Saturday was a wonderful day! We drove for four hours to go to the open house at the Gila Valley Temple. That is the newest temple in the state of Arizona. It is located in the eastern part of the state in the Safford / Thatcher area. The drive was long, but so worth it! We were able to enjoy ourselves driving through parts of Arizona that we don't usually see.
The drive was beautiful. We went through the Salt River Canyon.
We were amazed at the beauty and the majesty of the cliffs.
We arrived at the temple. We started at the meeting house just across the parking lot. We watched a video about the importance of temples on the earth. After the presentation we walked across to the temple. We entered through the front door and started our tour.
All of us had to wear protectors on our shoes. This is Anya getting the white footie covers on her shoes. She was so excited to go through the front doors.
All the girls loved the tour. They were reverent throughout and thrilled with the murals that are in the temple. The artists involved did an amazing job. I admired many of the paintings and love the simplicity within the walls.
The best part of all was when the girls gathered outside the celestial room and peaked through the door. Three little mouths dropped open in awe. It was so amazing to see the exact same expression on all three of their faces. They all looked completely alike for that moment.
They were able to walk through that room in wonder, awe and reverence. It was a white room decorated with taste and elegance. The chandelier dropped down in the center of the room. It is all done in crystals and they sparkle in the light. Each one looks like holds a miniature rainbow of color inside the crystals. All three girls have decided that they want to come back there someday.
For me, it was the best part of my mother's day weekend. I was able to teach my children what forever really means. They were able to walk through the halls of the Holy Temple and know that that is where they wanted to be.