On our way home from the big Thanksgiving bash with my family, we came down the 99 instead of the 5 so that we could stop by one of the newer little temples that the LDS church is building in an attempt to make temple worship easier. Our church has always build the temples as the great and grand buildings that they are. For us they offer the ordinances that are most key to our religion. When we are married in the temple, we are married forever, not until death do us part. I can imagine nothing that scares me more then the separation of my family after this life. So, we stop at temples with our family and take pictures in front of them as a fun way to discuss the real significance they hold in our religious life with our children. We have on our walls pictures of us in front of 8 temples now.
As we were leaving, the sun was just setting and it was overcast. The parking lot lights had just come on and the lights with the few rays of sun that were breaking through the clouds as we left seemed to make the leaves on this tree just sing. They were so vibrant. I just noticed them because I was trying to use them to frame up the Angel Moroni on the top of the temple, but it wasn't working. But these had such color, that I swapped lenses and took the picture. I love how vibrant they came out. I also posted below the Angel Moroni, which I converted to B&W due to the overcast day to make it pop. It did not work the way that I wanted.
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