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Scranton Here We Come

Scranton Here We Come

Scranton here we come!  After lunch we loaded the car and started the drive to Scranton, Pennsylvania, for my speaking engagement tomorrow.

Our day started with Stake Conference.  President Clawson was released and President Woodworth called as a counselor.  (Bill Woodworth had been serving as a bishop.   His call came as no surprise to me.)

Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer was presiding over our conference and he gave a wonderful talk about the Book of Mormon.  He shared some amazing insights.  He pointed out things that Joseph Smith would have not known.

It’s sad that there are so many people who will not read the Book of Mormon because they erroneously believe it is a false book written by Joseph Smith in an effort to deceive people.  Nothing could be further than the truth.  Every time I read it I discover things I hadn’t noticed before.  For example, it contains chiasmus that we didn’t know about until people analyzed the Book of Mormon with computers.  An example Elder Schwitzer pointed out was that Nephi (son of Lehi) was depressed.  As an M.D. he cited evidences that Nephi suffered from depression and Joseph Smith wasn’t educated enough when he translated the book that he could have made up a character with these symptoms.

After conference we drove to the Harmony, Pennsylvania, site.  They have no re-routed the road, Joseph & Emma’s home is about done, as is the Hale home.  The stake center is coming along and there are two new monuments just outside the stake center, and it is looking good.

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Harmony, PA, Chapel

Like the Fayette, NY, building, this building will host a visitors’ center where visitors can start the tour of the site.  This has been a long time coming.  Once completed (estimating late summer) it will be a welcome place for tourist to visit and learn about the restoration of the priesthood, translation of the Book of Mormon, and the ordinance of baptism as restored by John the Baptist.

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Priesthood Restoration Monument

We arrived in Scranton around 6pm where we were met by a wonderful group of professional photographers.  They treated us to dinner and then we retired for the evening.

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Dinner with the Folks at NPPPA

Joyful House

Joyful House

A joyful house is one filled with the laughter of children.  Our guests this weekend brought a lot of laughter and joy to the Beckwith Mansion.

A friend from Pittsburg, California, contacted us about room availability.  Before long, we had booked her nephew’s family for their family tour through the region.

We get a lot of older couples (without children in tow) staying here, but there is something about a house full of children’s giggles and smiles.  It was also fun to walk out in the front yard and seeing children tossing a Frisbee around while mom was taking pictures and dad loading the ice chest for the day’s venture.

Before long, they were off for the day.  Later when they returned, those old enough went to the temple while grandma stayed behind to watch the little ones.  One of them drew a picture and presented it to Elizabethe…

 

A Letter from a Child

A Letter from a Child

Later I heard the sounds of children in the basement family room having fun playing with the toys.  Their laughter and giggles is quite welcome here at the Beckwith Mansion.

That’s what it is all about… families.

I have a speaking engagement on Monday in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  I’ve got to throw a few things together for it.  It’s not like teaching here at the studio where things are close at hand.  If you don’t pack it, you won’t have it.  So, I’ve got to focus on getting ready.

The Beckwith Mansion is located in the Village of Palmyra, New York, and is classified as a tourist home.  Think of us like a Bed and Breakfast, except we don’t serve meals.  Lodging is affordable and you may use our kitchen to serve your meals.  We are also walking distance from several restaurants in the area.  To make reservations call us at (315) 359-5280.