James D. My heart goes out to you. You deserve great blessings. As a disabled
veteran I assume you participated in Iraq or Afghanistan which may not have been
necessary. Good things are coming. Keep the faith.
Rhett and Jolene, what a great accomplishment! I read your article and I was
very impressed. I served a mission in 1959, and at that time I always thought
how much fun it would be to visit the then 13 temples in existence. You have
far exceeded that! I have had the blessing and opportunity to serve in the
Provo Temple and then the Bountiful Temple for 18 years. It has greatly blessed
my life! One of the lessons I have learned over time is to go early to the
temple, so that you have time to ponder the music in the chapel and the
paintings hanging in the temple. That has greatly blessed my life. Keep up the
good work! God bless!!
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to travel the world, never mind going to
different temples on a whim! My wife and I struggle to get to the temple, if we
are lucky, once every couple of years. With only two temples in my country,
which are hundreds of miles away, it is extremely hard to attend having to live
on a war pension as a disabled veteran and below the poverty line. I would love
to be able to earn the money and be able to decide to take a trip like this, but
I would not broadcast it all over the world. I agree with the first
comment on this article, that although this would have been a spiritual and
family bonding experience for the Ogdens, I just wonder what help to the needy
could have been given with the money used for this trip, and to then have it
displayed for all to see is going to bring both pats on the back for the family,
but also negative comments.
@Kaydell" I have to wonder how many people could have been
helped if instead of attending 75 temples, that the money had been given to a
homeless shelter to help the poor."I have to wonder how many
people could have been helped if the time you use to criticize others were spent
in service to others. That must be a huge number.
I hate to admit that my initial response was, “Must be nice to have the
money to do that,” quickly followed by, “Must be nice to be healthy
enough to do that.” While both of those still may be true, it sounds more
like they’re mostly just willing to make sacrifices that I, myself, have
never been willing to make. (Of course, living in Utah does make it a lot
easier, but that’s besides the point; I could make the three-hour round
trip to the nearest temple—or the four-hour round trip to my assigned
temple—every month, if I really wanted to.)The bottom line is
that it’s very easy to criticize, but this family has done something
amazing—much more amazing than I—and I honestly pray that their
example can help those who, like I, haven’t done an endowment session in
far too long.God bless you, Ogden family!
I am jealous of the these folks. What a wonderful story.
emagine the joy of the spirits who have been helped on the journey home
I think all or most LDS at some point wishes to visit all the temples in the
world. Of course from wishing something and doing something about it is
different.I am glad for the Ogden family and their experience. I am
grateful they shared with us.
Commendable! I've dreamed of "temple travel," and have even
engaged in a bit of it, as a sometimes participant with the Temple Riders
motorcycle enthusiast organization.I'm confused, however. The
map shows that they visited the Meridian, Idaho Temple in 2013, if I'm
reading it correctly. However, that temple wasn't dedicated until fairly
late last year - 2017. There's probably an explanation.
@Kaydell: " I have to wonder how many people could have been helped if
instead of attending 75 temples, that the money had been given to a homeless
shelter to help the poor."Someone once wondered how many poor
could be fed if expensive oil had been sold rather than used to annoint the
Savior.If we had a story about a family sailing around the world, or
visiting every Disney park and resort worldwide, or spending their summer
vacations visiting every US State, would we have comments condemning those use
of funds because they were not donated to the poor? Why is it that if
someone's choice of travel or vacation includes a religious component,
someone always feels compelled to question whether that someone should have
instead given their money to the poor?We have no idea how
much--money or time--this couple donates to charity. And you've failed to
tell us what wholesome recreation you've given up to help the poor. Yet you
presume to ask judgemental questions about others' choice of wholesome
recreation and worship?I just don't think that is appropriate,
necessary, nor what Jesus taught about righteous judgement.
I feel that going to the temple is going to a place to learn and that being in
the world is a place to do what is learned.Jesus said to feed the
hungry, shelter the homeless etc. I have to wonder how many people could have
been helped if instead of attending 75 temples, that the money had been given to
a homeless shelter to help the poor.
Fun project for them. Now they need to get to work and start going more than
once a month to their local temple. The temple you attend doesn't matter,
it's how often you go.
Thank you, Rhett and Jolene Ogden for sharing your story. Thank you, Mr. Toone
for telling about the experiences in such an interesting and inspiring way.
Thank you DN for including great feature stories along with stories of sad
reality, which have to be included too. This will be a great story to share in a