I read this article with much love, this temple was where the our family history
work was begun. My parents and grandparents were sealed there and their
children to them. I heard that when the energy crisis was really bad the cities
asked all that were using electricity that didn't need to be used needed to
conserve it. The cities asked the Oakland Temple to turn out the lights at
night. After a few days, the cities called them back and told them to turn them
back on, the planes landing at SF and Oakland Airport used the lights as a guide
to land. Would be another great "beacon" story to add if it could be
verified! I loved the story.
One year after the dedication, I was a fulltime missionary in the California
North Mission and worked as a temple ground guide with my New Zealander
companion Elder Eric Newman - once a week. What a way to start your mission on
the temple grounds.
What great memories at the Oakland Temple! My family converted there in July
74', baptized on the grounds. My mother answered the knock on the door of
the missionaries "yes we'll take the lessons", they were floored.
One was from Ogden, the other Detroit, MI (names not allowed here). We had a
spectacular view of the temple, we lived next to Laurel Elem. We thought we
would be attending services in the temple each sunday, only to find out not the
for that purpose. Attended one of the wards on Virginia ave or st?, may of been
4th ward? My wife has a group photo of her grandmother with other temple workers
the same year it opened. I attended the same ward as her grandmother in Oakland
at the same time (do'nt remember her), and would meet her granddaughter 24
years later here in Virginia Beach and marry her. My family departed Oakland
about a year after baptism, and would return a few years later for our sealing.
What an impact the Oakland Temple has had on my life!
Thank you for this article, my Husbands Grandfather served as the Temple
President in the mid 70's and this will be a wonderful piece to add to our
Family History for Future Generations to enjoy.
When is the Oakland Temple Pageant, also know as "And It Came To Pass",
going to return?? The last showing of the Pageant, after some 30+ years
was in 2007.What Happened?? Elder Quentin Cook of the Quorum of the
12 said, at the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco Stake, that the
Pageant Would return. That was several years ago in2009, I believe.
Other Pageants are still going strong as ever. Let's get the Oakland
TemplePageant back and going too!!Thank You and Lord Bless....
The Oakland Temple is truly a beacon on the hill. I fly into the bay area often
and it is so visible and beautiful on that hill. If you ever have the chance to
visit don't miss it!
My son and his wife were married in the Oakland Temple, and my wife and I lived
for 17 years in San Jose, going up and down the freeway, 50 miles from our home,
to visit the temple at least once a month on ward temple night. We both have
fond memories of those times when our children were growing up. Happy Birthday
The YM and YW in my Ward in Eugene, OR would travel to Oakland to do temple
work. Still remember seeing "Johnny Lingo" every year as we waited to
go down to the baptismal font.Also remember the huge landslides just
behind the Temple. There were homes where the fist half of the driveway was 20
feet above the rest of the driveway and the house which had slid down the hill.
Don't believe the Temple was ever impacted.I was also endowed
in the Oakland just before heading to Provo and the MTC.Happy 50th
birthday to "my Temple."
My husband and I both received our endowments at the Oakland Temple. He
received his in 1984 before he left for his mission and then I received mine
prior to our sealing in April of 1987. Our wedding took place during a remodel
of the sealing rooms and both of us have huge families and they all live in the
area. I do not know how we fit so many people in the tiniest sealing room I
have ever been in. It was so small there were wall to wall people and standing
room only. The room was about the size of a classroom. It was a nice cosy
ceremony. The Oakland temple was also the place where our ward did baptisms for
the dead. We had to drive two hours, sometimes chartering a bus or driving a
caravan of vehicles. I have wonderful memories of those times and they were
very special because we didn't get to do them very often. I remember
looking out over the San Francisco Bay at night afterwards. One of my favorite
architectural features of the temple was the beautiful roof garden with its
gorgeous view. I treasure my wedding photos taken up there.