dallas, texas 17th february
up until now in my entire life i had been to just 6 temples. as a 12 and 14 year old to the sydney australia temple, married in the perth australia temple, attended a wedding in brisbane australia, visited the hamilton new zealand, another wedding in melbourne australia and then our family trip to apia samoa. (there was also an occasion when on exchange in brazil as a teenager that i looked out the window of the bus and saw the forteleza brazil temple as we drove past but i suppose that doesn't really count...)
salt lake city, utah february 24th
while on holiday in america however, i had the blessing of visiting seven in the two weeks we were there. seven!!! that's more than i had in my entire life up until now! it was like something out of a dream as we visited each one... to know that there are places of peace and reflection for members of the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints no matter where you are in the world, that are in the world, yet not of the world.
provo, utah february 25th
my two eldest brothers served their missions in italy (jared in rome and aaron in milan) and so reported to the provo missionary training centre, in order to learn italian. for this reason, the two of them went through the provo, utah temple for the first time. i was so thrilled to be able to see it for myself all these years later. ♥
provo city centre, utah february 25th
my favourite, of course, was the salt lake city temple, followed closely by the provo city centre... what an amazing building! to know the story of how it was converted into a temple after the tabernacle made it so much more incredible to see and i was in awe as i walked around the grounds.
draper, utah february 27th
each general conference i get so excited when they announce the new temples and where they are to be built. the church is truly being taken to all four corners of the globe and it brings such joy to my heart to know that the blessings of the temple are becoming available to more and more people each year!
jordan river, utah march 2nd
i am still blown away at the beauty of these buildings and feel blessed beyond measure to have had the opportunity to see so many of them in person. i love this church. i love the faith of its members and their love for the temples. having a temple here in perth is one of the greatest blessings in my life and i am so grateful to be able to attend each month.
mount oquirrh, utah march 2nd
as long as you can see the temple, you will never be lost! ♥