What Better Use of a Half Day

On Wednesday the kids had a half day at school, so we decided that it was the perfect day to head to the Gila Valley and the Gila Valley Temple Open House.

As soon as the kids got home from school we loaded up and were on our way. We were scheduled for a 4:15pm tour so we knew we didn’t have to hurry on our way up there.



There were a couple members of the Chaos that were happy to see these after the 2 1/2 hour drive, one of which may or may not have been me.


We could have just walked another few steps to go in the Church, but when you gotta go, you gotta go.

The Temple is built right next to a Chapel so the tour started there with a short film.

And then we walked across the parking lot to the Temple.

No bags or cameras were allowed on the tour.

No expense is spared on the construction or decoration of these sacred buildings and this one did not disappoint. It is a very small Temple, but so beautiful and peaceful inside.

After the tour we did take a few pictures of the kiddos in front of the Temple.



It really is a beautiful building.



Most of the Temples have a statue of the Angel Moroni.


After the tour it was time to grab a bite to eat before heading back home. On the way into Pima there are a bunch of these signs:


So we decided that it fit the bill for dinner.


The food was just okay,


but the drinks were fantastic. Or maybe I was just really thirsty?


I love how fast we went from the Temple to killing people on the video game.



This is one of the pictures that Ham took while we were waiting for our food. I can’t believe how old Big J looks.


The Girlies waiting for their food.


After dinner Big Daddy got us all a little treat.


Notice that his isn’t quite as little as the rest of ours.


But he was nice enough to share.

After spending more time at the Taylor Freeze than we did at the Temple it was time to head home.


It was a nice first visit for me to the Pima/Thatcher/Safford area.


Maybe we will have to visit again.

On a final note…

Can you tell these two are related?



  1. It looks like you had a wonderful day with the family. The temple is beautiful, of course they all are beautiful in their own ways.
    What a great family you have.

  2. this looks like such a great trip!

    I was just thinking about how your kids have grown since I started reading your blog..
    It was when I first moved to Arizona.

  3. That looks like a very cool temple. Short days are the best and there's nothing like a greasy burger after a long day.

  4. Perfect thing to do on a half-day. How lucky are those ward members to have a temple right next to their church? I can't wait until the Gilbert one is built.

  5. Looks like a fun trip. Wish we could go but there's just too much going on right now. Glad it was a good experience for y'all.