Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Photogenic Building

Less than two blocks away from my home stands a beautiful building. I drive past it a dozen times a day and smile at its magnificence each time. I have been meaning to take some pictures of it for months and finally had such an opportunity last night while John was in class. The temple has been closed for two weeks for maintenance while the Easter Pageant commenced on its grounds. In honor of the reopening of the temple today, here are some shots of the first temple built in Arizona, which was announced back in 1919. Ground was broken two years later, and in 1927 the temple was finally completed and dedicated for work. It was closed in the mid-1970s for some renovations and rededicated in 1975. Inside these walls? Beautiful. It is one of the most amazing buildings I have had the privilege to visit, and certainly one of my favorite temples. I married my husband there almost eighteen months ago. Can you believe we have been married that long? And just over three years ago, I went through for myself just two days prior to watching my baby brother get married there. My sister, brother, and I were all sealed to our eternal companions in the same room over a two-year period. So I have some rather partial attachments to this building and love it greatly. I was rather happy it cooperated in having some pictures taken.


  1. Micah- my little brother Brian and I have been doing a project for a few months now of taking pics of the temples and antiquing them. Then I've been teaching RS groups to frame them using molding. I am overwelmed with joy when I think of how many homes now have a GORGEOUS photo of the temple hanging in them and to know that I was a part of that! For obvious reasons, we can't visit every temple. I LOVE these pics you took! I'd love it if you'd let us use one of them! The other pics we've used in the project can be found at www.standinholyplaces.com I'd love it if you'd let us use the one with the reflection pond. You are really good at photography! Anyway, let me know what you think! Hugs! Valerie

  2. I looked at the website, and it's beautiful! Of course you can have any picture you want! I am honored! My goal is to find a way using my photo editing software to antique it and have it printed on a huge canvas by Costco. I am all out of wall space in my present home, but I assure you this is a future goal that will be reached! Email with pictures is on its way to you! Thank you!

  3. Beautiful pictures, sis. I, too, have fond memories of that temple. You're a good girl.

  4. Wonderful post Micah.

    And I wondered if cars were lined down my street today because of the reopening, now I know. :)

  5. Thank you for the beautiful pictures. it made me all warm inside. xoxox


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