I just spent the last five days on a roadtrip/adventure with Eva! I flew one-way out to Salt Lake City and we drove her new car back to Madison. I was SO happy to finally see Eva again…hooray. We had a little Salt Lake City Day Trip – shopping and seeing the sights . Eva and I took a tour of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) Temple Square. You aren’t actually allowed in the temple unless you’re Mormon, but you can take a tour of the outside and learn more about what it means to be a member.
We picked a great day to visit. Many very young couples were getting “sealed” on Friday. I counted at least eight walking around the square while we were there. Instead of a traditional wedding ceremony, Mormons get sealed to their partners to guarantee that they will be together in this life and the next. Most of the couples were younger than Eva and I.
In this picture you can see three couples:
Back to the tour – it was really interesting and we were guided by two girls about our age, one from Sweden and one from Australia, who had left everything to come to SLC for 18 months to do missionary service. I could tell their faith was really important to them, but I can’t imagine leaving my family and friends for 18 months to come to a strange place. I can’t get over how happy all the Mormons seem. Everyone seems to have to much conviction in their beliefs.
One thing I learned that I thought was interesting was that Mormons don’t watch their children very closely because they believe that “God is Watching Them.” This of course is non-Mormon gossip, but it seemed to be true in the case of this fountain playground by one of the malls:
On Saturday, we headed to Casper, Wyoming (in Eva’s sexy new car of course!)
to visit Aaron, a friend of ours who graduated and got a job as a meteorologist.
Visiting him was great fun because he took us on a tour of his NBC news station and we got to pretend to be reporters and play with the green screen. I felt like a fourth grader on a field trip!
These faces are made for TV!!!
The rest of the drive back was pretty uneventful. It was good to be home and even better to have Eva back full time!