Sunday, October 9, 2011

Payson Temple Groundbreaking

Yesterday (October 9, 2011) my girls and I went to the Payson temple groundbreaking. Well, we went to a stake center and watched it live from the dry, warm chapel there. Elder Oaks and the thousands who were there were out in the off-and-on rain and cool weather in the 30s. Alexander was at a marching band competition so he wasn't with us. I was disappointed that he didn't get to be there. I wanted to make this whole process of temple building special for my children so it is something they won't forget.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks presided and gave the dedicatory prayer. I didn't know that he moved to his grandparents' farm in Payson after his father died when he was around 7 years old and he met his first wife at a football game at Payson high school. Of the temple, he said, "Standing adjacent to I-15, the major north-south artery in Utah, the Payson Utah Temple will be a dominant and visible influence on the millions who pass by here by day and by night."

It was so interesting that we sang two songs written by people who once lived in Payson. One was #147 Sweet Is the Work, with music by John J. McClellan, who was the mayor of Payson from 1887 to 1890. And then I think the other one was Ebenezer Beesley who wrote #5 "High on the Mountain Top". Who knew any songs in the hymn book were written by anyone who even heard of Payson, Utah? If you haven't lived in Utah, you probably have never heard of it.

It was a short ceremony, but there were a few different speakers. One was Elder Steven E. Snow. He said that when he and his wife were sealed in the temple, there were only 13 temples in the whole world and they thought it would be fun to have a goal to visit each one. Now there are 135 operating and many under construction and announced. So Elder Snow said that "President Hinckley and President Monson ruined" their plans.

(Artist's rendering below)
The Payson temple will be one of the bigger recently built temples, at 96,630 square feet. The Draper temple is 58,300 sq. feet and the Oquirrh Mountain temple just slightly larger than that at 60,000 sq. feet.  

I don't know much about Payson, but we went down and found the future temple site and took photos. I plan to go with my children often during the construction process so we can take photos and see the progress and hopefully they will feel a little part of this temple and remember it always. It will be fun to do similar things with the Provo Tabernacle that will be turned into a temple. We already have some memories there.

The temple site used to be a wheat field, not long ago. Sabrina found a few pieces of wheat and we brought them home. We're going to frame them, along with a photo of the temple, in the future.

While we were there, someone came and collected a bit of this dirt, which they "turned" during the groundbreaking.

Elisa took a few pictures and touched the lens so the rest of the photos after that had a blurry smudge. Oh, so sad it's on me. :)

We found a little friend popping out of his hole while we were there. Sabrina is very worried since he's about to lose his home.

I am grateful to be able to share such a beautiful thing with my children, step-by-step. I know that the covenants we make in the temple are sacred and meant to be eternal. Some people may not keep their promises, but all of our Heavenly Father's promises are true if we live up to our part. The promises made to us in the temple are so precious and worth all effort of sacrifice and obedience to live up to them.


  1. That is so great that you could see the dedication and go to the site with the family.
    I remember the excitement of all of that when they were doing the building process of the Rexburg Temple. It was amazing and since we live so close and drove by so often it was truly a testimony builder for us.

  2. I am glad you got to share the dedication with the girls. I am sure they will always remember this.... and the example you have set with love and gratitude you have for temples. Heather

  3. I can't wait to take my kids to see the site!

  4. I love the idea to frame the wheat with the temple photo! I sure hope you keep posting pictures of the temple progress. So neat to be so close!

  5. I think you are such a strong Mom and woman. Your kids will remember that day forever. Thanks for this post and sharing your cute family through photos.

  6. That is really great that you got to go to the groundbreaking. And "Wow!" that is going to be a large and beautiful Temple. It will be fun for you and the kids to watch the progress!

  7. You're wonderful to have your children go to the spot where the beautiful Payson Temple will be built! We wanted to go to the stake center for the ground breaking but grandkids sports on Saturday morning won out! So glad you posted about this!

  8. I really enjoyed your thoughts on the Payson Temple groundbreaking and the awesome picturs. Some of my ancestors settled Payson. It is really wonderful that you doing this for your children. We were able to help with 2 open houses and were part of the dedication of the Las Vegas Temple and the Spokane Washington temple. Our children loved those moments and it helped in building their testimonies of temples.
    Blessings to you and keep on enjoying the moments with your children.

  9. So cool that you got to see it. I really like the idea of framing the wheat with a pic of the temple!

  10. This is wonderful! I wish my husband and I could've been there. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Hooray! Such a fun, exciting day.

  12. Thanks for sharing. Might you post a recent picture of the temple to ?

    The latest is July 10th !


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