Tuesday was Day Two of our California Temple Trip with Jake and I starting the day with a 5:30 am session at the Las Vegas Temple. Afterwards we left immediately for the Redlands California Temple but missed the start of the session by 7 minutes. However, we were able to help with some initiatory work.
We left right after we took our photographs to take in a session at the San Diego Temple. This time with Jake driving we made the session. After some quick photographs we left for the Newport Beach Temple. Again we were on time (just).
Today I am posting only the Redlands temple pictures, the other temples we visited today will have their photographs posted later. Click on the images to enlarge.
The Redlands California Temple is the 116th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The site for the Redlands California Temple was dedicated in December 2001 and construction began soon after. Members helped in the construction by donating rocks for its building, some of these rocks were from the area where the original Mormon colonists of 1851 camped.
Young children also donated their pennies to buy the palm trees that are now planted around the temple. The temple sits on 4.6 acres and is 17,300 square feet. It houses two ordinance rooms and three sealing rooms.
From August 9th through September 6th 2003 an open house was held for the Redlands Temple. About 11,000 people volunteered to help with the open house and more than 140,000 people were able to tour the temple and learn more about the purpose of temples.
The temple was built on a lot that originally was home to an orange grove; during the open house visitors were served orange juice made from the trees that once stood there.
Church President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Redlands California Temple on September 14, 2003. Thousands of members attended the four dedication services. The Redlands Temple was the fifth temple built in California. It serves approximately 70,000 members in the area.
Photos by Rickety. Text from Wikipedia.
I wish we could grow one of those trees in our yard.
It would crowd out my raspberries. We are heading north to Fresno.
The Redlands temple was just across the border from my mission. We had the opportunity to take members and investigators to the temple and to work there during the open house. We also were able to attend the dedication with our ward members.
Being able to do missionary work in an area where a temple is being built is an awesome experience.
Some of these temples are a lot smaller than the Bountiful temple. But they make great use of the space they have. One disadvantage is that there may not be any sessions for several hours in the afternoon. That makes it hard to schedule when you are going temple to temple.
Today we were only able to do a session at Fresno. Los Angeles was closed, which we knew about, but we had to wait five hours for the 5 pm Fresno session, which meant we could not make it in time at Oakland.
No worries, we just added another day to the trip and will stay over in Reno. After we finish at the Reno temple we will head over to the casino where we will be staying. Quite the contrast, eh?
I really like the first picture of angel Moroni on this page. Shiny!
Must be all the gold.
please think about the foundation of your beliefs