Merry Christmas Temple Chasers.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Not pictured but seen to the left of the roller coaster is the RLDS temple or what is now known as the Community of Christ temple, located in Independence.
With the removal of hills and soil, the view of the surrounding area is appearing. We have had some snow and extreme cold weather so work has slowed down quite a bit.
Information about open house and dedication dates for the Gila Valley Arizona Temple is now posted at LDS.org. This temple was announced in April of 2008...just 6 months before ours was announced. These are fun times....I think even funner then a roller coaster.
Friday, December 4, 2009
That's quite a change. The property is almost unrecognizable now. It's shaping up nicely. Hopefully we'll have some news on a ground breaking ceremony soon!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Mom says, "Oh how I can't wait to take some groundbreaking pix. Like my mom said..."patience is a virtue!" So now we wait..."
Thursday, October 29, 2009
What is the difference between a temple and a meetinghouse?
"Regular Sunday worship, instruction and other social and recreational activities occur in Latter-day Saint meetinghouses, or chapels. In temples, on the other hand, faithful members receive specific instruction about the purpose of life and their relationship to God. There they take part in family-oriented ordinances, both for themselves and in behalf of deceased ancestors. Sacred ordinances available only in temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally."
I think that would explain why our meetinghouses are generally understated and not ornately decorated or embellished. We utilize our meetinghouses for a variety of purposeful activities, not only Sabbath worship. It has always been my opinion, however, that generally the chapels in our meetinghouses, though understated are beautiful, as that is where we perform the sacred ordinance of the Sacrament.
I thought this paragraph found in this article, might be helpful as well.
"Often local Mormon Church buildings include more than a chapel. Such multi-use buildings include classrooms, administrative offices for local lay-leaders (bishop and clerk’s offices), a library, a kitchen, and a cultural hall. Mormons sometimes call these local buildings the “meetinghouse,” “church” or “chapel,” but they generally refer to the building itself instead of some specific section. Most LDS meetinghouses display the Church’s logo, meeting times and a “Visitors Welcome” sign somewhere on the building or on a small marquee in front. Additionally, there is the ubiquitous spire or steeple associated with such buildings that tend to reflect, despite architectural nuances, a sense of familiarity and connectedness no matter where they are found throughout the world." - I think this is one of the reasons why our meetinghouses are less stately then our temples, because they are uniform. This gives a great feeling of continuity and enables our churches to be recognizable wherever they may be.
A truly great reference for Questions that are frequently asked about the temple can be found here.
Here is an article explaining the differences between Temples and Meetinghouses or Chapels.
President Gordon B. Hinckley sums up the differences between temples and meetinghouses perfectly in this article when he said,
"These buildings (temples), different from the thousands of regular Church houses of worship scattered over the earth, are unique in purpose and function from all other religious edifices. It is not the size of these buildings or their architectural beauty that makes them so. It is the work that goes on within their walls."
It is what goes on within their walls that makes them different. Understanding those differences can help explain their design and purpose as well.
Questions are good! We love questions! And I love anwers and can always use help in that department so if anyone has any other great answers or references as to what the differences are between temples and meetinghouses, let me know!
So, here's my Frequently Asked Question: When are people going to start sending me pictures of themselves or their families at the temple lot? Today would not be a good day to go take pictures...you will get muddy, but the forcast looks good in the future!
It's hard to see in these pictures, the little blue and red tractors pushing brush and trees around. It looks like culverts are going in to prepare for.....roads!!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Yipee...let's go!! Go watch the video!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Originally, I thought this date to be October 15th. But it looks like we still have time to add this to our list of things to pray for.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
"We continue to build temples. We desire that as many members as possible have an opportunity to attend the temple without having to travel inordinate distances. Worldwide, 83 percent of our members live within 200 miles (320 km) of a temple. That percentage will continue to increase as we construct new temples around the world. Currently there are 130 temples in operation, with 16 announced or under construction. This morning I am pleased to announce 5 additional temples for which sites are being acquired and which, in coming months and years, will be built in the following locations: Brigham City, Utah; Concepción, Chile; Fortaleza, Brazil; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Sapporo, Japan.
Millions of ordinances are performed in the temples each year in behalf of our deceased loved ones. May we continue to be faithful in performing such ordinances for those who are unable to do so for themselves. I love the words of President Joseph F. Smith as he spoke of temple service and of the spirit world beyond mortality. Said he, “Through our efforts in their behalf their chains of bondage will fall from them, and the darkness surrounding them will clear away, that light may shine upon them and they shall hear in the spirit world of the work that has been done for them by their [people] here, and will rejoice with you in your performance of these duties.”'
President Thomas S. Monson
The New Mark Temple Chasers will be embarking on another monthly quest to Winter Quarters this friday at noon. I am reminded of the privilege we have to be within 3 hours of a temple. Even though we will have one within minutes very soon, I still consider it a sacred blessing to be able to travel to and from the temple in the same day. Great and marvelous things are happening. It is a joy to be here at this time. I'm thrilled for those who live in the areas where the more recent temples were announced to be built and I remember how it felt a year ago when a temple was announced for Kansas City. I felt the electricity in my bosom as I know those saints felt too. It was joyous then, as it still is now.
Let the Temple Chase begin for them.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I've seen trucks from Kansas City and Henderson, Colorado on site. I know they see me coming now and think..."here comes the crazy lady with the camera". I guess they just don't know that I'm the Temple Chaser! I think I need a business card. What do you think?
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
The symbol of virtue, white and purity are synonomous with the Temple. Let us seek after these things.
Friday, August 28, 2009
So, it's not much...in fact, the machinery is unmanned, but it's still action!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Salt Lake City
To celebrate the newest temple dedication, have a Family Home Evening discussing temples and see how many Utah temples your family knows!
And I think what I'm most excited for is this picture.. taken on Friday the 21st, just a couple of days ago. Can't you just see our Prophet dedicating the Kansas City Temple??? I envy those who are in attendance in Utah but I know our time will come when the doors to our very own temple will be opened and we will witness the dedication of His Holy House right here in our own city.
Please let me be there when that day comes!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
named The Meadows at Searcy Creek, on about 28.8 acres generally
located at the northwest corner of NE Pleasant Valley Road and I-435
in District R-5 and R-1a to allow the creation of 25 lots.
District R-5, a district for high apartments, was recently established
at this location to allow for the height of the Kansas City Missouri
Temple and an adjoining meetinghouse. District R-1a is a district for
Submission of a final plat is one of the conditions set forth in the
preliminary Community Unit Project recently passed by the City Council
for the entire 56-acre development where the temple will be located.
Some site preparations are already underway.
Although no date has been announced for the groundbreaking of the
temple, it is anticipated to occur in the spring of 2010.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
During the Planning and Zoning Committee meeting the day before, the project representatives noted that the Church wished to begin site construction by the end of this year with construction on the temple beginning likely in April or May of next year, though no groundbreaking date has been announced. Please follow the link below to watch video of the proceedings.
PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE MEETING VIDEO:http://kansascity.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=3530
You really ought to watch the video...it is fascinating and you will have a great view of the proposed temple site. Now we can imagine what it will be like!!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
At least it's good news right?!
Yesterday, the Kansas City Missouri Planning and Zoning Committeeheard the proposals being put forth to allow for construction of theKansas City Missouri Temple, an adjoining meetinghouse, and 140 residential units on the designated 56-acre site. The Committee unanimously passed the proposals to the City Council with thefollowing recommendations: (1) Shoal Creek Valley Area Plan amendment: Immediate Adoption(2) Rezoning Ordinance: Advance and Do Pass, Debate(3) Community Unit Project: Advance and Do Pass, Debate The City Council meets on these issues today. It has final authorityin the Plan amendment. The other two ordinances, however, will pass tothe City Plan Commission for final approval.
I love seeing the Lord's work move forward and can't wait for groundbreaking. One of the other pieces of info I am excited about is the adjoining meetinghouse! Our area is growing by leaps and bounds...the stone is rolling forth!
Being in Utah has been wonderful and has made me even more excited for construction to begin.
Kansas City, here I come.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Go to the temple lot...take a picture of yourself, your family, your pets...whatever you want and email it to me. In the subject line, please type....Temple Lot Photo...and I'll submit it here on the blog. Be sure to include your family's name and where you are from, without giving away too many details. Let's see how many photos we can get!
Go here to find out where the temple will be and take your picture. Go on!
Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Go here to reserve your tickets for the open house!!
I wish I was posting that the Kansas City Temple Open House was being announced. Sadly, I can't even tell you when ground will be broken. I still check....always.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Elder Busche of the First Quorum of the Seventy and president of the Frankfurt Germany Temple
I can't wait to attend the "University" here in Kansas City!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
I am still patiently waiting for the groundbreaking ceremony to happen so construction can begin and you can REALLY get to blogging. Our fans our waiting. However, as my luck would have it, I have come into some attention lately that I would not have guessed. It has been interesting how a green old vinyl chair like myself could attract so many visitors…people who are actually looking for me. I like it.
I have been become a Geo Caching site. As some of your helper chasers cruised by me today, just to see how things were going, you can imagine their surprise to find a little medicine pill bottle on my seat. Upon further investigation (as that is how one chaser is wired….) they found the following treasurers:Geo Caching instructions
A sign up sheet of visitors
A blue and pink fingerprint smudged bouncy rubber ball Even though the chasers were not REALLY geocaching, they found it a great opportunity to leave a pass along card and a handwritten note (fortunately one chaser had a mini Sharpie in her purse). The note went something like this: There will be a Mormon temple built on across the street from where you are standing.
To learn more, go to http://www.mormon.org/ or google “Kansas City Temple Chaser.” J
They also left $1.20 and a note for the finder to go get a Wendy’s frosty.
I feel so popular!
Love to you Temple Chaser
the green Naugahyde chair
Submitted by Valerie Anderson..fellow Temple Chaser
Monday, February 16, 2009
I posted this entry on my personal blog a couple of weeks ago....it's about a recent trip I made to the Winter Quarter's Temple in Omaha, Nebraska. Val suggested I post here on the Temple Chaser so you can see what all this is about.
You can call me Grandma now.
No...not that kind of grandma. I've decided that Grandma's can come in all shapes and sizes and ages. It's not having a "grandchild" that makes you a grandma necessarily.I became a grandma a couple of weeks ago in an unusual way. I'm Val's grandma.We believe, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that we can be sealed to our families all through eternity. That means, when we pass away, we are still united as a family. Our lost children, our loved ones who pass away too soon...everyone...through all generations can be together forever. We perform ordinances here on earth for those who didn't have the opportunity in this life, that they may have the blessings of being with their families forever too. When I do this for someone else, I become a proxy or substitute. I act on their behalf as if they were here. We also believe that the person we stand in proxy for, has the option to accept or not...the work that is done for them. Two weeks ago, I acted on behalf of Val's grandma as she was "sealed" to her parents for all eternity. What an awesome privilege. I'm pretty sure Val's grandma was pleased and is looking forward to spending eternity with her family....even her grand kids. So, you see...I'm a grandma. Just don't call me Granny.
That's what it's all about.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
“We are proud and humbled that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would select JE Dunn as their building partner on the Kansas City, Missouri, Temple,” Dunn CEO Terry Dunn said in a release Tuesday. “We look forward to working to provide members of the LDS Church in the Kansas City region a special, holy place to call their own.”
Okay..now give us a sign!!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Even with 6 degree temperatures. There is no wind and the light dusting of snow is brilliant in the sun.Last night I heard that JeDunn, a large construction company here in the Metro, has been awarded the construction of the temple. http://www.jedunn.com/
Monday, January 26, 2009
Blessings to all who are waiting for the earth to begin turning at Shoal Creek.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
"The advancement of the cause of God and the building up of Zion is as much one man's business as another's.
...let every man, woman and child realize the importance of the work, and act as if success depended on his individual exertion alone." Joseph Smith
"In order to erect the Temple of the Lord, great exertions will be required on the part of the Saints, so that they may build a house which shall be accepted by the Almighty, and in which His power and glory shall be manifested. Therefore let those who can freely make a sacrifice of their time, their talents, and their property, for the prosperity of the kingdom, and for the love they have to the cause of truth,...unite with us in the great work of the last days, and share in the tribulation, that they may ultimately share in the glory and triumph." Joseph Smith
Even though ground has not been broken, we must not let our resolve fail us and continue "building" and preparing for the temple to be in our midst. There is much we can do. Let us thrust forth our scythe and share in the tribulation and glory and triumph.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
"When I wake up in the morning and look out that window, I have the resolve and determination to live through the day and keep the covenants of being an honest and hardworking person," Steve said.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
President George Q. Cannon
Who doesn't want to have blessings called down?
"Our labors in the temple cover us with a shield and a protection, both individually and as a people. So come to the temple—come and claim your blessings. It is a sacred work."
President Boyd K. Packer
Come and get 'em!