“Where Earth and Heaven Meet,” New Era, June 2015, 24–27
Where Earth and Heaven Meet
Through photos and poems, teens share what the temple means to them.
Latter-day Saint youth revere the temple as the purest and most sacred of all buildings, a place of beauty where the Spirit speaks and where covenants are made for eternity.
Their love for the temple is evident in the heartfelt joy of their words and the vibrant emotion of the images that temples inspire them to create. Enjoy their poems and photos as you think of the love you also share for the house of the Lord.
Kansas City Missouri Temple
Oh, how majestic it stands!
White spires pointing upward,
Nigh unto my Father,
The angel Moroni like a beacon
Drawing me closer to the Savior.
Joyful we are,
To have such a dwelling so blessed—
A dwelling of refuge,
Of peace, of salvation, of service—
A dwelling I fancy when I rest.
Only the home could ever compare
With the holiness of the temple
We now consecrate.
And through it my family
May live together
For time and eternity, so complete.
My heart, oh my heart!
May it ever lean to such beauty
And abide here,
For this tabernacle we have made
Is of the Messiah
For now into
I step into the font.
The warm water gently laps around me.
Sarine and I have not met,
But I know her; I feel her presence.
My mind and heart turn back
To the frustrations, the searching, the waiting,
To the jubilation of discovering.
It was all worth this moment for her.
A hand is raised, a prayer is said,
While she, behind the gate
Where she has been so long,
My hands in hands of priesthood authority,
I am buried in the depths.
The water cascades around my face.
Finally, past the gate,
And I feel her elation,
In this place where
Earth and heaven meet.