Thursday, October 18, 2012

Boise Idaho Temple Open House

Last night I had the opportunity to complete my 2nd shift of being a Tour Guide at the Boise Idaho Temple Open House.  What a magnificent, beautiful temple.  The craftsmanship and detail is breathtaking.  The pictures depicting the life of Christ and His teachings are beyond words.  (A few of which I would like to bring home!)

While being a Tour Guide I have had the opportunity to lead speaking and silent tours.  During which, the Spirit of the Lord was felt in the all who attended...members of our faith or not.  It is a truely amazing experience to be involved in such a wonderful event. 

One of my favorite parts is after seeing all of the the other rooms and hallways on the tour, and learning of their purpose and significance, and enjoying their beauty and splendor, entering into the Celestial Room where 2-3 minutes are spent in silence.  COMPLETE SILENCE.  I always hurry around to the doors where we will exit and quickly turn around to be able to witness people's faces as they see they beauty of the room and to see their expressions as they contemplate their own personal journey of faith.  I promise you that there has not been ONE time in that room that my eyes have not teared up.  It is beautiful to see people react to that room.

My husband had the opportunity to be the usher in the Celestial Room last night and spent 3 hours there.  He commented how special that experience was as he will probably never again have the chance to spend 3 entire hours in the Celestial Room.  He shared some of his special experiences with me that were so beautiful, but one I would like to share with you.  There were several little girls who came through with their family and after spending their time in the Celestial Room were exiting throught the door where he was standing.  One little girl about the age of 10 or 11 was looking out the door being able to see a long stretch of chandeliers and lights and said with a bright beaming smile, "This makes me feel like a princess."  To a man who has 4 daughters, this truely touched his heart.

I have had in my life many experiences that have changed my life and changed me spiritually a few are very SPECIFIC experiences and opportunities.  One was my service in the Primary in the Caldwell 8th Ward, this was an experience that spanned over a few years.  The second has been my service in the Mountain View Ward Primary and is still ongoing, the third, the opportunity I had to speak in our Stake Conference 6 months ago, and the fourth...being in the Boise Idaho Temple Open House.  The Spirit is there, it is strong.  People's minds and hearts WILL be changed about our faith and what we believe and even perhaps their own.  People will desire to know more and will crave to keep the feeling that they felt in the temple.

As a tour guide I have the opportunity to share a brief testimony of the temple with the visitors, usually in the Instruction Room prior to entering the Celestial Room.

"I am so thankful for this beautiful temple.  The temple is a place of great importance to me.  It is a place where I can come to meditate and contemplate.  It is a place of peace where I can come to escape the noise of the world.  Even though there is a freeway just outside these walls, all you hear is silence and peace.  The children sing a song about the temple.  They sing, "for the temple is a holy place, a place of love and beauty."  I hope that you have felt the love that resides inside these temple walls as I have.  I hope that you have felt the love of our Heavenly Father and our Savior.  And I hope that you have felt of the peace the temple provides."

Take your families, old and young.  Take your friends, members of our church and those of other faiths.  Go by yourself.  JUST GO.  You will be sad if you miss this opportunity, there is a place in your heart that is waiting to be filled with the Spirit that the temple has to offer.

I love my faith, I love my family, I love the temple.  I love ETERNAL families and the promise of ETERNAL life.  Most of all I love my Savior and Redeemer.  He makes all of these precious gifts possible.

Entryway to the Temple

The chandelier and stained glass window in the Celestial Room that I spoke of.

{Believe me, these views are a million times more spectacular in person!}


  1. We (the girls and I) are so excited to finally see it! Thanks for sharing your experience!