Sunday, April 26, 2015

Portland Temple and Grounds

In the words of an anti-mormon trying to sander the temple: "It looks like something out of Lord of the Rings."  

Ehem, this is one of the reasons why the Portland temple is my favorite.

This is the picture from the church website that everyone see:

Here are a few candid ones I took this weekend.

This is the parking lot. 
The temple is completely cocooned in beautiful forest.

Of course, on a Saturday you always see people in love

More people in love: 

Back in that little grove is the visitor center.

One of the coolest things about this temple is the indoor garden.
Most temples have a waiting area before the recommend desk where guest can wait or study.

Portland has a regular sitting area, but they also have an exotic indoor garden. The ceiling is glass and you can look up and see the Angel Moroni on the spire.

I couldn't take pictures on the inside, but the walls and floor are all the same white marble.
Everything is trimmed in contrasting dark wood

All the colors throughout the temple are warm toned.

The two-story Celestial Room of the Portland Oregon Temple features three chandeliers, long wall tapestries, and a grand staircase.The celestial room is white and gold.

On the top floor of the Portland Oregon Temple are a collection of sealing rooms with white marble altars and a large assembly hall.

In 1994, the Portland Oregon Temple was awarded first place by the Royal Rosarians of Portland, Oregon, in the category of commercial rose plantings. Portland is known as the "City of Roses."*

I got to peek into the bride's room. It reminds me a lot of one of the rooms in Highclere Castle. 

To read more about the Portland Temple see these links:

Why Mormons build temples:

*All info in Gray is from the church website.

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