Sunday, April 25, 2010

San Diego Temple Repairs

As most of you know I volunteer at our temple every Thursday evening. For years the temple has had leaks during heavy rainstorms. I'd say it has a leaky roof but as you can see from the pictures there really isn't a roof, just sloping walls. This year we had much heavier rains than normal and the leaks were so bad that we literally had water running down the walls and the carpet was soggy. It was sad to see buckets catching drips in our beautiful temple. It was bad enough that the church decided it was time to take care of the problem.

That is why one day when I showed up for "work" there was scaffolding going up. It felt like our beautiful temple was hurt and being cared for. Interestingly, now that they are up on the steeples and can look at the cracks in the plaster up close they are finding that some of these cracks are as big as an inch wide. Because the walls are so steep that isn't normally a problem because the rain just falls straight down but with a wind like we've had this year the rain just blows right into the cracks.

Sadly for anyone getting married this year, the scaffolding will be up all summer long. Since they're up there doing all this repair work they will also clean it while they're at it. That means by the end of summer we will have a sparkling new temple. It will be good to have it back to it's old self.

The inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell used to favor saying "Ahoy, ahoy" when he answered the phone. It was Thomas Edison who thought it would be more appropriate to say "hello".


Lisa said...

It's been interesting to hear what our neighbours and friends have been saying about. There was even a large picture and article in our local newspaper. It has definitely piqued everyone's interest :) It would be sad if you were getting married but I wouldn't let it stop me if that was my temple and I loved it. Just think of the unique pictures and stories you could tell :)

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

The temple looks so crazy with all that up! I am happy I didn't have that in any of my wedding pictures! haha

Justin, Kira and Evan said...

good thing Alycia got married last summer and not this one!!

Lynn said...

I know what you mean about the temple looking "sad" while it's in repairs. Just last year all that scaffolding was around the Cardston temple as they "polished it" back to it's white clean self again. I do feel for those who were trying to get wedding pictures.

That will be so nice once the work's all done. Keep us posted!