Book Review: American Temples book by Scott Jarvie



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American Temples book by Scott Jarvie

I know it’s getting a little close to Christmas, and maybe a few of you are still searching for that perfect gift. This is it!  I received a copy of this book American Temples by Scott Jarvie in exchange for my review.  I fell in LOVE with this book!

One of our most popular posts at Travel Parent Eat is mine and my husband’s story about our faith and how we work through the hard times.

In this article I mentioned that we worshipped together as part of our first date.  We worshipped in a temple together.  This book shares beautiful pictures and testimonies about the temples in the United States.  I could spend hours reflecting on the serenity and peace Scott captured in his pictures.

Testimonies included in American Temples book

I could spend a couple more hours reviewing all the shared testimonies.  The testimonies reveal the faith, peace, and love that can be felt in the temples.  Reading through the different testimonies reminded me of similar experiences I have had while worshipping in a temple.

  • Here’s a quick, personal experience about a temple: when I was preparing to deliver my oldest we went to a birthing class where they encouraged us to visualize our favorite place on earth.  My husband and I knew my favorite place would be a special room in the Nauvoo temple.  I served my mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nauvoo, Illinois.  I worshipped in the Nauvoo temple at least once a week, and this room is still probably my favorite place on earth.  Marjorie Pay Hinckley stated, “This room (the celestial room in the Nauvoo temple) is much as I would imagine Heaven’s living room.”  I felt that way about that room.

Nauvoo Illinois Temple from American Temples book by Scott jarvie

When I need peace; when I’m searching for answers to prayers, or when I just need an opportunity to serve, I attend a worship service at the temple.

Temple worship services are only available for worthy members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  All people are welcome to attend regular Sunday worship services at any local chapel.  Temples are open to the public only before they are dedicated.  There will be a few open houses for temples in the United States next year.  To learn more about temples and temple open house dates and locations, please click here.

Scott Jarvie’s book has provided me the opportunity to keep a bit of the temple in my home.  I only wish there had been more pictures of the Nauvoo temple (because I can never have enough of those), and maybe a little more about Mr. Jarvie’s experience in his journey to capture all the temples.  I do love reading the interesting facts, and seeing the dedication dates for each temple.

I have several pictures of temples with personal significance in my home already, but I love having the opportunity to keep all the U.S. temples in my home.  In fact, I’ve been inspired by this book to visit all the temples in the U.S.

My parents have already set this goal, and try to visit a new temple every year for their anniversary.  That’s why I’m giving a copy of the book to my dad for Christmas. Shhh, don’t tell him!  He doesn’t read this so he won’t know.

Getting back to the beginning of this post, if you’re looking for an inspired (and inspiring) Christmas gift, order this book!  You can pick it up in several Utah locations and have it wrapped before Christmas eve.  Maybe you won’t get it ordered before Christmas…it’s an awesome birthday, wedding, or anniversary gift as well!  Click here to order (or on the sidebar) New LDS Temple Book

With all the craziness going on in the world, we all need a little more peace in our homes, and this book will provide that for you.

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About Anne Banks

Hi, I'm Anne! I am an active learner on this crazy road called life. I love learning about anything, but currently spend most of my study time researching parenting tips and improving health. I get excited about crafting, reading, running, baking, and spending time with my three crazy boys (in no particular order, and sometimes at the same time)! I love sharing what helps me get through the day, and I hope my tips help you!

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3 Responses to Book Review: American Temples book by Scott Jarvie

  1. Tammi December 21, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    Great post! Love the book. I will have to go get one for my hubby! He would love it!

    • Anne Banks December 23, 2014 at 8:53 am #

      Tammi, yes, he would love it! Thanks for stopping by!


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