'Visible as a beacon': Oakland Temple celebrates 50th year of service

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  • Kelliebelle66 West Jordan, UT
    May 6, 2014 9:54 p.m.

    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.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    May 3, 2014 9:41 p.m.

    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."

  • John Locke Ivins, , UT
    May 3, 2014 11:35 a.m.

    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 Oakland Temple!

  • PacificCreek Puyallup, WA
    May 1, 2014 2:56 p.m.

    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!

  • David P. Livermore, CA
    May 1, 2014 11:16 a.m.

    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 in
    2009, I believe. Other Pageants are still going strong as ever. Let's get the Oakland Temple
    Pageant back and going too!!

    Thank You and Lord Bless....

  • MC Ute Midvale, UT
    May 1, 2014 9:43 a.m.

    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.

  • FT1/SS Virginia Beach, VA
    May 1, 2014 7:39 a.m.

    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!

  • Pertti Felin Espoo, Finland
    May 1, 2014 7:33 a.m.

    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.

  • LittleStream Carson City, NV
    May 1, 2014 6:36 a.m.

    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.