The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Friday, August 12, 2016

5 States

We left this morning early to go to the Philadelphia Temple open house.  The temple is spectacular.  The Celestial room is breath taking. The motif is very similar to Independence Hall.  When you walk in there is a picture of Independence Hall with the signers in session.  The detail is so beautiful.  When we walked out two couples that were a head of us stopped us just outside the door and asked if they could ask us some questions.  Why do we have such a beautiful temple and only members can see it?  Why are there no crosses?  Why do we worship Joseph Smith who had such a checkered past?  How does the Church pay for a temple like that?  Does the church have you take in your income tax papers so they know you payed your 10%?  Why do we believe in the Book of Mormon when Revelation says don't add anything? Why does the angel face East? So we had a long discussion but I guess we looked safe.  Chuck Martz who went to high school with Elder Anthony came with us.  We got three extra tickets and tried to get our neighbors to go.  We invited 6 people but they couldn't make it.  Chuck invited a couple of non-members and they couldn't go either.

To get there and back we ended up going through 5 states Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and DC which isn't a state but still it is interesting how close these states are to each other.  It took us a little less than 3 hours to get there and over 4 hours to get home.  The traffic was horrible probably because it was a Friday night.

Philadelphia Temple

There is another church across the street.

We had a down pour of rain on the way home.

On our way home we passed our beloved DC Temple.  

While we were waiting in a traffic jams we saw a McLaren.  I looked up this car and that little guy sales for 239,000. 

The nice thing about being in a traffic jam you can appreciate the green all around in this area.  There is ivy type vines that grow every where on cement walls  and all over the trees.  

George Washington Parkway is one of the prettiest roads I  have ever seen.  Trees are every where.  


  1. That sounds like a pretty intensive list of questions from sincere investigators. Hope you were able to pass their names along to the missionaries.

  2. You were the perfect individuals to answer those questions.

  3. Gorgeous! So glad you got to see it.

  4. Gorgeous temple! I hope that guy understands things better now.