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“No fair! You get to come here every week?”
“I want to live here…”
“Wow. Woah! WOOOW!!!”
Top three quotes from my kids at the Draper Temple Open House tonight, from my 9 year old, 4 year old, and 2 year old respectively. The final quote was especially memorable because it was pronounced quite loudly in the Celestial Room, a sacred space where silence or whispers are the norm. But somehow I think God smiled and accepted the compliment.

Less important, but maybe more to the purpose of this blog, the design of the building was wonderful. It is striking from the outside, but it was the interior that shone brightest. I loved the reintroduction of murals into the ordinance rooms, something I have always appreciated about the Salt Lake Temple. I also thought the Celestial Room was wonderful. The room is so much taller than it is wide in either direction that your eye is almost inexorably drawn up to the gorgeous chandelier and then to heaven.

Reservations are still available; come see for yourself. Everyone is welcome, member or not.

posted by ted on Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 · 3 comments

The Friend magazine has some nice new online features. My younger kids had a great time with the coloring pages a few days ago. Also some audio features and an online gallery for pictures submitted by kids. (Nice to see them in a little larger format than what’s feasible in the printed magazine!)

posted by ted on Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 · 4 comments

“What does it mean to speak of child protection when pornography and violence can be viewed in so many homes through media widely available today? Children deserve to grow up with a healthy understanding of sexuality and its proper place in human relationships. They should be spared the degrading manifestations and the crude manipulation of sexuality so prevalent today…All have a part to play in this task—not only parents, religious leaders, teachers and catechists, but the media and entertainment industries as well.”
Pope Benedict XVI, in his address to American bishops (, April 16, 2008)

posted by tadd on Saturday, Apr 26, 2008

“Anyone can be a naughty-pants.”
Truth uttered by my kindergartner first thing this morning, without preamble or further explanation

posted by ted on Thursday, Oct 04, 2007