Monday, August 18, 2008

Twin Falls Temple and Shoshone Falls

This is actually the back view. The front was next to the road and we didn't walk up there.

This last Saturday, we headed to the Twin Falls Temple Open House about 2 hours away from home. I had never attended a temple open house so I was looking forward to it. Before the LDS temples are dedicated they are open to the public for several weeks. It was estimated that 150,000 people would be going through the temple in about a months time. After the open house, the temple is closed to the public and only worthy members of the church are allowed in as sacred ordinances happen inside. I was very impressed with all of the local things that were incorporated into the temple. The Syringa flower, our state flower, was EVERYWHERE! It was in the stained glass windows, in the carpet, in the wallpaper, just everywhere. They also had murals in one of the rooms that was painted to look much like the Twin Falls landscape. Granite and natural stone was also everywhere in the temple. It was very beautiful. It is much different than the Boise temple in that the Boise temple does not include a lot of the local things inside. To me it is more cookie cutter than the ones they are building now. Never the less they are all beautiful. Gunnar was a pill the entire day. We were out late at an Elder's Quorum Social and woke up at about 6am to leave so he was not a happy boy. We were lucky to get a few happy pictures.

I told him to sit on the rock and smile and he completely posed for the picture.

Gunnar actually pushed the button to take this picture. He did such a great job!

We had this random person take this picture. Gunnar was TICKED! He was angry to begin with and we just made it worse because he wanted to continue running everywhere. Jeff's face is pretty funny too.
After the temple, we headed to Shoshone Falls. It is considered the Niagra Falls of the West. It is also taller than Niagra Falls by 50 ft. It is best to see it in the spring when it is the fullest. Usually around this time, it is just a trickle because it is dammed up for the farmers. But there was a lot of water flowing. The flow was considered between medium to high.

7 clever remarks:

Rachel C. said...

We went to the open house on Saturday too!!! I wish we had gone to Shoshone Falls but it was pretty late by the time we got to Twin Falls.

I think you're my visiting teacher!!! Yay!

Stacey said...

Very cute pictures!! That temple looks beautiful. I wish we had gotten a chance to go there. Shoshone Falls looks gorgeous too!

Camille said...

I had no idea Shone Falls were taller than Niagara! I am so glad you posted that. I would have been so disappointed to go to Niagara expecting it to be a good 4 times the size of Shoshone falls.

Mindy said...

What a cute skirt you have on!

Trenton & Maren said...

We were able to go also. It was so neat. We took the kids, too, and you always wonder how they'll behave! I was also impressed with the syringa flower. The artwork was pretty amazing. What a cool experience.

Shauna said...

Looks like you had a good time. It was fun seeing you there for a second in the parking lot. Gunnar sure is a character.

Robert and Hannah said...

What a great day! We loved out trip. Everytime we try to go to Shoshone Falls they aren't flowing well. We need some better luck!