July 30, 2008

Day 3 East Coast Mt. Vernon

East Coast Trip: Day 3

One of our most favorite sites: Mount Vernon ~ home of George Washington. We love it here. What a great man Washington was. He was handsome, educated, charismatic, the people loved him, they honored him, even almost worshiped him, and yet he remained humble never seeking fame or power ~ always remaining faithful & loyal to his people and country. He was spiritual and religious often seeking strength, guidance, and assistance from God. We love all the amazing stories about Washington and his many miraculous escapes from the enemy and/or deliverance's from defeat! Heavenly Father was watching over him indeed.

"And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld that the Gentiles who had gone forth out of captivity did humble themselves before the Lord; and the power of the Lord was with them... And I beheld that the power of God was with them, and also that the wrath of God was upon all those that were gathered together against them to battle. And I, Nephi, beheld that the Gentiles that had gone forth out of captivity were delivered by the power of God out of the hands of all other nations." (1 Nephi 13:16-19)

We decided George Washington was an Indiana Jones ~ able to escape impossible situations while bullets whizzed by with barely a scratch. : )

In his funeral oration for George Washington, Henry Lee said that of all Americans, he was "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen."

Mt. Vernon is beautiful and peaceful. In it's own way it was a spiritual experience. How thankful we are to good, honest, humble men ~ like George Washington ~ who only wanted what was best for their country and who sought the will of the Lord.

End of Day 3

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