We are lucky enough to live a half day’s drive from the Meridian Idaho Temple and were able to attend the open house last October. I had been anticipating the open house for a couple of years, excited to take my boys.
We zipped over Friday night and got up for the 11:00 tour on Saturday. I am so impressed with how organized these events are. We’ve also been to the Provo City Center Temple and the new MTC open houses, and they are all run so well. I so appreciate all of those who volunteered their time to make this happen.
The Meridian temple is amazing. And even better than enjoying its beauty was walking through with my children.
The exterior of the temple reminds me a little bit of the Cardston temple– a little more squatty on top. Inside, the beautiful dark woodwork and murals are incredible. Every detail is divine.
But, the temple grounds are what stood out to me the most on this visit. Even with thousands of other people visiting the open house, I could still appreciate the incredible landscaping. One of my favorite for sure! The expansive ponds, the vast green lawn, an old tree that must be original to the sight. All of it stunning. I don’t have a lot of photos because of the crowds, but trust me, these grounds are like no other.
I look forward to returning now that the temple is dedicated. How blessed we are to have so many temples in our midst!
Date Visited: October 28, 2017
Miles From Home: 424
Location: Meridian, Idaho
Dedication: November 19, 2017 by Dieter F. Uchtdorf
From the Dedicatory Prayer: Dearest Father, forgive us our many shortcomings. Strengthen our faith and fortify us against weakness. Give us power to resist the deceits of the adversary. May love for Thee and Thy Son grow in our hearts, and may it be expressed in our kindness and love to one another as Thy covenant sons and daughters.