Wednesday, October 28, 2009


       On Tuesday morning we loaded the coach and headed off to Wales.  It took about four hours to get there, but I sleepy most of the way so I didn’t mind the drive.  Our first stop was at the Living History Museum.  It was kind of like Wheeler Farm and a little childish, but I decided to let the child in me come out.  Courtney, Megan, Emmy, and I looked at the scheduled event and decided to hot up the Halloween Art station.  We sat and made shadow cutouts, colored, and told stories.  I made a black cat for Sicong and she loved it.  After our art stop we explored the rest of the grounds including the carnival area and the castle.  We then loaded the coach and drove for about a half hour to our hotel.  We were so excited to be in a hotel instead of a hostel and with only two to a room, but it turned out it wasn’t much nice then a hostel.  The remainder of the day was free for us to do whatever.  Courtney, Kacey, Annie, Lauren, Laura, and I went and attempted to find this Methodist church for our religion assignment, but discovered not only was the area it was in ghetto, but the church didn’t.  Once we discovered this we turned around and headed to the main part of town where we walked around and then had a delicious dinner at Pizza Hut.  After eating we went back to the hotel and all of us watched Titanic in Courtney and Lauren’s room.  I discovered that Laura is an expert on the Titanic and had fun asking her very obvious questions with her answering it before realizing I was joking.  It was a fun night and I was happy to just take it easy.  

The Art Station

Living History Museum
            Wednesday started with breakfast at the hotel and then loading the coach for a drive through the Wales countryside ending in western England.  Once back into England we picked up Peter Fagg, our church history guide.  We then drove to Benbow Farm, which is a place where the United Brothers lived and many people were baptized.  From there we headed to a small church called Perish Church ßthat was just below the farm.  After the church we stopped in Ledbury for lunch and to see another church.  We then drove to Herefordshire and hiked to the top of a Beacon.  This was a place Wilford Woodreuff often came and also the hill where Brigham Young received revelation to head North to Manchester to publish the Book of Mormon.  The views from here were stunning and the weather couldn’t have been better.  Our bus driver, Tony, backed into a car in the parking lot, but luckily it wasn’t too bad.  Our final stop was at one of the first LDS chapels in England, Gadfield Chapel.  There is a number lock on the door and to get the numbers for the code you must be able to answer 6 common knowledge questions.  It was rather small, but cool to see.  After the chapel we loaded the coach and endured a 4-hour drive home.  Wales was fun, but it feels really good to be back in London.  

R.I.P. B.D.

Benbow Farm

Perish Church

Inside the church in Ledbury

Top of the World

Making the climb

On top of the Beacon

View on top of the Beacon

Gadfield Chapel

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