For some time now I have wanted to take my boys to Temple Square. I have felt like while they may not be able to go to the temple yet they can visit Temple Square and enjoy the feelings of the spirit there. I have also felt that of the 14 million people who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints only a few are able to visit Temple Square, we are some of the few and we should take advantage of it far more than we do. We had such a wonderful day there that I hope to make it a pre-conference tradition.We began our day at City Creek Park - I have never been to this little park, but it is lovely, a perfect place for our brown bag sack lunch. The boys were so excited to eat lunch out of a brown paper bag. :) Then we visited Brigham Young park, which was once part of Brigham Young's farm - the boys were impressed with the large wheel. :)
So we started our walk around the fountains and gardens. While we were at the fountains I told Brandon to pay attention to how they felt while we were there. Brandon said "Mom I already know, I feel love and happy because you brought us here". Melt my heart. :)
Then we walked over to the temple where the boys played in the little alcove and slid down the side of the stairs. :) The temple was as always beautiful. Brandon and Grant lit up when they saw a Bride getting her pictures taken. :)
We then walked across the street to the Conference Center, we took a tour to the top of the Conference Center. I love how the church turned this building which cover a full block into a forest by planting several different trees on top. It is so beautiful! The view of the temple was beautiful!
Then they had fun looking at the animals in the animal statue .
an exceedingly high mountain and proceeds to show him the Saviors life and Heavenly Father's plan for His children. I found it interesting this time that he takes him to the top of an exceedingly high mountain; when we are at the top of a mountain we have a better view, a better understanding, just like when we were at the top of the Conference Center, Joseph Smith Memorial Building, and Church Office, we had a better view of the city, we could see things better, understand things better. I shared this with Brandon and also told him that the temple is also called the Mountain of the Lord. When we are in the temple we can see and understand things about our lives, the gospel, and Heavenly Father's plan for us better. This is one of the reasons I love the temple so much! I am not sure how much Brandon understood, or how much he will remember, but I hope that a seed was planted for him.
The whole day was simply wonderful. I was so grateful to be there with my boys and my mom. As we watched conference this weekend my boys would point out places they had been. I think it made their experience with conference a bit more memorable. Hopefully this will become a tradition and they will begin to understand and appreciate our love for the Temple, General Conference, and the Church.