We had a great visit with Sam's sister and her family
and a happy Easter Sunday.
Yesterday was catch-up day (aka about 27 loads of laundry day...).
We've almost got our feet back under us, and we are ready to knock out the last month of school!
(This photo was on display at the open house. I loved it so I snapped a picture of the photo with my phone.)
The past couple of weeks have been filled with activities surrounding the open house of the Memphis Tennessee temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I felt so blessed to be able to participate in the open house as a volunteer in a couple of different ways. It was amazing to be able to see and learn about a little of the behind-the-scenes events that took place.
Originally there was no open house scheduled but then, just weeks before the open house would occur, it was announced that there would be an open house.
This meant that construction time was reduced by more than a month.
Weather was not cooperating as the rain poured down, day after day.
A week before the open house was to begin, the area surrounding the temple was still dirt.
Members of the surrounding area were asked to fast and pray that the temple would be completed on time and that the weather would allow the necessary work to move forward.
Due to inclement weather and other issues elsewhere, temple construction crews in other locations ended up suddenly being unable to work and they were sent to Memphis. Essentially overnight, the crew grew from about 50 people to over 200.
Concrete was poured and landscaping was completed and everything came together beautifully!
It is truly a magnificent building and the hearts of many were touched.
Civic leaders commented that they had never felt the way they had felt within the temple before, and one former mayor even expressed his desire to come back regularly.
I'm so grateful for the temple and for the blessings it brings into our lives!
You can see the inside of the Memphis, Tennessee temple here,
or view a detailed video with explanations of the Rome, Italy temple here.