Recently I’ve been pondering the place of the temple in the Christmas story. Last week my wife and I attended the Conference Center performance of Savior of the World which was very well done and depicted the birth and resurrection of Christ. One of the first scenes involved the temple at Jerusalem. As I have read through the Christmas story in the book of Luke I found that the temple holds a central theme in the account. Here are some of my thoughts: [Read more…]
A new short film by Excel Entertainment and T.C. Christensen has been released entitled “Only a Stonecutter: One Man’s Sacrifice to Build the House of the Lord.” The film tells the story about John Rowe Moyle and how for 20 years he walked 22 miles from Alpine to Salt Lake to work as a stone mason on the Salt Lake Temple. He endured this rigorous routine even after losing his leg in an accident.
Several general authorities have told this story, including President Uchtdorf in the Priesthood Session of the most recent General Conference (October 2008). We have also recounted this story previously as told by Elder Holland in the April 2000 Conference. As a capstone to Br. Moyle’s work on the temple, he is the one who chiseled “Holiness to the Lord” on the eastern façade.
The film is 14 minutes long and available at Deseret Book and likely wherever LDS items are sold. A short preview video clip is below.
I’m curious. I’ve heard these stories before about the lights from the temple guiding pilots in the night so that they can properly align themselves for landing at a nearby airport. When the lights aren’t there, the pilots complain and the air traffic control calls the temple wondering why the lights are out.
The latest I heard today was about the Los Angeles temple, and about how one night there was a power failure such that the angel Moroni wasn’t lit. The temple received a call from the LAX airport tower control asking why the light was out. They were told that pilots use the light and Moroni as a beacon to guide them in their landing. The temple workers climbed to the top of the temple and lit the angel with a generator.
I’ve heard this story told now about three different temples – the Las Vegas, the Los Angeles, and the Oakland temple. Each time the details are slightly different, but the substance is the same. In some of the versions it is the entire temple which is unlit; in some it is just the angel Moroni.
I was wondering if anyone knows where this story came from, and if any of these are true. I did some quick searches on LDS.org, but didn’t find anything.