The first fact that surprised me was that this is only the 142nd operating temple of the Church worldwide. Since they are worldwide, I assumed there would be more.
No photography was allowed on the tour, but since they gave us a handout with pictures, I will share them with you, beginning with the Entry.
I think all of us were amazed by the Baptistry. Those twelve oxen are life-sized.
This was one of the instruction rooms.
The Celestial Room was just breathtaking.
As they led us through gorgeous room after room, up and down stairs, I was just confused. Beautiful as it was, it was nothing like I expected. Where was the giant nave with a choir loft? There was a small chapel, but nothing that would hold hundreds of people. Well, this just shows my obvious ignorance of the Mormon religion. The Temple is not used for Sunday services, but for sacred ordinances like baptism and eternal marriage. There were seven Sealing rooms, where a bride and groom are married not only for this life but also for eternity. For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the temple is the most sacred place on earth. It is a spiritual center where each Mormon can find peace and a special closeness to God.
For me, it was really an interesting glimpse into the unknown.
I'll leave you with a shot of the angel Moroni, atop the 195 foot spire.