From the dedicatory prayer of the first temple in this dispensation (D&C 109:22-23): "And we ask thee, Holy Father, that thy servants may go forth from this house armed with thy power, and that thy name may be upon them, and thy glory be round about them, and thine angels have charge over them; And from this place they may bear exceedingly great and glorious tidings, in truth, unto the ends of the earth..." The Provo City Center Utah LDS Temple from the air, at sunset.
The temple is awe-inspiring in its design and beauty - but a deeper purpose is what happens inside. Just thinking about the ordinances performed inside while I was photographing outside, is also awe-inspiring to me. It was quite busy on this weekday evening. The Oquirrh Mountain Utah LDS Temple.
Many LDS temples have distinctive themes and patterns in their design. The Billings Montana temple has lots of straight lines and right angles. Regardless of the design, each temple serves the same sacred function: the creation of eternal families.
The architecture of this building is certainly impressive. It's one of the largest enclosed spaces in the world. It looks grand - but it's only the home to government offices and a fast food indoor mall. :) James R. Thompson Center, Chicago, Illinois.
Soon, too soon, the leaves will color and fall. There is a significant symbolism in the seasons, like there is in all of creation. From the scriptures, "...this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God" (Alma 34:32) and "in an hour when ye think not the summer shall be past, and the harvest ended, and your souls not saved." Doctrine & Covenants 45:2 (see also Jeremiah 8:19-20).
The galactic core setting over remote eastern Utah. This is literally the center of everything that we know of.
I took advantage of there being a very dark sky area close to where I was staying and spent some time in the early morning hours shooting. I'm lucky that the advancing cloud cover didn't obscure more of the Milky Way.
This area is interesting in that there isn't even a small town for 70 miles in the direction this shot was taken and if you kept going, there aren't any large cities on this trajectory in the whole of North America.
The Provo City Center Temple - what a remarkable building, and an amazing story. A fire gutted this 132-year old pioneer tabernacle and left only the outside walls standing. Now it's been given a new life as the newest temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Looking out at the very empty land from the top of an ancient volcanic rim (Doherty Slide) in southern Oregon. I loved driving through this isolated part of the western United States. If you went directly toward the horizon of this scene, you wouldn't intersect a town for over 200 miles - and then you'd be at the Pacific coast.
I took this photo on a very dark night in the middle of nowhere, Montana. When processing it later, on my computer, I saw what seemed to be the outline of a young woman in a long dress and blowing hair. I enhanced the outline I saw. :)
It was a beautiful beach day in Southern California. Looking at this image, I can feel the warm sand on my bare feet, the cooler ocean breeze, the sound of the surf and the seagulls. I love the beach. :) These little sand mountains came from a heavy rainstorm the day before. I have happy memories of time spent on these beaches when I was a child.