Thursday, October 18, 2012

Boise Idaho Temple Open House...

Last night we went to the open house for the Boise Idaho Temple.
We were with a friend Jim works with and his wife. 
They had moved to Idaho from Salinas California just after the Boise Temple first opened in 1984 and they had wished they would have been able to go see it then, but just missed the open house.

28 years later that wish would come to pass.
It was beautiful!  Beyond words for me.
I especially LOVED the subtle colors with a green and blue earth tone base.  Every detail so perfect.  The wood and glass work was breath taking and I felt like a little kid having to hold my hand back from touching everything.
It was especially neat for us to be with friends who had not been inside a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint Temple.  Seeing the newly renovated temple for ourselves, and sharing it with friends.

You can learn more about our Temples HERE.

Some of my favorite observations they shared with us were how the paintings of Jesus Christ seemed to have a bright white glow coming from them.  And the Idaho State flower, syringa, was incorporated into stained glass, wood carvings, fabric and in so many details of the design.  And the observance of the baptismal font being built at ground level and the progression of the rest of the temple to be on a rise from that, noticing how symbolic that was to the ordinance of baptism.  And the lighting getting brighter as we reached the celestial room, and what a very special room it was.  They were really looking through spiritual eyes and their hearts were so opened to how they felt in the Temple.  It was such a wonderful experience to see this beautiful House of the Lord.

We had made plans to go to dinner, so we breezed through the cultural hall afterwards, but it was so beautifully decorated and comfortable, that you could sit and reflect on the tour and talk to the missionaries there about any questions that came to you in the Temple.  It didn't resemble a basket ball court at all!

We did slow down to look at the map with the gold pins to show where all the temples are around the world now, taking a special photo for Elder Dayley noting the temple in Paraguay!

Then having to apologize all over ourselves for touching pretty much all the pins on said map and THEN reading the FRAMED sign asking us NOT TO TOUCH THE MAP!!! 


Della said...

How exciting! I can hardly wait to see the Temple. Thank you so much for such a beautiful word picture.

Sorenson family trio said...

Reading your post makes me even more excited to take my kids to the open house. We are going the first part of November. Can't wait!!!

McDowell Family said...

The first thing we did when we saw the map was show the kids where Elder Dayley's mission was!

Travis and Jana said...

So jealous! Wish we could be there!

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