Thursday, January 30, 2014

Visiting the Philadelphia Temple Site

You might all have noticed that half of my life seems to go on with my church youth group, which is kind of sad considering I’m 24. It’s also not completely true. It’s just that when coming to blogging I really don’t have that many interesting things going on. Like, I could tell you about my 7000th dinner that I’ve cooked, or the fact that I only fell over once in yoga today, but that’s not even that interesting to me. So now you get to hear all about the latest awesome thing I did with them.

Something very cool has been happening in Philadelphia. Way back in 2008 the LDS church announced that they were building a temple in Philadelphia. Now, in 2008 I didn’t care because I was about to move to Montana and live with the coolest girls ever. Philadelphia was not my problem. Then I moved to State College, Pennsylvania and now to Philadelphia itself so this news suddenly became really cool.

I’ve been keeping an eye on the site but it’s a whole different ball of wax to be invited in, which is what we all got to do. Sadly, we couldn’t see the construction very well since it was already dark when we got there. The Carrs, who are the on-site supervisors from the church, were incredibly kind and helpful. They gave a presentation to us talking about the construction and drawing spiritual parallels to the challenges they have faced building the temple and the challenges the youth are facing building their lives. Plus we got to see pictures of what the temple would look like when it was done. The design is beautiful and tries to combine the traditional look of a Mormon temple and the lovely revolution era architecture that it will be surrounded by. All of the kids learned something and it ended with donuts and hot chocolate. Can it get any better than that?

Also I got to see a moment of true charity. Poor Blake had just flown in from Texas, was sick as a dog, had done three interviews, and hadn’t slept in 36 hours. On top of that he drove a car down to the temple site with a passel of teens because I didn’t know how to get there. Tammy, you’ve got one heck of a guy!

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