This weekend we had a quick trip to Draper for the Temple open house. I mean QUICK!!
It's our goal to take the children to as many temple open houses as we can and when we realized that this was the last weekend for this particular open house... well... we panicked. We got online to get some (free) tickets and --of course-- there were none available. We knew that when our own Florinian temple had the open house, tickets weren't really needed and they let everyone who showed up take a tour. However, when we went to the open house three hours west, we were asked for tickets.
We had a 50/50 chance that we'd be able to get in. We decided it was worth the risk.
We packed quickly and headed south.
Our plan (if you can call it a plan) was to spend a couple hours with family in Orem and head for Draper during the "dinner hour." Our thinking was that most families would be at home eating between the hours of 5 and 6:30 pm so we would have a better chance of getting through the doors.
We got there between 4:30 and 5:00 and parked at the first church we could find. We were ushered into the cultural hall that was PACKED to capacity. No one asked to see a piece of paper or a ticket or anything. So we felt blessed in that area.
After waiting about an hour we were finally able to start the tour. It was different, but nice. Different because we didn't wear little white "booties." Different because it was a "non-speaking" tour, which meant we just walked through with the (huge) crowd. But the temple was beautiful and a nice place to be with my family.
And I got our family picture for March.
Inigo shows us his yoga pose while we wait for the tour.
Buttercup was more cerebral: She played with Max's Ipod Touch while we waited.
Buses took us from the church to the Temple.
It was a spontaneous overnight trip, but it was well worth it.