Sunday, August 7, 2016

Finally, a Temple in Pennsylvania!

Oh, I know it's been a while.  I've been enjoying precious, sweet, personal time with my new baby.  I wouldn't trade it for the world...or for the blogging-world.  Sorry guys!

But if there's anything that would be a strong enough pull to bring be back to blogland, it would be the completion of the first ever temple in my beloved home-state of Pennsylvania.

Our family has waited 8 long years, since the announcement, to see this temple come to fruition.  (My grandpa who was born here and who has passed on has waited much longer!) Two years ago on our way to the airport, we visited the temple under construction, and it was thrilling even to see a shell of a house of the Lord gracing this beautiful land we have come to love so much.

So, yeah, we're excited to go serve in the temple open house this weekend and to take our children through on a tour.

Although, our family has a lot of big things going on at the moment, I was reminded at church this morning not to let this once-in-a-lifetime, much anticipated season of life pass me we're making every effort to follow the admonishment of our Stake leaders to try to serve in the temple as open house volunteers 3-5 times before its dedication.

With 5 kids and a nursing baby, this seems like a lot (seeing as the temple is 2.5 hours from our house!)  But we want to be a part of the miracles that will undoubtedly accompany the dedication of such a beautiful house of God.

I'm pretty sure I can't even begin to describe what this temple means to me personally as a proud-Pennsylvania saint living in one of the smallest and most spread out stakes in North America...but I'm sure you can imagine.

If you're a reader anywhere on the East coast, please think about coming over to tour this temple built in the heart of the birthplace of America.  You can book a tour here.


  1. We live in New York, so we are not in the Philadelphia Temple district. However, we are making a day trip of going to the Open House next week on the August 20th. I'm looking forward to it. I love Philadelphia and can't wait to walk through a temple with my entire family.

  2. How fun, we are getting a new temple near us in nearby Cedar City...lots of temples in utah.

  3. How wonderful! Enjoy your beautiful new temple.

  4. wow, its beautiful! And it really stands out. It is so much brighter than everything else and right in city. I love it! How neat you get to be a part of it.

  5. It's so beautiful in the pictures! My husband and I were discussing the possibility of making the drive up there so our children can experience an open house. Your family is doing a great job. Keep enjoying that baby!

  6. That's exciting. The whole state and area will be blessed.