Saturday, December 1, 2007

Day 20, Corner Stone, Oakland Temple

This is the corner stone of the Oakland, CA Temple.  It was laid in place in 1963, about a year before the temple was finished and dedicated.  The golden numerals just seemed to stand out, they glowed.  I loved the contrast of the golden numerals and the white sierra granite.  

Being the 15th Temple constructed by the LDS church, it is one of the more unique designs and layouts for an LDS temple.   It sits in the hills above Oakland and some of the best views of any where in the world.  Part of that is due to the layout.  There are gardens on an upper level that have lookouts that are amazing.  

The temple was announce to the church in January of 1961.  The groundbreaking took place in May of 1962 and was finally dedicated in November 1964 by David O. McKay.  It is located on 18 Acres of land and has 95,000 square feet of floor space.   It is primarily constructed of reinforced concrete with beautiful Sierra White Granite on the face.  It really is one of the most peaceful places you can visit.  In this world, that is so wonderful. gives the following information;  "The history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in northern California is long, dating back to the earliest days of the Church's westward migration. Members of the Mormon Battalion, for example, were on the scene when gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill in 1848. In 1924, Elder George Albert Smith of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles saw in vision "a great white temple of the Lord" in the Oakland hills. Land for the temple was purchased in 1943, but it wasn't until 1961 that President David O. McKay announced that it was time to build. The Oakland California Temple was the first temple since the Mesa Arizona Temple to include decorative friezes on the exterior, including one portraying the Savior commissioning His apostles in the Old World and His appearance to the Nephites in America. The temple's Asian motif was designed to represent the large Asian population in northern California. It is the only temple with five spires. The Oakland Temple is so prominently placed and such a distinctive landmark that ships entering San Francisco Bay use it for navigation purposes."
Camera:Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
Exposure:0.008 sec (1/125)
Focal Length:37 mm
ISO Speed:400
Exposure Bias:0/3 EV

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