First off was a trip to Pine Valley, nestled in gorgeous alpine mountains with a stream running next to a hiking trail. Only a few miles away, we stopped at the infamous Mountain Meadows, home to the tragic massacre of an emigrant wagon train from Arkansas by members of the Church under the direction of their local priesthood leaders. Both of us have read the most recent book released by Church historians on the topic, so the place meant a little more to us. Today, the grave sites of the victims can still be seen, and two memorials have been erected by the Church. A sad, but true part of our history.
|Hiking Pine Valley|
|Mountain Meadows gravesite|
Our second trip was to the north rim of the Grand Canyon, where we made it to all of the viewpoints and most of the hikes. One hike took us right along the rim, with breathtaking (and sometimes scary!) views. We had to watch Aly like hawks, since most of the sites had no railing.
Finally, we went back to Las Vegas to visit some of the converts from Dave's mission and some old friends who recently moved there. We were able to stop by the temple. It was a great experience for both of us, and we enjoyed seeing all of the people who mean so much to us. Thanks to all of you who have made an impact on our lives for the better.