Call for Submission : LDS Temple Stories

31 May 2014, Posted by ScottJarvie in (a) Favorite Posts



Several hundred people helped fund the Faith in America project and specifically requested an LDS Temple book in return for their support.

Now the team helping to create both books has decided to go the extra mile and turn this fine art photography book into much, much more.


You can still reserve a copy of the book here -


Several months ago hundreds of people supported a crowd funding project on Kickstarter - “Faith in America: Religious Buildings of the United States”

The project was created to promote faith in America by focusing on a particular symbol of faith important to all religions – their buildings. This vision includes a year long road trip to all 50 states photographing thousands of religious buildings and the creation of two books.

While there are still several months of photography left to finish capturing the thousands of buildings that will be in the Faith in America book, the photographs for the LDS Temple book are almost complete and we are currently working on the layout and content.

Salt Lake temple and the salt lake valley right after sunset



We are excited to announce to the public that in addition to the beautiful pictures, the book will include a corresponding story/creative writing piece for every temple in the book.

The book will include:

  • Personal Stories
  • Creative Writings (i.e. poems, song lyrics, etc.)
  • Historical Perspective
  • Essays


  • We encourage everyone that has something to share to fill out the form listed below.
  • We will pick one writing for every one of the 70 temples.
  • We will also use our Facebook and this Blog to share many of the other stories together with pictures of the temples they relate to.

Things to consider for the submission:

  • Write your submission in another program and then copy and paste it into the form.
  • You can submit multiple submissions for the same temple, or submit for multiple temples.
  • Share this with your friends!

 If you have problems viewing the form below, click HERE to fill out the form online.

**There are several pages to this form.  Make sure and click “Continue” after filling out each page and then “Submit” on the final page.**

Please email with any questions.


Ft Lauderdale Temple Pond

(The NEW Ft. Lauderdale Temple)


PRINT – Every person that submits a story will receive a coupon code for a free Temple print from JarvieDigital.

CALENDAR – Every person who is published either in the book or online will receive a 2015 LDS Temples calendar for the cost of shipping.

PUBLISHED – Every writing in the book will be accompanied by the name, current city and age of the author.

BOOK – Every person who is published will also be entered into a drawing to win a free book.

DISCOUNT – We will also offer discounts for either of the books to those that submit stories.  They make great Christmas presents!




We are looking for unique perspectives and we encourage you to help spread the message.

Who do you know that is a:

  • Long time temple worker
  • Former or current temple president
  • Temple architect
  • General Authority
  • Couple recently married in the temple
  • A parent of a family sealed in the temple
  • Child of a temple sealed family
  • A member that remembers their first experiences in the temple (such as as a youth, an outgoing missionary, etc.)
  • Local member present for the construction or dedication of a temple
  • A youth that participated in the cultural event before a temple dedication
  • A creative writer
  • YOU

If you know anyone that fits in these categories, share, message or even call them and invite them they should write a 500 word perspective about a temple that is special to them.


There will be a lot of uplifting stories submitted and we will only be able to publish 70 in the book, But your stories are bound to touch the lives of others so we’d love if you share your stories online in blogs and on social media.

Use the hashtag #ldstemplestories whenever you post or link your story on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ and link this project to help share the word about this effort and the inspiring book that will be out by the end of Fall 2014 (Yes, this year!)


We would like everyone to know that we have a similarly exciting plan for the Faith in America book which we are working on and will give more details in the near future.


  • We do have plans on including pictures of several of the Canadian temples that have already been photographed and may add stories as well, though the theme is US temples, but I have photographed the western canadian ones so adding them is very doable
  • All free prints will be in form of a coupon for print credit on JarvieDigital for any of the Temple pictures. Does not cover shipping costs.
  • The free calenders and books do not cover shipping costs.  They will also be available for pickup in several locations in Utah.
  • Have another question?  Email us at
  • David Wagner

    Dear Elder Jeffery R Holland,
    As you create the first stake in Jamaica, I reflect back on my experience as a missionary in Jamaica by thinking of my Great Great Great Grandfather Jessie Turpin whom went to Jamaica in the 1800’s as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. His stay was much shorter than my 2 year mission, His group of Elders were chased out with pitchforks causing their landlord to fear the angry mobs who threatened to burn down the property they rented. They were evicted only a month after arriving. This account of young Jessie Turpin was given to me by my Grandma Turpin who proudly shared it after hearing about my mission call to Jamaica. The church at the time closed the mission and over 100 years later I had the opportunity to pick up where my great great great grandfather left off. As a zone leader I was on companion exchanges with an elder serving in my old area in Pembroke Hall of Kingston Jamaica. This particular area I hold sacred to my heart because of the many members whom reached out in love to help in building up the kingdom through fellowship, support, teaching investigators, and feeding us as missionaries. This area is also the home of the families I helped share the gospel during their conversion process. They witnessed many trials and also many miracles as they put their faith in the Lord. I witnessed the power of the Lord to make burdens light in the lives of all faithful saints. With this background of the area in mind, I want to return to the experience as a zone leader on exchanges. Elder Anderson, a local Jamaican missionary, was with me for the exchange. As we walked my old area of Pembroke Hall, I had a chance to reunite with friends and feel great love and support in our efforts. I was able to be reunited with old investigators who had progressed in their knowledge of the gospel. I was also able to meet new people whose home I had knocked many times but never met the family inside. This experience helped me realize that there is power in persistence and determination in our efforts as missionaries. A missionary should never feel they have fallen short as long as they have stayed true to their purpose. Each missionary is replaced by another and the work continues on. As the day turned to night Elder Anderson and I made one last stop to visit the home of the family I had helped in the baptismal process. I had the opportunity to once again share my testimony and be reunited within the walls of their home. It was wonderful to see that they were still faithful to the Lord and the church. After this brief visit we made our final trek home as I had done many times before down Annadale Ave to the Bridge that crosses the Constant Springs Gully. I had made this particular walk 100’s of times yet this time was different. As we made it safely across the bridge and began to make strides along the dirt path, two men popped up from behind the bushes and charged towards us. We were trapped with nowhere to go and with the wall keeping us “safely” out of sight. I quickly became familiar with what appeared to be a long barrel colt revolver pointed straight between my eyes no more than 8 inches from my face. As the chills and fears engulfed every muscle and nerve in my body goose bumps quickly consumed every inch. Just as quickly as the goosebumps came, they left, and an overwhelming comfort of the spirit filled my mind, body, and soul. I was impressed to remain calm and open my mouth to speak. I made a promise to myself and to the Lord that I was going to say whatever entered my mind as I opened my mouth and prayed for protection for Elder Anderson and I. As I finished the prayer I opened my mouth and stated we are servants of the Lord and don’t have much money. You are free to take what we have. The man holding the colt revolver to my face did not flinch with the gun and steadied it between my eyes and quickly began to pat my pockets for the wallet. He grabbed the wallet and quickly checked for money, while keeping the gun to my face. My eyes were glued to this revolver yet, in my peripherals the shorter of the two men was patting down Elder Anderson and almost seemed happy to be searching him for money; like a little child in search of candy. They smiled and scoured every inch in search for money. As the search was happening I continued to open my mouth and talk. I introduced myself like I always did. I said my name and quickly elder Anderson said his as well. I then asked them for there names just like any other conversation we had with a new person. This natural flow of conversation must have invoked further faith in Elder Anderson because he immediately followed up my question with one of his own as he stated. “You both seem like young capable men why are you robbing instead of working?” I immediately thought we are in for it now but was once again surprised by their responses. They said “dez church boyz dem can’t undastand dem tings de. Da money na run here in Jamaica ya zee me. Da government na provide an opportunity for I and I, so dis is wah we half a do, become a teef in da night ta earn my keep.” I was then surprised at Elder Anderson’s next comment. He began to talk about how he believed they could choose whatever life they want for themselves and stated, “we live just right around the corner from here, Where do you live?” Once again these two men continued to search us and continued to answer our questions. They mentioned a school across the way and described an area we were both familiar with. Once again I opened my mouth and was surprised at the words that came out. I spoke to the man holding the revolver to my face and said, “hey I am just a representative for my church and I am actually not from Jamaica originally. I only have one wallet and only the one drivers license, I won’t be able to drive anymore without the license, is there any way I could have my Wallet back? I don’t care about the money you seem to need it more than me, take it, but could I have the wallet?” He looked me in the eyes I was smiling on my face, but inside I was screaming please don’t shoot me! Please don’t shoot me! The gunmen looked me in the eye and said, “it’s a good ting ya church boys are doin. Ya mon Ya mon me ovastand da predicament fa uno, nuff respect. He then pulled the cash out and tossed me the wallet and motioned with the gun for the two of us to leave and said “Gwan Gwan” as they crept back behind the bushes waiting for the next traveler. We quickly walked, jogged, then sprinted out of their never looking back. As you are about to create a stake in Jamaica I share this story as a way to say Jamaica is full of amazing people Just like Elder Anderson. That have confidence and faith in the lord. I have never spoken to him about our experience. I assume his testimony and faith in the lord has grown as a result of what should have and what could have been seen as a very scary and tragic situation. I am grateful in the moment of most fear and anxiety the lord blessed me with the comfort and protection of guardian angels who truly were round about us. No matter how ridiculous the promptings may appear in hindsight, I truly believe we were guided and prompted to say and do the things we did. We had faith enough in that moment to be calm and open our mouths. I believe that just as Elder Anderson challenged our assailants to live a better life. Many Jamaicans will flood into the wards and stake houses of the island as member continue to work with the missionaries in faith crying repentance to all willing to hear. I have a testimony of our Savior that he lives. I have felt the protection and guidance of my Ancestor Jessie Turpin. I know that his desire over 100 years ago was the same as my own and every missionary. To fulfill our purpose as missionary’s. “To invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.” Jamaicans in many ways are living in a society very similar to that described by the Prophet Joseph Smith. There are so many churches battling and screaming out contradictory doctrines and so many people seeking each of them hoping to find the one that leads them closest to their Savior. I am so grateful for my time and contributions to building up the kingdom of god in Jamaica. I dearly love them and a part of me will always be drawn back to return one day and reunite with my Jamaican Family. Please send them my love at this great time for celebration. I know that my ancestor and the ancestors of the Jamaican people are helping in the work. There is a deep need for the gospel and a great awakening ready to happen as Jamaicans unite in faith.

    David Wagner

    I wrote this letter on the eve of the first stake organization. I believe a similar letter will be written by me again as the saints get a Temple built on the Island.

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