Could there be a more beautiful day than this? The day we visited the Boise Idaho Temple was one of those perfect spring days. You know the kind- with the sweet smell of the blossoms, a slight breeze in the warming air, and the sound of the bees buzzing. I admit, though, that we didn’t enjoy it as much as we could have because it was right in the middle of our thirteen hour drive from Orem Utah to Portland. But it was still oh so refreshing.
We visited this temple on a Sunday, so we just walked the grounds – which were bursting with so many beautiful flowers. Boise is another one of those landmark temples that we look for on our many drives. It usually marks the half-way point on our trip, and on the lucky drives means it’s time to stop for the night.
It is certainly a unique temple- not my favorite design, if I’m being honest. Nonetheless it is beautiful in it’s own way. I love to see how the designs have changed through the years. Boise has the detached six spire design, and is the same as both the Chicago and Dallas temples. They made several of these in the 80’s, specifically overseas, in an effort to bring more temples to more countries where they were not able to before. My home temple- Portland – is also similar, though the spires are not detached.
Anyway- I sometimes think temples are a little like all of us. We all look different, and we all have our similarities. Sometimes the structure is the same, but the clothes (or grounds) are different. There is beauty in the differences.
Interesting fact- the Boise temple has been dedicated three times. First when it was built, and then three years later after a renovation to expand its capacity. The third time was in 2012 after a 15 month renovation that updated almost everything inside and outside of the temple.
Date Visited: April 30, 2017
Miles From Home: 434
Location: Boise, Idaho
Dedication: 25–30 May 25-30, 1984 by Gordon B. Hinckley; May 29, 1987 by James E. Faust; November 18, 2012 by Thomas S. Monson
From the Dedicatory Prayer (2012): Father, we seek to be like Thee. We seek to pattern our lives after the life of Thy Son. We desire righteousness for ourselves and our children and our children’s children. We plead with Thee to make us worthy to inherit the fullness of those blessings found only in Thy holy temples—even those blessings which grow out of a continuation of the family unit forever…. Our Father, strengthen the youth who walk in a world saturated with the sophistries of Satan. Give them the courage to stand firm for truth. Bless them with a lengthened view of their eternal possibilities.