Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Gila Valley Temple

Rick and I have never had to travel far to go to a temple. With Rick growing up in Utah and myself growing up in the Washington DC area, temples were never more than a few minutes away. When we moved to Arizona, we discovered our closest temple was around three hours away. I know, cry me a river, but for us, that was hard. Consider it was a three hour drive there, plus at least two hours for the session and it was next to impossible to ask anyone to watch the kids for that long. Crimany, I'm their mother and sometimes asking myself to do that is too much.

We were more than excited when a new temple was announced and it would be in The Gila Valley. Now, understand, this drive is still two hours away, but man is it a beautiful one with no traffic and hiring a babysitter is totally doable.

We took the kids today for the open house and they absolutely loved it. Rick and I had seen it before, as we were asked to be ushers during the open house, but it was still beautiful the third time around. Tatiana didn't even try to jump in the baptistery...yes, we really were scared she would do that, and Aren kept saying, "I just feel so good here, mom." We all did.

7 comments:

pocahontas said...

I'm so glad you got to go today and that the kids enjoyed it too! We are going on Monday even though Mike and the girls have been in Thatcher all day today.

Mom said...

Yah!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you.

nelsonturf said...

Yay! Love it!
Checked out your sister's blog...awesome too!
You've got a great family.
Oh, and Happy Mother's Day.

Higleys said...

Love the Temple. I should be ashamed our is only about an hour away.

*~Petra~* said...

I'm way ashamed. I have 8 temples within an hours drive and 4 within 20 minutes. :( I need to go much, much more. Thanks for the reminder. We had two open houses this past year with the Draper and the Oquirrh Mountain (ours) temples. It was such a neat experience. I had never been to one before!

Kimberly said...

That just puts a smile on my face.

Michelle said...

I took Evi to the Oquirrh Mountain open house and she DID try to go swimming in the baptismal font. She sat on the floor, took off her shoes, and was so frustrated that we stopped her from "going swimming"!
I'm glad there's a new temple just a bit closer to your house!