"No matter how often or how far we fall, the Light of Christ ever burns brightly. And even in the deepest night, if we but step toward Him, His light will consume the shadows and reignite our souls." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf
This is my daughter, silhouetted during an amazing sunset at Utah Lake.
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.