Emily W. Jensen: Bloggernacle Back Bench: Temple construction updates

Published: Tuesday, June 28 2011 4:00 a.m. MDT

I get such a thrill keeping track of the many temples that are in construction (12 under construction, 14 announced, two undergoing renovation), and I love that there are bloggers who spend the time tracking temple construction and post status updates online for all of us to enjoy.

For instance in…

Brigham City, Utah: It was just announced that Angel Moroni will be placed on the Brigham City Utah Temple on July 12 at noon. This Brigham City Temple construction-watch blogger has also been posting week-by-week updates, and you can scroll through the past 48 weeks of construction. Wow!

And in…

Calgary, Canada: Whoa, you can totally see much of the Calgary Alberta Temple’s to-be shape as formed by those steel beams. To me, it already looks beautiful, totally a work of art! Check it out!

And in…

Gilbert, Ariz.: You can see some recent “Aerial photos” of the Gilbert Arizona Temple construction site. There is something so amazing about viewing that imprint of the temple in the Arizona landscape.

And in…

Rome, Italy: Check out these “Photographs of the Rome Temple Site” and surrounding area. I am excited to see the temple take shape.

And in…

Kansas City: This blogger shows an “Angel Moroni” view of the flora surrounding the Kansas City Temple and takes readers on a hard-hat tour of the neighboring new stake center, which is a new prototype for green building that includes an “an outdoor reception atrium in the center of the building.” Awesome!

And in…

Phoenix: This official church site dedicated solely to the Phoenix Arizona Temple describes the recent groundbreaking as well as neighborhood plans and construction updates. Check it out!

And all over the world…

Finally, Rick Satterfield’s LDSchurchtemples.com is one of the first sites that comes up in search results, and he does a great job keeping unofficial track of all temple news from around the world (for the official temple site, see the Techie Tip below).

Now let’s check out other magnificent posts from this last week in the Bloggernacle:

Power pick: CNN blog turns to Richard Bushman for an interview about "The Book of Mormon Musical,' which he explains “is like looking into a fun-house mirror; the reflection is hilarious but not really you.” I loved all his thoughtful answers but thought his answer about the “just believe” lyric was incredible.

Bushman says this about his experience gaining a testimony of the Book of Mormon while on a mission: “I studied everything and prayed hard for some kind of light. In time I arrived at a rational explanation that allowed for a miracle in the book’s production, but along the way I experienced something more important than the book itself. I caught a glimpse of a higher form of human flourishing, something forceful and ennobling which I can only call sacred. It was this encounter with a kind of elevated goodness in the book that won me over. For me 'just believing' meant turning the light on, not turning it off.” Beautifully stated.

Techie tip: I’d be remiss not to point out the official church temple site, Temples.LDS.org, where you can see all sorts of information about temples, including where to find temples, frequently asked questions, schedules, updates, announcements and much more. One of my favorite features is the temple photo gallery with gorgeous photos that you can share and download. Absolutely lovely.

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Emily W. Jensen updates “Today in the Bloggernacle” on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, presenting the best of what we've seen from the world of LDS-oriented blog sites. Her extended “Bloggernacle Back Bench” appears on MormonTimes.com on Tuesdays.

Email: ejensen@desnews.com

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