Yep, another day on the travel route ending in Virginia.
This morning we arose at the home of Joseph and Alyson Shepperd, but we were alone. Now if you want to know kindness, they gave up their bed and slept on cushions on the living room floor for us. If that is not sacrifice for your brother I do not know what is. That is true religion!
When we awoke, they had already left for work. We were tired enough that we slept in until about 9:30. We arose and got ready for the day and finally headed out a little after 10:00.
We made our way to Liberty, Missouri which was near. We paid a visit to the Liberty Jail and went through the visitors center there. It was a good tour and then we watched the new Joseph Smith movie. It was very, very good. I was really moved by it. What it especially powerful is parts of the film that are depicted, we were actually on site. It was moving to realize you were
only feet away from where the actual events occurred.
After Liberty we headed off to the temple site at Independence, Missouri. I have to admit, I like attending the spot, but I have never cared much for the visitor centers there. The Community of Christ visitor centers are hollow, and it seems like the LDS one’s cover only superficially, or skirt around what is really there. While I have great respect for the site, I just feel that nothing
is really worthy of the site that is currently present. Perhaps someday. I surely hope so.
We took Noland road out, hopped back on I-70 and headed south to Branson. We stopped, ate, picked up some fuel, shopped for souvenirs and headed the rest of the way. For some reason or another I felt really tense and really wanted to get to our destination, especially where it was so close.
Passing near Collins, Missouri I started watching out for the road to get to my cousin’s home. I knew it was in Humansville (actually Arnica) and should visit. Well, I took M, when I should have taken N, and ended up 20 miles off the mark. For nearly 3 hours we searched before we finally found my families home. When I did find a signal to call, I phoned Bryan, Amanda’s Dad, to ask for direction. He told us we were supposed to be going off of N rather than M, so we backtracked and headed off that direction. But before he could have mentioned AA to me, if he would have, we lost our signal. So we wandered for a long time before we figured out we also needed AA. When I finally found what was familiar, then we got lost in the maze of roads on their property! Ugh. By the time we were there, the sun was getting closer to setting so now I was antsy to get going so we could get out of the country before having to wander all night. Nonetheless, Tammy was taking her family to Stockton for fireworks so we were able to follow her out.
We ended up showing at Branson a several hours late. Jason and Mara Hughes still had the chili on for us and we enjoyed a meal with them. We ate and visited until about midnight thirty. We then headed off to Andy and Becky Hughes house to stay the night. We stayed up and visited with them until 2:00 AM about everything from birth control the Liken the Scripture movies and people we know in them. Funny where people you know end up.
Anyhow, it is time to crash for the day. Tomorrow (now today) is our day of rest.