Friday, March 20, 2009

Temple Visitors Center

My kids are a bunch of animals!
We ran into Michael's on our way to Mesa. Faith and Gabby were having fun with the animal hats. While there I got to see one of my favorite floral designers Dorthy, who I have known for a while and always stops to visit with me.
Then as I was checking out a good friend Trudy had spotted me in the window coming into the store. She use to be Coco's Young Woman's Leader and became my friend. She is an amazingly talented and beautiful lady with a heart of gold. It was so good to see her and visit for a little while.
It really made me miss my buddies from Ashley Heights ward. sniff sniff

My Savior, My Redeemer
Then we (Coco, Talmage, Faith, Gabby and myself) went to the Mesa Temple visitors center. We watched a movie called "The Other Wise Man". It had a good lesson of course and I didn't cry. Woo Hoo! Usually I come out with big old raccoon eyes from crying.
There was a beautiful art exhibit also by Aron Friberg. The art work was all pictures from the Book Of Mormon. No pictures were allowed to be taken in the exhibit area.
We then went in by the huge statue of Jesus. I wanted to share some pictures with you of our little trip. Faith, Gabby, Coco and Talmage.
I then tried to get a picture of Coco and Talmage. He didn't want to turn around. Then I wanted to get one of Gabby, Faith and Talmage. He still didn't want to stop staring at The Jesus statue.
When he says Jesus it is said in almost a whisper of reverence. So precious!
Then we went out walking on the Temple grounds.
Someone just got married and they were outside getting pictures taken and being hugged by family and friends. I decided to take a picture of the family.
When I got sealed to my sweet Alan, no one took pictures of us as we came out of the Temple. I am forever upset with this. We got married civilly a year before and have pictures of that but not of this very special day of our eternal union.
It smelled so pretty and everything was just glorious in color and sent.
This tree I believe is a Decorative Plumb
Some lovely Bottle Brush trees
Beautiful flowers of every color. I was especially fond of this one.
The building in this picture to the right is of the set for the Easter Pageant.
The Easter pageant began as a sunrise service in 1928. Now it is the world's largest annual outdoor Easter pageant, with a cast of over 400.
Come to the Mesa, Arizona Easter Pageant and experience the life and teachings of Jesus Christ through music, dance, and drama.

Jesus the Christ presents reenactments from the King James Version of the Bible to tell the story of Jesus Christ's birth, ministry, selfless death, and miraculous Resurrection. Performances are presented in both English and Spanish. American Sign Language is also available.

It is an awesome event to come see. I remember waking up and walking down to the Temple as a kid with our blankets to watch this with my family. When we lived so close to walk to it in the evenings you could hear the singing as it floated through the sky, it was truly magical.

This last picture is one of my favorites of the day.

It is always a wonderful experience to go to the Temple to go through for a session or to just go to the visitors center. It is very peaceful and always beautiful no matter what time of the year. Tonight is date night. Do you have anything special planned? Hubby and I are doing a date night in our room. I will feed the kiddos and we will have a little bit later dinner and have time to visit and snuggle afterwords. Hugs, Bobbi Jo


Jaclyn said...

What a fun thing to do with your kids! My date night with David is getting Subway and renting a movie :)

Janice said...

Thank you so much for this post. I just really felt the spirit and missed being there. The Mesa temple is my favorite. What an awesome way to spend your day. THanks for sharing!!

The book I read was called "Rebecca" by Daphne ?
It is an old classic book written in 1938 by a lady from England. If you read it just keep reading it gets better after page 50. It is really slow until later then you want to keep reading. I'm glad I read it.

Connie said...

I had a wonderful experience thursday morning at the temple, honey! Probably one of the best I've ever had. I think I'll make thursday morn my regular temple day. Looks like the "fam" had fun! I'm going to do a post on my "reliance" product soon. I love the can storage units!

Connie said...

Our date night is always out to a restaurant and then maybe DQ or Cold Stone Creamery, honey!! Love it.