While in Utah, Tony and I were able to go to the Provo Temple. Hooray for Grandma Brown and Aunt Whitney for watching Hyrum for the morning.
It was a sun-shiny morning and there were missionaries everywhere! Provo may not be everyone's favorite temple because it's an older style and not as "pretty" as some, but Provo is where my parents met, so they were on my mind while we were there.
Provo was the twelfth temple that Tony and I have been to together. A dozen holy places. A dozen houses of God. We love temples. Brigham Young said this about temples...
"We enjoy the privilege of entering into a temple, built to the name of God, and receiving the ordinances of his house...we also enjoy the privilege of administering for our fathers and mothers, our grandfathers and grandmothers, for those who have slept without the Gospel...We love to visit the temple and we are so excited for the Gilbert Temple and the Phoenix Temple that will be completed very soon. Did you know that if you aren't a member, you can go inside these temples before they are dedicated? If you'd like to go, ask us about it! We'd love to go with you, maybe even go out for ice cream too!
To accomplish this work there will have to be not only one temple but thousands of them, and thousands and tens of thousands of men and women will go into those temples and officiate for people who have lived as far back as the Lord shall reveal" (Discourses of Brigham Young).