This temple was a totally different kind ! First of all seeing Angel Moroni from the sides of all the reflective skyscrapers is magnificent. We walked in, and, as always, met the sweetest little temple lady ever! It was so gorgeous inside and has such great curb appeal. As I walked in and saw the font, the spirit just washed over me. Definately a new favorite !
To visit every temple in the United States. There are 66 existing operating temples, and 10 being built. The red pegs on the map symbolize the temples being built, with black, blue and navy representing the existing temples. The red flags in the last pictures are the temples I have visited, and the blue yarn is the route/order I have taken.
That afternoon, my mother and I decided upon this mission. We ventured to the Columbia Temple and were running a little late. (In the pictures are my niece and nephew) We walked in and were greeted by a woman dressed in all white. "We were waiting for you! I'm so glad that you made it." She cheerily said. We changed quickly just in time for the last young man to exit the water. My mother was baptized first, and as she exited the water, I could see a smile plastered across her face. Dripping with water, she watched as I entered the font. As I was finishing the temple worker said to me, "Do you know anybody from France?" A little stunned by the question, I said no. "These people will know you by name when you cross over the veil. They will bow at your feet because you have saved them. Just as you know the name of the man who baptized you, they will come to you and know you by name." This old man's words made me smile even as I write now.
My first time at the temple. It was so beautiful and breath taking. The sun shone all around the pillars and the sky was a vibrant blue.When we entered the font, we had to wait a while because the ward before us was running late. I sat on an upholstered bench and watched the baptisms. Then a member of the temple presidency came out to address us. He stood right in front of me and my mother and said, "Hello." in a cheery and kind tone. He began to address the room, but for some reason, he was talking straight to me. I could feel his kind heart and see myself glowing in his eyes. He spoke of realizing our potential as queens and kings of the world. Realizing how truly special we all are, and the divine purpose we posess.After the talk and the baptisms, I was confirmed. My favorite part includes the line, "...recieve the holy ghost...".Everytime I hear those words, I instantly feel the person's gladness and rejoicing spirit.