Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A beacon upon the top of a mountain

Yesterday Dallin and I had the amazing oppurtunity to attend the Rexburg, Idaho temple for a session on the very first day that it opened. It was great to be inside those temple walls with my eternal companion by my side! The temple truly is a "beacon upon the top of a mountain" (Isa 30:17) here in Rexburg and can be seen from anywhere in town. Sometimes Dallin and I like to go for drives at night just to see the beautiful structure. Not only is it beautiful on the outside, but the minute you walk through the doors there is a camling peace that surrounds you. In a talk I gave in church a couple weeks ago I mentioned that there are very few places here on earth that you can call home and truly feel at peace and close to our savior in a stormy world and one of those places is the temple.

Here is a great video of the temple where you can see how beautiful it truly is inside and out:

Here are some other pictures of the temple where you can see that it sits high above everything else:

I found a few facts about the Rexburg temple on the website:
Adjacent to the Brigham Young University–Idaho campus, the five-story Rexburg Idaho Temple soars high above its hillside location—creating a striking landmark visible for miles along the Highway 20 corridor. It is the finest, most notable building in this rural community. West of the temple lies a beautiful garden area open to the public for quiet strolls or moments of reflection.

The Rexburg Idaho Temple was the third temple built in Idaho, following the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple (1945) and the Boise Idaho Temple (1984).The announcement of the Rexburg Idaho Temple came three and a half years after the announcement that two-year Ricks College would become four-year Brigham Young University–Idaho. The other two Brigham Young University campuses in Provo, Utah and Laie, Hawaii also have adjacent temples.

While most temple groundbreakings are limited to invited guests, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Rexburg Idaho Temple was open to any and all who desired to attend. Over 8,000 people crowded on the field where the temple now stands, making it the largest group ever assembled for a temple groundbreaking.

The Rexburg Idaho Temple features beautiful ordinance room murals by Rexburg artist Leon Parson reflecting the wildlife and landscapes of the Upper Snake River Valley.
A wheat motif, created by Utah artist Tom Holdman, is used throughout the Rexburg Idaho Temple including most of the 700 art glass windowpanes. The wheat stock symbolizes the widespread agricultural industry in the area.

The finest materials were used for this House of the Lord including wood imported from Africa and stone and tile from Israel.The exterior walls of the Rexburg Idaho Temple are made of 637 pre-cast panels from 45 different molds, including the retaining wall. The material is called China White—a white quartz finish (mined in Washington state) on concrete panels. A water-proofing compound allows dust to wash off in the rain, keeping the temple a radiant white.

Interest in the open house of the Rexburg Idaho Temple was so high that additional early-morning and evening tours were added to each day.

The Rexburg Idaho Temple dedication was delayed one week due to the passing of President Gordon B. Hinckley on Sunday evening, January 27, 2008.

One week after his installment as the 16th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Thomas S. Monson dedicated the Rexburg Idaho Temple as his first official act. The dedication began late, as dense fog forced President Monson's pilot to land in Pocatello, Idaho. The remaining 80-mile journey to Rexburg was resumed by car.