Thursday, March 10, 2016

Preparing for the Dedication

The temple dedication will take place on the first day of spring.
The temple will be the 150th operating temple.
The Provo Temple was the Church's 15th operating temple
It looks like someone from the temple department likes numbers.
Over 800,000 visitors toured the new temple. 
There were actually people assigned to count heads as visitors entered the temple.
If you like numbers, here's one I found amazing:  Over 25,000 volunteers helped with the open house.
I had to wait a few days until more volunteers removed all the tents.
This hyacinth enjoyed the warm air in his tent.
So did a few daffodils.
I continue to look for evidence of the approaching spring.
Buds on these cherry trees are almost ready to burst.
These buds across Center Street are about to explode.
It won't be long until new leaves are open on the trees.
The pansies enjoyed the warmth of the morning sun.
Somehow these blossoms from last year survived the winter.
The south entrance has been blocked with tents for months, even before the construction fence went down.
I was very happy to see this transom window this morning without using the extreme range of my zoom lens.
The grounds were busy with workers again.  The red zamboni was cleaning the sidewalks.
Painters touched up the fences.
Meanwhile, workers underground are dismantling the theaters and removing the displays.
On March 20th, the temple will be dedicated.
Regular church meetings in Utah will be replaced by the dedication.
The anticipation is delicious.


JayBingham said...

I am curious what the not taped to the south door says?
You certainly like the name Zamboni don't you.

Julie Markham said...

It was upside down, but my camera could clearly read it. "This lobby will be closed to all access Thursday and Friday." And yes, zamboni is one of my favorite words. I think it came from my affection for Peanuts.

Treble Clef ♪ said...

I just want to say thank you for all your work and time to share this glorious transformation with us. Your photos are stunning and your observations thoughtful. It has been wonderful to follow along throughout the construction. Blessings upon your head for your goodness in this offering!

Julie Markham said...

Thank you for your kind words.

Unknown said...

I have followed your blog almost since day one. I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at the pictures and reading the captions that you have had under each picture. For most of the construction, I was living in North Carolina and so these pictures were a treat for me to see. For the past 20 months, I have been residing in Salt Lake City, where my hubby and I are serving a mission in the Family and Church History Headquarters Mission and are assigned to the Family History Library andI have still followed your blog almost every day.
Thank you sooooooo much for your service and time you've taken to create this wonderful blog. Have you thought about making this into a book? Thanks again for your service.

Julie Markham said...

I've had fun keeping this blog. Now that the temple has been dedicated, I will quietly end this soon. The only books I write are family history biographies. No ladders, no track hoes, and no construction fences.