Okay, I am not going to say ANYTHING about the track except it is STILL locked. End of topic.
But, my heartstrings were tugged at yesterday while driving down Washington Boulevard. Blocks before I reached 22nd Street, I could see the giant crane looming over the temple block and tears sprung to my eyes. As I drew nearer, I could see the hollowed out shells of two beloved buildings above the 8-foot-high fence encompassing the entire grounds. There was also an enormous mound of dirt towering over the height of the fence lending to the feeling of wreckage and destruction.
|Photo from six weeks ago before the crane was set up and|
the enormous pile of dirt appeared.
I miss the Ogden Temple. I miss our Tabernacle. We have attended Stake Conference in our ward building twice now. Watching a transmission on a little screen is less than satisfying and I detest sitting on the hard, folding metal chairs in the cultural hall. I miss those lovely, padded theater-type seats in the tabernacle.
As much as I miss the tabernacle, I miss the temple a thousand times more. How I long for the 15-minute drive and close & convenient parking. Since the Ogden Temple closed, we have attended the Provo, Bountiful and Logan Temples and have appreciated those opportunities, but I have to admit to feeling a little out of place and disassociated compared the feeling of belonging I had always experienced in Ogden.
It has only been six months since the Ogden buildings were closed; demolition isn't even concluded yet. With two and half more years of feeling sad over the closures of these dearly loved buildings still to come, I realize what a joy it will be to have the new structures completed. I guarantee I will never take them for granted again.
|Artist rendition of how the new Ogden Temple will look.|
Even as a child, I didn't tolerate alterations to routines without a fuss. I know things change, but it doesn't mean that I handle it well. I apologize for all my whining lately. I will try get through this bravely; anticipating the new beautiful temple and tabernacle…
although, I think it would be helpful if someone would just unlock the gate to the track!