|Sunday Doodle at the Gilbert Temple Dedication|
The following day, Sunday March 2nd, was the official dedication of the Gilbert Temple. The tickets to attend at the temple (that we did not expect to receive a week earlier!) was for the 3pm session. We only had 2 tickets to attend there, so we sent Mikelle and Christian to our Stake Center that morning to watch the broadcast with our friends from the ward, Jared and JoElayne Jones.
I sort of grew up with Jared in Gilbert. I say "sort of" because he was four years older than me (I guess he still is...lol), but his family lived just around the corner from us. He and his wife graciously picked up Mikelle and Christian that morning and took them to the broadcast, along with their youngest son, Hayden. Mikelle wasn't too pleased at dragging herself out of bed in time to be out the door just after 8am; especially after the Cultural Celebration the night before. However, we assured her it was one of those rare once in a lifetime weekends where you dance wet in front of our prophet and then have to arise early the next morning to participate with him again to dedicate this beautiful temple.
Later, after Mikelle and Christian returned home, Chris wanted to leave early to stand in line for our 3pm session. I think it's funny that Chris, the most chronically late human on the planet, wanted to go early. I was okay with it, but when he wanted to go early, he really wanted to go early! He and I were in line by 12:30pm! Mikelle wasn't pleased about the babysitting she was doing at home, but we reminded her again that it was one of those rare occasions that do not come around very often. Who knows if Chris and I will ever have the opportunity to attend a temple dedication inside a temple ever again?
|Almost perfect quirky picture if not for the weirdo face in between us....|
By the time I returned to where we were originally in line, the amount of people wrapped to the back of the parking lot and looped around!
Around 2pm when we were brought inside, I brought the drawing with me to complete.
I was disappointed that even though we had tickets to this wonderful event, we didn't have tickets to attend in the Celestial Room. That, of course, is where the actual Dedication was taking place. My friend Shantell and Jay were able to go in the Celestial Room, however! Lucky!
Well, Shantell's parents were speaking at the dedication, so that probably had something to do with it. ;-)
However, Chris and I were in line so early, that we were in the ordinance room right next to the Celestial Room. Right before the dedication began, we saw President Monson pass by our room. After the Dedication, he stopped in the doorway of our room and waved to us.
As we arrived back outside, following the dedication, the clouds had returned and the temperature had dropped. It was perfect.
Being able to sit in the temple and attend this dedication was a once in a lifetime experience, as I already pointed out. I would imagine the Phoenix temple dedication is sometime this Fall. We'll be living in that temple district by then, but I'm pretty sure we'll be attending that dedication from the satellite locations at the Stake Centers. It's also a smaller temple, so the dedication wouldn't be able to accommodate as many people anyway.
|Our view leaving that day - beautiful clouds. Temperatures dropped to 65...Perfection!|
The Phoenix Temple will be closer to Wickenburg than the Mesa Temple, but it's still going to be further away from us than the Gilbert Temple is from us now. We have a special blessing to have the Gilbert Temple near us for the time being!
|Gilbert Temple Celestial Room|
I need to sit in that Celestial Room. I realize I spoke about my "Temple Issues" in a recent entry, but I'm willing to give an Endowment Session a go in the next couple of weeks at the Gilbert Temple. I need to be in that Celestial Room. I know I said that already, but it bears repeating.
Until next time...
|Phoenix Temple - Dedicated Fall? 2014|