Utah Temple Passport
Utah Temple Passport

My daughter recently turned 12, and wanted to participate in baptisms for the dead.  She also wanted a temple recommend holder.  I stopped by Seagull Book and discovered these temple recommend holders cost between $3-4, which seems ridiculously expensive for a simple piece of plastic.  While there, I discovered a Utah Temple Passport for around $6.  We’ve had a goal as a family to visit all temples in Utah, and I thought this would be a fun way to keep track of it.  On our way to the Salt Lake Temple (her choice for the first temple, and my first time visiting the Baptistry there), she read some interesting facts about each of the temples.  The most interesting thing was to learn that a few temples have been struck by lightning!  Regarding the St. George Temple, it says,

A year after its dedication, lightning destroyed the temple’s original tower.  Interestingly, Brigham Young was never pleased with the tower, calling it “squatty.”  The taller, more splendid tower seen today was rebuilt several years later.

When we think of temples and “the Lord’s House”, it seems surprising that God would allow lightning to strike so soon after the dedication!

But that’s not all, according to the passport, the Oquirrh Mountain temple was struck

Lightning at the Oquirrh Mountain Temple in Utah (courtesy Deseret News)

During the temple open house, on June 13, 2009, lightning struck the Angel Moroni on top of the temple, leaving his face, arm, and and trumpet blackened on the north side.

A friend told me that the Bountiful Temple was struck just a month ago (for the third time!) and did some serious damage.  According to this news report, the Angel Moroni serves a functional purpose as a lightning rod.  Now Moroni is going to need replacement!

Is God mad at these temples, or is it simply a natural phenomenon?  Are you aware of other temples being struck?