Monday, January 26, 2009

Draper Temple Open House

The Draper Temple Open House has been going on since Jan 15, 2009. It is a beautiful little temple in the city of Draper, which is the city north of the point of the mountain, in the Salt Lake Valley.

It has a beautiful chandelier in the Celestial Room. It also has the largest sealing room of all the temples in the world.

The endowment rooms have murals which look like paintings of the forests in the Payson Mountains.

The temple will serve 60,000 members of the church. Since it is a small temple, it will not have any temple clothing that you can rent and it will not have a cafeteria. To attend the temple after it is dedicated, members will have to make an appointment.

The open house will end March 14, 2009. It will be dedicated a week or so after that.

In a few months the Oquirrh Mountain temple will have an open house. It is another little temple that is on the west side of the Salt Lake valley below the Copper mine.

The Draper Temple and the Oquirrh Mountain temple were built to take off some of the pressure from the Jordan River temple. Right now the Jordan River temple has about 110 stakes in its temple district. It is always crowded.

It was a great pleasure to go to the Draper Temple Open House. On February 21, 2009, Carol, Michael, Karalee, Derrick and myself are planning to go to the open house.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Car Show January 2009

Yesterday, 1/19/2009, Michael and I went to the car show in Sandy, Utah.

As we walked into the showroom, there were two great looking Corvettes. Michael and I liked the red convertible the best. They let us get in and I took a picture of Michael in the car and then he took a picture of me in the car.

Michael in a Brand New Corvette Convertible

Me in the same Corvette

We saw some other way cool cars like this Ferrari:

Ferrari. WOW!!

The disappointment of the car show was that most of the normal passenger cars (you know, the ones you may be able to afford some day) only got around 30 mpg. There was a Honda Accord hybrid that got 45 mpg.

Of course there was the Toyota Prius hybrid which was listed as 48 mpg city and 45 mpg highway (isn't that strange). I think the Prius is ugly. The Honda looks a lot better.

Maybe next year they will have cars with better gas mileage??

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Phoenix trip to John

Hi family,

We went to John's for the New Years celebration in Phoenix. We had a great time with John, Allison, Alan and Hyrum.

While there, they took us to an archealogical dig of the indian ruins that lived in Phoenix many years ago. We were surprised at all the archealogical sites that were in the Phoenix area. Some of them were at the end of the airport runway. They were surprisingly advanced in their irrigation system which they used to water their crops.

We also enjoyed going to the temple with John and Allison. Since Michael let his temple recommend expire, he stayed home to babysit Alan and Hyrum.

On Sunday, January 4, we celebrated Carol's birthday. Allison took a picture of Carol blowing out candles on her birthday cake and posted it on their blog.

Thank you John and Allison for a great time.