It was a beautiful spring day when we stopped by the Twin Falls Idaho Temple. We dropped by on a road trip on our way to my brother’s wedding in Utah. As a family we had visited this temple once before, but it has been a landmark we’ve looked for and seen many times on drives to and from Utah on interstate 84.
It was several years ago when we were driving home to Oregon from Utah that I saw this temple for the first time off in the distance. At that point, I didn’t even know there was a temple in Twin Falls- I didn’t really keep track back then. So we were driving through the area, it was dark out, and I looked over and saw its glowing spire. “Is that a temple?!?!”
It is interesting the feelings that the temple can stir up in us, those feelings of home. Even seeing it off in the distance brought a sense of peace.
In reading about the Twin Falls temple, you get this feeling of how important it was for the local members, and how excited they were to have a temple in their midst. Back in 1996 the presidents of 14 stakes in the area wrote a letter to President Hinckley, asking him to consider building a temple in Twin Falls. Eight years later, President Hinckley met with leadership and selected a site. Eight years. I’m an impatient person. After a year my natural tendency would have been to think it just wasn’t going to happen. Can you imagine how these people felt after eight years? Finally getting their temple. They really must have been so grateful. During the open house, the local stakes provided 650 volunteers per day to help. Elder Nielson is quoted in the Church News as saying, “The neatest part of the open house was watching the members come and take ownership of the temple each day. Our biggest problem was that more wanted to come to help than we could handle.” The youth were also excited and involved in the cultural celebration.
It is, of course, a beautiful temple. Its design was inspired by Shoshone Falls, which you can really see in the beautiful stained glass windows. The glass on the front, beneath the spire, is especially breathtaking. And when you think of it representing water, inspired not only by the falls, but by the idea of the Living Water, it becomes even more amazing.
Date Visited: April 27, 2017
Miles From Home: 560
Location: Twin Falls, Idaho
Dedication: August 24, 2008 by Thomas S. Monson
From the Dedicatory Prayer: In a time of departure from safe moorings, may youth of the noble birthright carry on in the traditions of their parents and grandparents. They are subjected to the sophistries of Satan. Help such youth to stand firm for truth. Open wide to their view the gates of learning, of understanding, of service in Thy kingdom. Bless them with a lengthened view of their eternal possibilities.