After retirement, my father turned to family history and temple work to fill his time. Most of this work has focused on researching ancestors from Virginia and North Carolina. I took this photo at a cemetery in Carrol County, VA, near the the birthplace of my father’s grandparents. My father is shown in the picture. While in the cemetery he was able to locate headstones of people for whom he had completed temple work. It was the first and only time that my father has visited this place that has taken so much of his attention.
As a side note, I have to feel for my ancestors who left lush, green, beautiful Virginia for the desert of Vernal, Utah! Sorry Vernal.
By L-d Sus
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Cemeteries are so aesthetically and culturally potent. And I absolutely agree that Mormonism gives us a whole new framework with which to view them. Beautiful image. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for sharing the image and the story. It resonates. While it is a fact that the only place that I want to live is Alaska, if I had to go and was given but two choices, Vernal and anywhere in Virginia, I would choose Vernal in an instant.