The Sacramento California Temple

Angel Moroni - In the Trees landscapeThe Sacramento Temple was our 28th temple. At the time of this writing, there are 201 temples either operating, under construction, or announced. So we’ve visited about 14%. We have a long way to go, and the list is just going to get longer (which is awesome!).

Sacramento Temple Front NarrowSo why all the nerdy numbers?

If you’ve read my other temple posts, you know that I am prone to rave about the beauty of each temple and to carry on about the grounds. Sometimes maybe it gets redundant, but it’s all true, so what else can I say?

Anyway, the Sacramento California temple grounds take the cake. My favorite so far. And I think it will take a lot to surpass them. They are truly incredible. Immediately around the temple are gorgeous flowers and trees and kind of the usual stuff, but beyond that, it is set in on acres and acres of park land, full of oak trees.

Sacramento Temple Grounds (2)

It also sits atop a hill, where at the bottom you are greeted with stunning landscaping, both natural and planned.

Sacramento Temple Grounds EntranceI love that anyone can go and enjoy the beauty – member of the church or not.

Sacramento Temple East Side ViewWhile we were there, on a busy day, there were many patrons going in and out of the temple, and many more people picnicking in the park around it.

Angel Moroni atop Sacramento TempleAnd one more thing… Turkeys!

The Sacramento Temple has wild turkeys on its grounds!

Sacramento Temple SidebarDate Visited: March 30, 2018

Miles From Home: 595

Location: Rancho Cordova, California

Dedication:  September 3, 2006 by Gordon B. Hinckley

From the Dedicatory Prayer: We pray for this nation of which we are citizens, that the liberties and freedoms of the people may be preserved, that righteousness may reign, and peace may prevail. Take from our hearts all bitterness and hatred, and end the conflicts which rage in many quarters.

The Fresno California Temple

Angel Moroni - Fresno TempleWe stopped by the Fresno Temple on our Spring Break trip to California. It was unexpectedly closed because they were tarring the parking lot, so we just walked around outside of the gates, tiptoeing around the fresh tar.

Fresno Temple EntranceIn spite of the parking lot situation, it was a lovely visit. The Fresno Temple sits in a quiet neighborhood next to a park. It’s one of the small temples, virtually identical to the Spokane and Medford temples that we have been to. So small, that I think it is smaller than the church building that it shares a parking lot with.Fresno Temple Gate

As with all temples, the grounds were lush and beautiful, with some fresh spring blossoms popping up on the trees. Fresno Temple Grounds

It was dedicated in 2000, which was kind of a big year for temple building. President Hinckley had recently (in 1997) announced the smaller temple concept, and temples were popping up all over the place.

Blossoms at the Fresno TempleThere were 31 temples dedicated that year, with Fresno being the 10th. Amazing to think about!Fresno Temple Spire - Soft White

Date Visited: March 29, 2018

Miles From Home: 737

Location: Fresno, California

Dedication:  April 9, 2000 by Gordon B. Hinckley

From the Dedicatory Prayer:  We thank Thee for this nation of which we are a part. We are grateful for the Constitution under which it functions. May the precious liberties guaranteed thereunder ever assure freedom of worship to Thy people. To Thee be the honor and the praise and the glory now and forever more, and to Thy Son, our Redeemer, likewise praise and honor and glory. Smile with favor upon us and let Thy blessings attend us as we look to Thee in faith and appreciation…

The Oakland California Temple

Oakland TempleThe Oakland Temple is as beautiful as it looks in photos. Moreso, even. I had long dreamed of visiting this unique temple- ever since I saw pictures of it when I was a kid. It did not disappoint. (As if a temple ever could!) In fact, it was breathtaking when we drove around the corner and I saw those spires. Even while under an extensive renovation, it’s beauty surpasses expectation. I really look forward to visiting it again when the renovation is complete.. a year or so from now.

Oakland - OilWe stopped by the grounds on our drive from Portland to Monterey, giving us some much needed time out of our van. Though the temple is closed, the grounds and the Visitor’s Center are still open, so we got to explore a little.

Oakland Temple Visitors Center ChristusThere are only a handful of temple visitor’s centers around the world – I think maybe 11 or 12. We’ve got one here in Portland, and we’ve been to the visitor’s centers at the Idaho Falls Temple and in Salt Lake City. Each is unique but brings the same feeling and serves the same purpose. But the visitor’s center at the Oakland Temple is my favorite so far.

It has this amazing view of the bay and San Francisco, which can be seen through a giant, full-wall window inside, as well as from other areas outside. There was a room where we watched stories about missionaries, where the front wall was covered with missionary tags from all over the world.

TulipIn the areas not blocked off for construction, the grounds of the temple were full of flowers and palm trees. I am still amazed each time I experience it at the spirit and peace that can be felt just by walking the temple grounds. Even here, where it was closed and had many areas fenced off, the spirit of peace was felt. How cool is it that anybody can go and feel that! You don’t have to be inside to know it’s a special place.Oakland Temple Spires with Palm Tree

Date Visited: March 25, 2018

Miles From Home: 627

Location: Oakland, California

Dedication:  November 17, 1964 by David O. McKay

From the Dedicatory Prayer: We are grateful for this land of America, “choice above all other lands.” The freedom vouchsafed by the Constitution of the United States which guarantees to every man the right to worship Thee in accordance with the dictates of his own conscience, made possible the establishment of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. O Father, may the American people not forget Thee! Help us to see the greatness of this country. We express gratitude for the right of the people to resort to the ballot, and for freedom to meet in legislative halls to settle problems and disputes without fear or coercion of dictators, secret police, or slave camps. Help people everywhere to sense more clearly that government exists for the protection of the individual—not the individual for the government.