I've never been inside this temple, but I have a fond memory of it. My
grandparents lived in Weber County and it was my grandfather who drove me to the
MTC back in the spring of 1981. He pointed out the Jordan River Temple to me as
we neared the Point of the Mountain and told me how large it was - it was
nearing completion and it's dedication at that time. Because I was en
route to the MTC, seeing the newest temple made a connection for me. One day I
hope to do a session there.
I had just joined the Mormon Youth Chorus and one of the first functions I sang
at was the grounbreaking ceremony of the Jordan River Temple. It was an exciting
day. We had a police escort for our busses to the temple site and there were
bleachers set up for us on the south side of the lot looking north. The thing I remember most was sitting high in the bleachers and looking toward
the downtown area of Salt Lake. I could see the spires of the Salt Lake Temple
from the temple site of the Jordan River Temple. I recall thinking that at that
time thia would be the only place on the earth where one could see 2 temples at
the same time. I also remembered the prophecy that stated the world would be
dotted with temples.
If I am not mistaken, now I believe it is possible to see four temples at once
from some vantages in the SL valley. The Jordan River temple is a special place
to me as that is where I was married in 1985. It seemed that lots of couples
were choosing the Salt Lake temple, maybe for the sake of tradition. But we
lived in the Jordan River temple district and decided that was where we would
go. It is also where we took our oldest son for his endownment before departing
for his mission. It is where I often went when mulling over important decisions,
both before and after I had been endowed. It is a beautiful and peaceful place.
The Jordan River temple is special for me because I had turned 8 the year before
and was able to go to the groundbreaking as well as one of the dedication
sessions. My grandmother, who we were living with at the time, made two of the
alter cloths by hand. It took her several months to do each one. She started
after the groundbreaking and finished them in time for the dedication. She
crocheted them using a very small thread. They were intricately detailed and a
true testament of her faith and willingness to sacrifice for the Lord.
My sister and I were sealed to our parents in the Jordan River Temple in
September of 1982. It will always be remembered with fondness because of that.
I can't wait until the Millennium when entire communities will be of the
same spirit. Wish I could go in and never come out again.
I have fond memories of the Jordan River temple because it was the first
dedicatory session I participated in and it's where I received my own