A Temple Trip


Can you tell they love going to the temple?!!  Every time Harry sees this first picture he gets very excited, jumps, claps, and says, "Harry!  Kaia!  Temple!" 


We like to try to take them at least once every few months.  Last time we came it was too cold to enjoy the beautiful landscaping (it must have been about 45 degrees!), but this time they completely loved it.

  

We think it's important for them to feel the Holy Spirit of God on the grounds of the temple, even if they're too young to go inside.  They also enjoy going inside the Visitor's Center, but I like the pictures outside better. ;) 


  

 
(Kaia was very proud of taking this flower picture!)


 
(finding snails and tossing them back in the garden)


I love this picture!!  As Kaia would say, "We have a great family!"

3 comments:

Nicki June 11, 2012 at 8:29 AM  

The pictures are beautiful!! Forgive me for not knowing this but...why are they too young to go inside??

Jansen Family June 11, 2012 at 10:34 AM  

Thanks, Nicki!! We consider temples the most sacred places on Earth, so to make sure that people are old enough to understand what's going on and to preserve a reverent atmosphere children do not generally go inside until they're 12 years old. There's a few exceptions...like after a temple is built but before it's dedicated there's usually a 2-3 week Open House where anyone is invited to tour the temple. If you're curious, there's a lot more info here: http://mormon.org/faq/purpose-of-temples/.

Also, children (and anyone else) are always welcome at the Sunday worship services held in churches...and both our kids love going to church!

Carolyn July 1, 2012 at 6:44 PM  

What a fantastic Trip. Every shot is so beautiful!