For the past 10 days or so my family was on vacation. We live in Arizona and drove up to Colorado to spend time with family and friends. On our way up to Colorado we drove through Durango to spend time at Mesa Verde National Park. With young kids it was nice to break up the drive and spend some time running around a National Park. We love getting stamps in our National Park Passport almost as much as we love getting stamps in our LDS Temple Passport. From Durango we headed up to Colorado Springs to see my parents.
Eventually, we made our way up to Denver. We used to live up there so we have co-workers and a lot of good friends that we wanted to see. We saw a lot of people while in Denver, but I was insistent that we make time to go to the Denver Temple. My husband and I got married there, and we wanted to show our kids (even though they are only 1 and 2 years old) where we got married.
We had a blast our entire time in Colorado. Our kids did great on the road and being off their schedules. We had a blast on vacation, but we were anxious to get home and to sleep in our own beds. I am sure you can relate. We decided to drive a faster, but less scenic route home and take the interstates. This would hopefully allow us to drive the complete 13 hour plus drive in one day. I know, with kids it is a bit crazy to drive that much, but our beds are comfy and we were motivated.
While we were on the road and just outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico I remembered there was a temple in Albuquerque. I used the LDS Temple Passport app’s Map feature to see how far of off the interstate the temple was. Fortunately, it was approximately 4 miles off of I-25. Therefore, we used the map feature on the app to get directions to the Temple.
We ended up eating lunch on the grassy lawn under the shade of some trees on the the temple grounds. I am pretty sure we couldn’t have found a more perfect place to have lunch. I am also pretty sure we couldn’t have found grass and shade in the rocky desert landscape of Albuquerque.
Besides lunch we of course got a stamp for the Albuquerque, New Mexico Temple in our LDS Temple Passport app. We of course took a few pictures of the temple (okay more than a few b/c all of these are the Albuquerque NM Temple), and we even walked our kiddos around the temple grounds. The hill and stairs found on the temple grounds was the perfect terrain to tire our kiddos out. Therefore, they slept for a couple of hours after we got back in the car. They aren’t big sleepers in the car, but I am pretty sure we were blessed by going to the temple.
I really love the handiness and usefulness of the LDS Temple Passport app. I also love having a tool that allows me to write a little journal tidbit about our visits to the temple. I love the temple, and I love going to the temple and the temple grounds to enjoy the peace it brings. I also love teaching my kids that the Temple is a wonderful place to be.
Going to the temple on vacation is one of my favorite things to do!
Oh and I have to point out a cool feature of the Albuquerque New Mexico Temple. Check out the stars on the steeple. I had no idea they had stars up there, and I know of no other temple that has stars as a design feature on the temple. Do you?
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