Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Amen


The President's Day weekend storm blew in some visitors from Idaho. Grandma and Grandpa K plus every one's favorite Aunt Heather. Last night, as we were trying to boil up some interesting plans for the holiday (which sadly included an option involving Joe's Crab Shack) I fell asleep. Some time in the middle of the night I had an idea which included visiting Temple Square. The next morning I told everyone about my mid-night urging, and they all were game.
In the afternoon we drove to Salt Lake City, our first stop being Tulie Bakery for the best croissants this side of Paris. A macaroon and a bouchon completed our tastings and we were better people for it.
After lunch we all bundled up and headed across a cold, grayish Temple Square to visit the feature known to The Chief  Jesus in Outer Space.
"Why does Jesus live in outer space?" he asked me as we trek up the winding staircase that leads to the Christus and the surrounding galaxies.
"He made all of this, so He can live wherever he wants," I explain.
"I want to live in outer space," he replies, pronouncing space like its two-syllabled SPA-CEAH.
Whenever we visit Temple Square (not often) we are treated like visiting celebrities. Chup's voice and mug is all over that place, from voice-overs in the South Visitor's Center and his film on families in the North Visitor's Center, to his bit in the Joseph Smith film in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. It's like running into Johnny Depp for the sister missionaries on site.
(Every few minutes he has to stop for photo ops and we--his entourage--wait patiently, sometimes offering to take the picture for the star-struck missionaries.)
After we walked around, humbly showing-off Chup's presentations to his adoring family, Erin started to fuss. When her neck stiffened and her head stoutly searched for the food my chest provides I asked a set of sister missionaries walking by where the closest bathroom was located.
"Do you want to feed her?" they asked me.
"Yes" I had unwisely picked a dress that required immodest removal before breast-feeding.
"Is your husband . . . ?" they noticed.
"Yes, he is." I replied before they could finish.
They took me to a quiet, carpeted room out of the way of tourist traffic.
"You can stay here as long as you want," they told me, carefully shutting the door.
As I sat in that room, oak wooden chairs, rose-colored carpet and textured walls I thought about how much I love my church with it's unique dogma, eternal perspective and focus on family.
It's home to me.
With Erin being so little, I haven't taken her to church much this winter. I've missed the three hours every Sunday, meeting with my neighbors early in the morning. Being on Temple Square today was a little reminder of how much I love being a Mormon.
I needed this visit.

25 comments:

Rose said...

WoW! How can you not visit temple square so often when you live so close! You should attempt to go more. I miss being so close to all the temples in the Salt Lake Valley! I'm a convert to the church...19 years now, and attempted to attend every temple before we moved to North Carolina almost six years ago. We are now in Jersey, and plan to visit Utah again (my hubby's family is from there), and do sessions in all the newer temples that have just been built in the past five years. WE. ARE. EXCITED!!! It'll be so great to take your kids to temple square often, and a testimony builder for you, & your better half to attend as many temples as you can in the valley. I know you'll grow spiritually stronger. I don't know how often you can get a sitter, but seriously...you are so close to so many beautiful temples that are there for us to do the Lord's work! Glad you attempted to go, and that you realized how much you missed it! Some people probably wouldn't realize how much we can take for granted. Not that it's far, but it takes us three hours to get to the D.C. temple, and try to go once a month! So...you are fortunate Jane. Take care!

VictoryBrown said...

I didn't know that Mormon's think that a. Jesus is the creator or b. He lives in space. Learn something new everyday, thanks CJane.

Unknown said...

I also love the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and His church.

In response to Victory Brown, Mormons don't really think Jesus lives in outer space. That was the Chief's interpretation when he saw the statue of Christ surrounded by the paintings on the wall.

CJane, I am glad you were able to take your family to Temple Square and I had no idea Chup was such a celebrity there. Fun. I hope I can make the trip and take my children there someday. They are all teenagers now!

Beth Benson said...

Love the post, photo and all.

Alyson said...

I want to live in outer space, too. If I had one wish...

When I got released from the RS Presidency in our ward (which followed 3 years as YW advisor and 3 years as primary chorister and 2 years as primary teacher) I decided we were going to take one Sunday "off", and we went to Temple Square. (That's the first time we saw all the films and things starring our old mission pal Chup, only we didn't call him that then. Elder Chup does have a ring though.) It was very refreshing and reinforcing for me. Wish I did it more often.

La Carter said...

I love that you love being Mormon. I also love how you provide those of us who aren't Mormon the perspective and insight that we so desperatley need into a religion that is often misunderstood. I also love that you are just as human as the rest of the general population, and sometimes forget to wear an appropriate nursing dress, because honestly, I find it very hard to live up to the Mormon ideal of being prepared for everything. It's just really hard.

The Aviles Six Pack said...

Hahaha I can relate to those starstruck sister missionaries. Sunday night we were watching the RM (we hadn't watched it for like 2 years) and then suddenly I see the tow truck guy and I tell everyone: oh my gosh! That's Chup, that's Chup! They all looked at me like a strange alien and just keep on watching the movie. :S Oh well, I know someone (at least online) that they don't... :D

2busy said...

I'm surprised you weren't the one being asked for photographs. I mean your blog popularity alone... ;)

I love the church, too. There are sometimes that I wake up Sunday morning and think, I just don't want to go. I want to stay home. But, I always push myself and go and I have never once said to myself, "Crap, I wish I hadn't gone to three hours of church today! It is always fulfilling

Lindsey said...

We went to Kirtland this weekend and I felt the same exact way. I love being Mormon and I love learning about our history. I feel super lucky to have moved so close to such rich Church history sites here in Ohio! {although I do miss my dear utah a lot}

Fresh Hell, Texas said...

Three hours on Sunday? If you get a chance, I'd love to learn what you do for those three hours. I know you've mentioned Relief Society; what is that?

(Feel free to answer my questions in all your free time between nursing, mothering, writing, visiting with company, etc.!)

Jill said...

My husband and I just took a one week trip to Hawaii. Leaving my wintry East Coast home, it was February escape to paradise! Beautiful palm trees, beaches, mountains--nature's monuments of God's creation. And the loveliest morning? A visit to the Hawaii Temple and Visitor's Center. And, yes, I saw that movie there about families, and said to myself, "Ha! That's Chup!"

Becca said...

I liked this post a lot. I am not Mormon, not even religious, but I admire that you love your church so much.

lynne said...

Thanks for this. I served on temple square 10 years ago. I am making the journey form Scotland this April for my 10 year reunion. This post made my heart skip a beat with excitement. Glad the sisters were good to you x

Tara : Damon said...
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Tara : Damon said...

love temple square... my niece, sister lake, is a missionary there. maybe you saw her, she'd be hard to miss, strawberry blonde with probably the hugest cheek-hurting smile around- she loves serving there. i wish i was close-by to stop in sometimes...

Kris said...

I have never been to Temple Square, but my daughter served there as one of those sister missionaries. I feel like I know it because I have heard all of her "stories". Thanks for your temple square story!

aubry. said...

tuuuuulie!
next time, try the bacon/green onion scone. you'll fall over, it's so good.

Keltzie! said...

I was in St. George a few weeks ago and as my friends and I sat in to watch the movie on families I scared everyone by yelling, "OH My Gosh it's Chup!!" I may have scared the spirit straight from the room, but I was pretty darn excited.

So you can imagine how I was even more excited to see him again in the Joseph Smith one!!

Chips and Salsa with Beans said...

My husband and I took our 6 year old twins to the Visitors Center at the Oakland Temple last Saturday and we saw the movie on families. I was wondering where I knew that guy from? Turns out I don't really know him at all! Ha! Thanks for clearing things up for me ;)

Kristin said...

So, I was at Costco yesterday and from a distance saw your kids sitting in the cart. Then I looked up again thinking, they look so familiar. Took me a minute to remember how I "knew" them. It made me laugh a little when I realized - I didn't actually know them or you at all!

You look beautiful though.

Kristin

Someone In Mind said...

Uh,so annoyed that I haven't been to church in 4 weeks. I miss it and my spirit needs it. I worry when I miss church that I might kill one of my kids. ;)

We have been so sick here in this house. I so need to find my ensign and get my fix.

Someone In Mind said...

PS. Did you know that I met 'Chup' filming the RM? I played Molly the ex girlfriend. Such a fun time on set.

Rachelle said...

Last summer we flew into salt lake on a trip to good ole idaho. We stopped at temple square first to let our kiddos run around. We walked by the little room showing the movie on families. My husband said we should go in. And I cried through the whole flipping video. It was sweet and just what we needed that day. And it was nice seeing Chup in it. ;)

Sage said...

This is for FreshHellTX: I know you wanted cjane's answer, but until then here's mine: 70 min is Sacrament Meeting. This is the most important meeting where we take the "sacrament" (similar to Catholic communion based on Christ's teaching of the Last Supper. We use bread and water to renew our commitment to follow him. There we listen to "talks" (sermons) given by members of the congregation. And sing hymns.

We also have 50 min Sunday school where each year we learn about a different book of scripture (I.e. Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon). The kids are split up by age group. There's also a class for newer members or interested visitors. All classes are taught by unpaid members.

The other 50 min we split up by men/women for Relief Society or Young Women (or Priesthood and Young men), except kids under 12, they are all together in Primary according to age group. We have lessons and discussions more focused on our needs as women/men.

This may sound long, but my son's active Catholic girlfriend said it felt shorter then her 45 minutes of Mass. She came every week she liked it so much (after altar serving at her church in the morning).

We love visitors (at least most wards do)! No strings attached to stop by. (But we don't have coffee and doughnuts afterwards!)

Sage said...

John 1:1-3 Christ is the Word. All things were created by Him.
Mormons believe in the Bible.

And although we believe He lives in a real space, we don't think of Him as being from outer space. It's just the visitor's center background that the Chief is referring to. (See response below)