Recently, we went through the Ogden Temple. Usually, before a temple is dedicated, the Church allows visitors to tour through the temple in an Open House format. They totally reconstructed it, and it is stunning!
We had been telling the girls that they would be going, but until I stopped them and said, “we’ll be going through the parts that you won’t be able to see until you are much older, and you can see the areas that you can choose to get married in someday” that they started to pay attention.
If you are in the area, I highly recommend taking your family and going. It is so beautiful, and even without it being dedicated there is an amazing spirit there. You can get reservations here and it will continue until Saturday, September 6th, 2014. You don’t have to be a member of the LDS faith to attend, and is truly worth your time.
On another note, I wanted to share this really wonderful conversion story. Not only did it have a beautiful and touching message, but I was struck by the visual artistry.
We watched it for Family Home Evening tonight, my daughters loved the, “they prayed over the hot dogs” line. Enjoy!
Isaiah 2:2-3 – I went on my mission to Bulgaria and I was so touched by this video. I wept, and wept, and my two-year-old kept saying “it’s okay Mommy, don’t cry!” I couldn’t help it. Seeing the youth gathered like that, excited about both their cultural and Spiritual heritage. Listening to the languages, hearing their testimonies, and seeing my Bulgarians both talking and dancing was so special.
There were four comments that really touched me;
- A sister, Ol’ya, from Belarus said, “We would like to show that Belarus exists, that this country, though isolated, still has members” (2 Nephi 26: 25, 33).
- A brother, Mahksad, from Kazakhstan said, “I want him [the prophet that would come to the cultural celebration] to see that there are youth, that there is a rising generation in the Church that can be relied on, that the Church can continue to build on the new generations, because we’re pioneers in our countries” (1 Nephi 13:37, 1 Nephi 14: 1,8, 14).
- A sister, Liza, from the Ukraine said, “This is a clear gathering of Israel” (1 Nephi 10:14).
- During part of the dedication, President Monson said, “It’s your temple now, and in a few minutes we’re going to give it to the Lord. Then you will come to His temple, and His Spirit will come to you” (Doc & Cov 97:15-16).
What an amazing time to be living in!