Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The First Temple in the Pacific Northwest Turns 40 Years Old

Well, the Seattle Temple officially "celebrated" its 40th year in operation since its dedication in November 1980.  There was a special devotional held last Sunday, November 15, with many special speakers, musical numbers and President McMullin who serves as the Temple's 14th President, concluding the meeting with his remarks.  It was broadcasted online in the appropriate 2020 fashion and seemed to carry a special spirit throughout the meeting even though few were present in the stake center.  It was interesting to hear about the history of the Church in the Northwest from the Temple Recorder, Richard Pedersen.  His historical remarks regarding the temple construction and how the temple has since become a light to this whole region, warmed our hearts.  There were messages on the blessings of doing temple work, and special stories of how names were found so that temple work could be done.  I believe I can speak for everyone who tuned in to the broadcast last Sunday that testimonies were strengthened about the importance of temple work and family history.  We are thankful to have a Temple in Seattle to bless our lives with its divine purposes.  This scripture below was one that I heard during the broadcast and it seems to resonate with all who come to understand the importance of this work that goes on inside Temples. Which is, to perform ordinances of salvation and exaltation for those who have passed on from this life.  To learn more about temples if you are unfamiliar, click Here

And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. 

Malachi 4:6  

Enjoy some recent Autumn pictures from the temple grounds I took in remembrance of the 

40 year Anniversary of this Magnificent Ediface: