Wednesday, September 2, 2009

1st Area: Lexington Kentucky

Elder Todd left Salt Lake City on Monday August 31st at 7:30AM and arrived safely at about 3 pm in Louisville Kentucky. All the missionaries were given the challenge to give a Book of Mormon to someone at the airport before going to the mission home, which they did. They enjoyed an evening of paperwork, interviews with President Glende, dinner, and a testimony meeting before retiring to bed early (9:30 pm).

Yesterday afternoon, after training at the mission home, They went to the chapel next to the mission office where Elder Todd met his first companion in the Mission Field, Elder Rhoton. They will be working in Lexington, Kentucky. After lunch and photos all the new missionaries left for their proselyting area to begin their adventure.

For your information, Monday is preparation day when the missionaries check their e-mail and write home.

Thanks for your love, encouragement and support of Elder Todd!

Sister and President Glende with Elder Todd and Elder Rhoton

The group of arriving missionaries (left to right, 1st row: Elder Smith, Elder Maxfield, Elder Leano, Elder Eyres, President & Sister Glende, Sister Escamilla; 2nd row: Elder Bischoff, Elder Jarvis, Elder Miller, Elder Naylor, Elder Platt, Elder Tuescher, Elder Pratt; 3rd row: Elder Walton, Elder Cope, Elder Todd, Elder Fielding, Elder Cockburn).

Lexington is known as "The Horse Capital Of The World"

Mary Ann Todd wife to Abraham Lincoln

Elder Todd is related to Mary Ann Todd.

The house in Lexington where she lived with her family from 1832 until 1839 is now the Mary Todd Lincoln House museum.

Mary Ann Todd was born in 1818 in Lexington, Kentucky to Robert Smith Todd and Eliza Parker. Her father, Robert Todd, was a successful businessman and Whig politician; her grandfather, Levi Todd, was one of Lexington’s founders. Her mother died when she was six. In 1832, her father and his new wife moved the family to this brick house on West Main Street. Mary lived here until she was 21. In 1839 she moved to Springfield, Illinois to live with her sister Elizabeth where she met Abraham Lincoln. They were married in 1842. She and Abraham Lincoln visited the house several times. Today, family pieces and period antiques as well as personal possessions of Mary Todd are on display. The late Georgian style brick house was built in 1803 to 1806, and includes a period herb and perennial garden in the back yard.

Brief History about Lexington Kentucky

When European settlers arrived on the scene, the Bluegrass region was in use as a hunting ground for numerous Native American tribes. Daniel Boone was one of the first Anglo-Saxons to explore the area. He helped establish Kentucky's first forts in Harrodsburg and Boonesborough.

Lexington was founded in 1775, seventeen years before Kentucky became a state. William McConnell and a group of frontier explorers were camped at a natural spring when word came from nearby Fort Boonesboro that the first battle of the American Revolution had been fought in Lexington, Massachusetts. In honor of the battle, the group named their site “Lexington”. By 1820, Lexington, Kentucky, was one of the largest and wealthiest towns west of the Allegheny Mountains. So cultured was its lifestyle, our city soon gained the nickname "Athens of the West."


Fayette County consists of 283 square miles of gently rolling plateau in the center of the inner Bluegrass Region. The area is noted for its beauty, fertile soil, excellent pastureland and horse and stock farms. Poa Pratensis (bluegrass) thrives on the limestone beneath the soil's surface, playing a major role in the area's scenic beauty and in the development of champion horses. Numerous small creeks rise and flow into the Kentucky River.


The latest U.S. Census estimate for Lexington-Fayette County is 270,789 (2006). The estimated population of the metropolitan statistical area (MSA), which is comprised of Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Jessamine, Madison, Scott, and Woodford counties, is 424,778.

Places of Worship

There are over 230 churches and synagogues in Lexington, representing 38 denominations as well as mosques and a Hindu temple.

No comments: