressive and amazing Rome Temple Visitors' Center.