Sunday, October 26, 2008

Year of Miracles #27

This marks the halfway point for completion of my Year of Miracles series! Yea for me!

On Friday night my husband and I attended a fabulous Halloween party (you may recall my mentioning the fabulousness of the invitations in this post; the actual party itself lived up to the invitation and was tons-o-fun thanks to MimiRight and Molly). Well, while we were there we had the chance to talk with a couple in our ward, the husband of which is the architect for the newly announced Gilbert Arizona temple. I took the chance to ask him how the plans were coming along and (among other things) he related the following miraculous experience with temple building that is a fulfillment of scriptural prophecy.

After the church decided build a temple in San Antonio, Texas they started looking to purchase a five-acre plot of land. None of the sites they looked into seemed appropriate, so they ended up deciding to buy a plot of land that was nine acres. The intention was to use five acres for the temple and use the remaining four acres as a staging area for the construction crews. After the temple was completed then the extra land could be sold off.

Soon after construction was started on the San Antonio temple a truck (or something... I can't remember exactly what it was) collapsed into a hole on in the staging area for the construction. In the hole was discovered a large abundance of agate.

{Now, dear reader, if you are not sure what agate is, please do not feel bad. I was not sure either but faked it during the actual conversation at the party. Basically it is a type of valuable rock that comes in a wide variety of colors and is kinda like a geode. You can read about it on Wikipedia here.}

The man who was contracted to make the windows for the San Antonio temple got down into the hole and removed some of the agate before the hole was filled back up. You see, he had done his research. Because in Isaiah 54:12 it reads, "And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones." He has since been taking thin slices the agate he collected and using it in numerous windows of the newest temples being built. In fact, the new skylight over the grand staircase in the Mesa, Arizona temple has some in it. Next time you are there look at the sunbursts in the corners of the skylight and you will see the agate.

And a literal fulfillment of prophecy.

Scripture of the Day: Psalms 126:5


  1. I have been to the San Antonio temple and the Celestial Room is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. The colors of the glass (agate, now I know:)) are so amazingly vivid and bold. It's now on my list of favorites!

  2. Very cool, Becky. Thanks for sharing!


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