I love the Salt Lake Temple. It was 30 years ago that my husband and I were married here. This temple sits on 10 acres right in the middle block of the city. It took 40 years to build, although the ornate interior only took 1 year to complete. The temple dedication took place in 1893, three years before Utah became a state. The exterior is quartz monzonite which is similar to granite, and was quarried about 20 miles southeast of Salt Lake in Little Cottonwood Canyon.
A very majestic and historic building.
The happy couple. Our nephew Charlie has always been such an outstanding young man. From the time he was a little boy he has been a very thoughtful and sensitive person. I know he will treat his bride well because he has had such a great relationship with his parents and siblings.
Yesterday was also another special day in our family. My father in law celebrated his 89th birthday. Up until the last 18 months he has been in very good health. Recently he has been diagnosed with a lung disease, and it has slowed him down quite a bit. He's now on oxygen, which he hates to drag around, and because of all the walking at the Temple, he needed to be pushed around in a wheelchair (which he didn't like either). We were just happy he was well enough to attend the celebration.
My father in law is a great man. As a father of 9 children he worked very hard to support such a large family. He has served most of life in heavy church commitments, with 15 of those years in Brazil. The family has made great sacrifices having him gone for so much of the time. We honor him for his love of God, and his great example of Christ like service. I told him that one year from today I would be bringing him 90 balloons and a cake with 90 candles on it. He laughed and said he didn't think that many balloons could fit in one room, and that a cake couldn't hold that many candles. We'll be trying it anyway.