Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Rexburg Temple Presidency

I had the great opportunity to take photos of the Rexburg Temple Presidency. This temple has special meaning for me because it was where my wife and I were married. This is a temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all over the world.

There are 134 operating temples, 12 under construction, and 14 that have been announced. Most of the temple has been built in the last 50 years.  Here is a video showing many of them all around the world:

A temple is a sacred place and  a person has to live their life in a way to be worthy of entering. Though that is the case the temples are open to the public right after construction is complete, but before their dedication, so everyone might be able to see what a temple looks like from the inside. These open houses are great opportunities for anyone to learn more about temples. The open house for the San Salvador El Salvador Temple will end Saturday and there are upcoming open houses for the Brigham City Utah TempleCalgary Alberta Temple, Cordoba Argentina TempleFort Lauderdale Florida TempleKansas City Missouri Temple, Manaus Brazil TemplePhoenix Arizona TempleQuetzaltenango Guatemala TempleRome Italy Temple, and theTegucigalpa Honduras Temple.

If you have any questions about temples or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visit and you can see if there is a temple near you at

Friday, July 8, 2011

Hanna, Utah - July 2, 2011

 There is nothing like a bit little fireworks to celebrate freedom and independence. This last weekend I was able to do just that. I was out with family in Hanna, Utah and while the pyrotechnic festivities were going I decided to take some photos (in part because I was having flame-making difficulties which tends to be a problem in this sort of thing).  But I was able to get a few beautiful shots.  After the little show I took some photos for a night sky panorama. You can see the Milk Way in it, it looks like a bit of clouds.

Ground to air firework - timed exposure on tripod

 Panorama of the night sky - also timed exposure on tripod

Watching Fireworks -  timed exposure on tripod

Watching Fireworks 2-  timed exposure on tripod

Lighting Off Fireworks -  timed exposure on tripod