Sunday, May 21, 2017

"House of the Lord" - Paris Temple - Dedicated May 21, 2017
Paris Temple Dedication

Today, 21 May 2017, was the dedication of the Paris Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.   It took place in three sessions (9AM, Noon & 3PM) with the dedicatory prayer offered by President Henry Eyring.   Elder Anderson of the Twelve was also one of the speakers.  

We attended the second of the three sessions in the Reims, France Chapel.   We were surprised to have less than ten in attendance - including four missionaries.  We had planned to attend the third session in the Versailles Chapel as we were to take one of our Branch families, Michel and Paulette Dampt, who had been invited to attend the third session live at the Temple.  Last minute adjustments to plans enabled us to take Rene and Claire Bourt to Reims with us - they would have otherwise not be able to attend the dedication.  There were blessings in the changes.

Brother Lapore, Lyon Stake President, offered the closing prayer at the session we attended.  He was very emotional as he offered gratitude to the Lord for the blessing of the Temple.  It was a nice surprise to see and hear him - he was our Stake President as we were returning home from our mission in Lyon.

What a wonderful blessing it is to have a Temple in Paris.  As of today the Temple is the House of the Lord in France!
Stained Glass - Paris Temple - Celestial Room
Of course, one can't take pictures of the interior of a Temple.  So we borrowed a couple from the French Church site and share them with you here.  While pictures are worth a thousand words, these pictures do not even begin to display the beauty of the Stained Glass found in the Paris Temple.  It is gorgeous and we love the two skylights most of all.  You will have to see them and the rest of the Temple for yourselves to appreciate the beauty found there.
Paris Temple - Baptistry

Stained Glass - Paris Temple - Sealing Room

Friends of the Church

A couple of more pictures of those who attended the Paris Temple Open House with us on 29 April 2017.   We had a total of eleven non-members attend with our Branch.

Below is a picture of Brother Lionel Gilquin with his cousin Dennis (non-member).
Lionel Gilquin & cousin Dennis (non-member) - Paris Temple Open House - April 29, 2017
Below is a picture of Adeleine Bouillon (Dampt), who came from Chambery to be with her parents at the Temple Open House, with her cousin (non-member).  The Dampts had found little to share regarding the Church that seemed to interest their relatives; however, several of them were excited to visit the Temple during the Open House.  After their visits, they expressed the positive feelings they had experienced while in the Temple and are now much more inclined to seek to understand the LDS faith of the Damps.

Adelein Bouillon & Cousin (non-member) - Paris Temple Open House - April 29, 2017
Faithful Members (X)

A couple of months ago Florine Biver, one of our faithful Branch members, left for the United States to marry a man she briefly knew while serving her mission in Louisiana.  They were married the 17 of May, 2017 in the Oakland, California Temple.  Philip and Florine Patten will return to Louisiana to live.  We miss Florine but know she will accomplish great things where she is.  We wish them the best of everything.
Philip Patten & Florine Biver - Oakland, Ca Temple Marriage - May 17, 2017
Coq of the Week

We just had to share this very unusual coq - no big tail feathers.  Looks like he used what he had around his neck as a scarf.  Perhaps he is a true frenchman?!  Never too warm for a scarf in France.  He sits atop the Church Saint Remi in Charbogne, France.  True and constant like the coq; that is our goal.
Coq Girouette - Eglise Saint Remi - Charbogne, France

1 comment:

  1. Loved the scarf comment! Also the additional photos of the temple.

    Raeburn Kennard