While my mom was visiting, we made a visit to the open house for the new LDS temple in Phoenix. (After a temple is built, they have an open house that allows the public of any and all faiths to enter) We went without kids and it was wonderfully enjoyable. Steve works right by the temple, so he took several co-workers on a separate visit. While our friends were visiting Halloween weekend, we attended yet again on the last day of the open house, this time we brought the kids.
We take for granted that our kids have been able to attend multiple temple open houses, which is their only chance to enter a temple until they turn 12 years old. Our friend’s kids had never been in a temple, so this was a special experience. There is such a sweet and tender spirit within those walls and even children can recognize that. Even our loud and rambunctious three year old was able to remain reverent for the tour and even started singing one of his primary songs, “I Love to See the Temple.” I’m grateful for experiences such as these.
Because I had already been on the tour with my mom, I opted to stay outside with the two babies to make everyone else’s experience a little more enjoyable! They’re just four weeks apart and I just know they’re going to be good buddies!
Hallie and Hunter both agreed that the chandeliers were the most beautiful part – although their friends piped in that the baptistry was the most beautiful and my kids agreed. Hallie corrected herself, “I can’t just pick one thing because it’s all so beautiful.” She’s right, it’s all a work of art.
We found a quiet spot near the back of the temple and enjoyed the atmosphere. So intricate. So perfect. So peaceful.
And we were reminded for the 100th time why we love these guys – never a dull moment.