This segment from Hope Works (from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website) touched my heart. An internet scammer from Liberia finds a higher purpose for himself when partnering with a potential “victim” from the United States.
I love everything about this article and the photo!
I love everything about this!!
Over the years, I have watched many young women and their entourages arrive in limos to the Oakland Temple grounds. Shadowed by a professional photographer, girls have their photos taken for quinceaneras using the Temple as a backdrop.
At first, I was taken aback by all the flashy opulence and large crowds. Ironically, Latter-day Saint (Mormon) brides often had to wait their turn for their own bridal photo ops due to the groups of Catholic girls.
As I watched one particular photo session for a quinceanera, I got a very distinct impression that these activities were tangible and symbolic evidence of the Oakland Temple’s significance: It is truly a beacon in multiple dimensions. It beckons. It calls. The statue of the trumpet blowing Angel Moroni (perched on the highest spire) exemplifies the clarion call to all who desire joy and peace.
The article gives further insight:
“It’s not just quinceañeras, said Tawn Gorbutt, a security officer at the temple. He patrols the temple’s grounds and said he sees people of all faiths and inclinations enjoying the space, from Ethiopian Coptic weddings, an orthodox Christian faith, to Tongan celebrants, first communions to birthday parties, graduates in caps and gowns to teens getting ready for prom.”
I’m very happy and honored to be a part of this joyful commonality.