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Preston Temple photo taken 21 Nov. 2010

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Our Mission Scriptures

Our Mission Scriptures:

"Oh, that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart . . . Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth." Alma 29:1-2 (Book of Mormon)

" . . . be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58 (Bible)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Family Visit and Rainy Day Wales

If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth; . . . He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap . . . Truly is light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun.  Ecclesiastes 11:3, 4, 6, 7
The red dragon represents Wales (on their flag/crest)
Mike and Patti came in on Sunday night and we headed for Wales the next day even though it was pouring rain and difficult to see much of the beautiful English and Wales landscape.  The hedge rows this time of year block much of the view unless you are lucky enough to be in a tour bus, which we weren't.  Still, just because it was raining, we didn't let ourselves be disappointed or project we'd have a lousy, wet day because of it.

Our past mission president always said he'd never let the weather dictate what kind of day he was going to have.  
My souvenir.  I really love the red dragon.  He's either really cute like here, or very majestic like on the their flag.

We think that is a great attitude!  If everyone in England decided to wait for no rain to mow grass or get other things done, nothing much would get happen.  If we stayed home and waited for the rain to stop, we wouldn't see anything.

It turned out there were a few short breaks in the rain where we could take some pictures.  The sun actually popped out for a few minutes a couple of times.  All in all, we just stayed bundled against the weather and enjoyed the history of these marvelous structures.  Though Elder Blain and I had been there before, it was fun to explore some places we didn't get to see in Caernarfon and figure out some passages we couldn't get through before.  We love the feel of antiquity.  It surrounds you in these places and there's a feeling of connection, almost like the people of long ago are there as we walk in the footsteps of those who have traipsed these special lands, worked on them, lived on them, and died on them.  This whole land lends itself to that special feeling.

Our adventure in Wales took us to (in Welsh spelling)  Castell Rhuddlan and Castell Conwy first.  Since I've already posted a lot of pictures of these castles, I decided to focus on the ones with things I didn't photograph last time, or had never photographed (except for the few from Caernarfon I couldn't resist.
A tower in Caernarfon with our favorite Welsh flag.
A cute little cottage guard house or something outside the castle walls.
One of hundreds of entryways into chambers, tunnels, and towers
One of the hundreds of scary stairs to go to the towers and rooms on other levels.  Notice the robe to hold on to?
Love the door and these cannon
Another cool door
Castell Criccieth
\Old, old pavement (sidewalks in the U.S.)

Castle Criccieth different view
You can see me taking this picture in the glass reflection
Lots of bed and breakfasts to welcome tourists

Old houses near the castle
Another old house by the castle
An old church turned house.  There's a motorcycle parked inside the house!
Castell Harlech
Closer view of Castell Harlech on the western shores of Northern Wales.
Castell Dolwyddelan
The next day in Accrington, England, the men were looking for food in the market
Patti in the pony tail and the men sticking together
The displays are so pretty.  There's always a great variety of good things to eat in the English outdoor markets.


  1. Michael took me to a market like this in Adelaide, Australia - so very interesting. The various stalls are manned by people looking to get your business before you move on to spend your money at another stall. This doesn't seem to be the case in the one you visited in Wales.
    On another note, I never wanted to have ancestors in Wales because of the difficult spellings, well lo and behold some of my people did move to Wales which I have learned in the last few months. So now I am doing a little bit of genealogy research in Wales!

  2. Very cool! So jealous of all the family going to visit you guys! I'm sure you showed them an awesome time. And, as always, great pictures!