Videographer explains drone flight over D.C. Temple, expresses newfound appreciation for LDS Church

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  • alohabetty Waipahu, HI
    Aug. 9, 2014 11:26 p.m.

    I just want to say thank you. I found your video very moving. I encourage you to film as many other temples as you can. The LA Temple was the first temple I went to and found it very beautiful. Again - Thank you

  • Ldslady Holladay, UT
    July 17, 2014 4:04 p.m.

    This is absolutely beautiful. I've been to that temple, and flown over it as well. I've never seen a temple from so many angles. Very wonderful!

  • David Lloyd-Jones Toronto, 00
    July 15, 2014 7:41 a.m.

    I've seen this wonderful video on YouTube, visited Temple Square, and toured the Tokyo Temple before it opened.

    This all leaves me with an impression -- that a thousand years from now there may be two American contributions to architecture remembered: the skyscraper, child of American technological innovation, and the LDS Temple, tribute to American religious.


  • brendaprange Fort Wayne, IN
    July 14, 2014 5:56 a.m.

    Thank you Mr. Collins for a beautiful video. I too have visited this beautiful Temple...but experiencing it through your video is wonderful. If you have the opportunity to use the drone for the SLC Temple I would recommend using a special Hymn we sing (#5 in our Hymn Book) "HIGH on the MOUNTAIN TOP" as the background music-sung by the Mormon Tabernacle beautiful!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 13, 2014 11:03 p.m.

    It's all about the buildings.

  • Michigander Westland, MI
    July 12, 2014 2:57 p.m.


    Isaiah 66:

    [1] Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
    [2] For all those things hath mine hand made, and those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

    "this man" was and is William Bickerton, and "the house" was and is The Church of Jesus Christ (WHQ: Monongahela, Pennsylvania).

  • Michigander Westland, MI
    July 12, 2014 1:22 p.m.

    Shouldn't we reject all the teachings that contradict the KJV Bible and the Book of Mormon and seek out the word of God?

    The Apostle Paul went into the temple so that he could stir up all the Jews to repentance and faith, to show them that the days of Jewish temple ordinances were over forever. But they continued to harden their hearts. Acts 21:27-28; 24:17-19.

    When Jesus ascended to the Father at his death on the cross, the veil in the temple was torn completely in half from top to bottom signifying the ending of temple ordinances forever, whether they be Jewish ordinances under the law of Moses or LDS false ordinances taught by Joseph Smith.

  • ChipW American Fork, UT
    July 12, 2014 10:34 a.m.

    To Michigander: Solomon said the same thing about temples: "But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?" (1 Kings 8: 27) Of course, he said this while in the act of dedicating a temple of God, so there must be something more to this doctrine than an outright rejection of temples built with hands.

    Fortunately, Solomon gives a us glimpse of that something, as his prayer continues: "That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there." (1 Kings 8:29)

    The Lord himself confirmed Solomon's request a few verses later: "And the Lord said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually." (1 Kings 9:3)

    This is *exactly* how the Latter-day Saints view temples today.

  • eyes sandy, UT
    July 11, 2014 7:06 p.m.

    Beautiful work. Please do come to Utah and film the outside of our temples. While you are here, come visit the inside as well! The inside is even more beautiful than the outside. The beautiful Ogden Temple is newly rebuilt and is having an open house in August. The public is welcome.

  • photographer801 Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 11, 2014 5:11 p.m.

    Thank you so much for the beautiful footage of the temple where my family and I were sealed for time and all eternity in 1977 when we had 5 children 13 and under. As you have noted the temple is not only a beautiful edifice but it does feel "special". We of the LDS church honor and respect and revere them. There is nothing "secret" that goes on inside but rather it is "sacred"! How I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

  • taatmk West Jordan, UT
    July 11, 2014 12:57 p.m.

    Beautiful video. Its interesting to me, that a person who is not LDS, but has respect and not biased animosity, can find the same beauty and connect to God that we Mormons can, when we are close to the temple....
    Perhaps feeling a connection with God has a lot to do with who we are.

  • RedShirtMIT Cambridge, MA
    July 11, 2014 11:41 a.m.

    To "Michigander" you missed the part in John 7:14 that states "14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught." If Jesus teaches in the temple, shouldn't we have temples to receive his teachings? Not to mention that Paul the Apostle went to the temple to comply with religious ordinances and brought with him Greek converts.

    Shouldn't we seek out God's temple to seek his guidance and to worship him there? That is what Jesus and Paul did, are we better than they were?

  • Michigander Westland, MI
    July 11, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    The Spirit of the Most High God dwelleth in the hearts and minds (aka, temples) of those who have been baptized and then had hands laid on them for the reception of the Holy Ghost only by those having the priesthood authority in The Church of Jesus Christ (WHQ: Monongahela, Pennsylvania).

  • Michigander Westland, MI
    July 11, 2014 11:20 a.m.

    "The Most High God dwelleth not in temples made with hands." (Acts 7:48; Acts 17:24).

  • AerilusMaximus Berryville, VA
    July 11, 2014 10:31 a.m.

    @ keyboarder

    Those are some valid concerns. i encourage you to write to the author of the article and have them provide more information with regards to the specific drone that was used in the filming.

    The drone market has expanded immensely in recent years. No only for military but consumer market as well you Can pick up a pretty sophistcated drone for under 1000 usd. They aren't Like planes. Most of them are using multiple props.

  • Photo Pal Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2014 9:43 a.m.

    It's not the first and not the last. Over the past year, I've seen many drone photos of several temples. Salt Lake, Oquirrh Mountain, Brigham City and the newly remodeled Ogden Temple to name a few. They definitely give a new view of each of the temples.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    July 11, 2014 9:35 a.m.

    What a bold move to give approval to such a project.
    I wonder if Salt Lake approved.
    In any case, what a beautiful result.

  • Abinadis friend Boise, Idaho
    July 11, 2014 9:03 a.m.

    It was over 20 years ago when I got to enter the DC Temple. What a wonderful privilege to enter the Beautiful Temples of the Lord. I am so grateful to have that opportunity. The work that is done within the walls of these Temples will be remembered for eternity.

  • Southernmiss kaysville, UT
    July 11, 2014 8:57 a.m.

    Amazing video! Thanks so much for doing this! I loved being able to see the temple from all the angles! This was "my temple" when it was being built. We drove from Mississippi to be able to go when we were youth. We went once a year. We had very dedicated youth leaders! Such a beautiful temple!

  • keyboarder College Station, TX
    July 11, 2014 8:23 a.m.

    The views of the temple are amazing and wonderful new drone technology has made it possible, but after watching the video, I was glad to read that Mr. Collins had at least contacted someone at the temple and obtained permission. My intention isn't to ruin the beauty and intent of the video, but it makes me wonder what happens if something goes wrong in flying around the spires, the Moroni statue, etc. Mr. Colllins admitted himself that he isn't a professional and only had a two-week learning curve on the drone. There is already controversy about drones in National Parks and other places. Security issues are certainly a concern. Besides permission from the Church representatives, what about permission from the FAA or other government organizations? It is so near the capital and a freeway system, it makes me wonder what other concerns that might raise. I fear too many amateurs are going to try this sort of thing now at various other temples. I wonder how long before some drone malfunctions, runs out of power, gets too close to a building, nicks Moroni's gold leaf, etc.

  • Laurels Sandy, UT
    July 11, 2014 6:40 a.m.

    We lived in Ohio when Ohio was part of the Washington D.C. Temple District, and made many trips to attend this beautiful temple. Thank you Mr. Collins for providing another view of a temple that is near and dear to our hearts. The footage of the Angel Moroni is particularly spectacular!