Our last day in Nauvoo was spent visiting Carthage where Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were martyred. We got to spend the entire day with my mom since it was her day off. Visiting Carthage was a really neat experience. I went there about ten years ago when I was 14 years old and I remember feeling so overwhelmed with gratitude and renewed faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ and all that Joseph Smith has done for the world. The feelings were the same ten years later on my return. Anyone who is willing to give his life for his faith can and should be universally admired.
It was wonderful to be able to spend an entire day with my mom. She showed us around her favorite places in Nauvoo and told us so many stories she had learned about some of the early saints of the church while on her mission. I so admire her for putting her life on hold to serve the Lord. I know it was hard for her to leave her children and grandchildren but she felt called to do the work and was happy to serve.
Later that evening we got to watch her in another musical performance. I got plenty of videos and will probably be sharing them because they are just too cute not to. After the performance we all had to say goodbye because we had to get back to the hotel for a solid six hours of sleep before leaving for Utah early the next morning. We were all sad to leave her. Thankfully she doesn't have much longer before she will be on her way home! I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to visit her and watch her serve her mission so diligently. Now is back to the waiting game but two months will feel like nothing compared to the sixteen I had to wait before.