This was a fun little day trip, which was magnified by the fact that we got to do baptisms with our boys. There is truly nothing better than being in the temple with your children!
The Seattle temple is an interesting design- designed in the late 70’s and dedicated in 1980. It definitely has that late 70’s feel. The windows in the front entrance have sort of an art deco feel to them which was pretty cool. The stone panels that make up the exterior of the temple have big wheat symbols- which we see in a lot of temples. I think having to do with Christ being the bread of life, or maybe the field is white…. hmmm.. I may need to do a blog post about symbols on temple buildings.
We visited on a very rainy day in the dead of winter, so the grounds were not as lush as they are in the summertime, but they were still really beautiful. It is surrounded by evergreens and just feels so peaceful. There are three statues around the grounds that I absolutely loved. One of a young couple obviously in love; the next of a mother, father and their young child; and the last one was a mother and her children. For some reason I didn’t put it together while I was there, but as I was looking at the photos I recognized that these are eternal relationships- or they can be eternal because of the temple.
Here’s an interesting fact. The Angel Moroni on top of the Seattle Temple does not face east. In fact, it faces due west. This is just due to the orientation of the temple on the property. If he was facing east, he would be facing backward on the temple. There are 9 or so other temples that have west facing Moronis. Another interesting bit about this Angel Moroni: he is one of only 5 angels that are holding the gold plates.
Date Visited: February 5, 2017
Miles From Home: 182
Location: Bellevue, Washington
Dedication: November 17-21, 1980 by Spencer W. Kimball
From the Dedicatory Prayer: Father, we are concerned with the condition of the world of today and that nations seem to need only the striking of a spark to bring war and desolation and destruction. Bless, we pray Thee, the leaders of nations, that they may rule wisely and righteously, and give Thy people everywhere freedom to worship Thee. Stay the powers, our Father, that would bring us to the brink of annihilation.
But insomuch as nations repent and follow Thee, be gracious, our Father, and let Thy destroying angel pass by, and let Thy people be forgiven. Be merciful, O Lord, with Thy repentant ones when they have suffered and transformed their lives.