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Temple and Art

April 11, 2016

We went through the Provo City Center Temple open house way back in February.  It was one of those crazy weeks for DH.  I don’t even remember what happened, but he ended up having to work and not being able to come with us.

(As an aside, he got to talk to some Secret Service agents last month and one of them had worked a total of 375 hours in February.  That’s over 90 hours per week.  He hadn’t had a day off in forever.  So maybe I’ll quit complaining about how much DH has been working lately!  He had two 80-hour weeks in a row, but nothing close to 90-hour weeks continually.)

So we slept over at Grandma and Poppa’s house after my cello lessons one Thursday so we wouldn’t have to drive all the way home and then back to Provo the next day.  We had to make a morning run to Walmart because D forgot his Sunday pants (and tie) and only had a pair of jeans with holes in the knees.  We thought maybe going in the morning on a school day, it wouldn’t be so busy.  Wrong.  It was crazy.  And cold.  We stood in line down in the parking garage for a Very Long Time.  It was mostly peaceful though.  I think everybody felt the sacredness of the building we were about to enter into and it radiated back to the waiting line.  I just wish DH had been there.  Little A did not want to be put down, so A, C, and I traded off holding her until our arms were about ready to fall off.

At last it was our turn to sit down and watch a short video about temples and then we had to wait some more.  At least we were sitting now and it was heated.  Finally we were able to walk through the temple.  It was amazing to see what the old tabernacle had become after fire 5 years ago destroyed all but the outermost walls.  It is always wonderful to be able to walk through temples as a family (six of us anyway), for we know that it is only through temple ordinances that we can be together as a family for eternity.  It is one of our greatest blessings.

E and Little A were getting pretty wiggly, but there were enough items of interest to point out to keep them engaged.  As soon as we were outside though, E had had it.  He didn’t want his picture taken.  He didn’t want to stand still at all.  I would have liked to walk around a little bit more and see the outside, but he was done.  So we got a few pictures and then had to be on to our next destination.  Because if we’re going to be in Provo, we should do All The Things.

Bad idea.

Lunch took forever, and then we were late for our appointment at the BYU Museum of Art to see the Norman Rockwell exhibit.  If it hadn’t been the very last weekend to see it, I would have just gone home and come back another time.  Without DH to help me with the two youngest, I was exhausted with two big activities and crowds of people.  Everything took a lot longer than I thought it would.

Still, I’m glad we went.  
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Here are the few pictures I took at the temple.  This makes 150 operating temples around the world!

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