Manhattan Bridge Pano

From the city that never sleeps, here is a Brooklyn Bridge Park view of the Manhattan Bridge. Being along the banks of the East River was peaceful. I absolutely love going to New York City whenever I get the...

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Poás Volcano, Costa Rica

The Poás Volcano located in Costa Rica. Its most recent eruption was back on 2014. Laguna Caliente (“hot lagoon”) is pictured below, it is one of two lakes located at the top of the volcano. Laguna Caliente is one of the most acidic bodies of water in the world, with a PH level of zero.  The Poás crater is one of the most beautiful things I have seen in nature. Very colorful and very smelly as well. It was amazing to see the natural beauty of...

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Temple

The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Temple is located in a very historic city, the city of brotherly love. One of the oldest cities in the United States, the Liberty Bell and other historic sites are located just a 7-10 minute drive from the Philly Temple.  Historic Logan Square is literally a 3 minute walk and yes, that famous staircase from the Rocky Balboa movies is also a short walk away. ...

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mormon Temple

The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mormon Temple will be the 152nd operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when its dedicated on September 18th, 2016. Located in downtown Philadelphia, the temple perfectly matches the old style architecture and the modern landscaping of the...

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Palmyra New York Mormon Temple

The Palmyra New York Mormon Temple is the 77th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints having been dedicated on April 6, 2000, 170 years after the restoration of the church in nearby Fayette New York. It was also the 100th temple announced by the church.  The Palmyra Temple is located on the east end of the original 100-acre Smith Farm, which is now owned by the church. For me, it is one of the most sacred temples in the church, since it it also located next to the Sacred Grove where the First Vision...

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania LDS Temple July 2016

The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be dedicated in September 2016. Recently I had the opportunity to travel to downtown Philadelphia and photograph the new temple. It is located next to the Basilica and historic Logan Square. The way that the temple is built, you would never think that it sits in the middle of the city. While on this trip, I certainly had a few tender mercies from the Lord. One of them happened on the last night I was in town. Most of the mornings were overcast and the...

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Redlands California Mormon Temple

The Redlands California Mormon Temple is the 116th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dedicated on September 14th, 2003 by then church President Gordon B. Hinckley. The Redlands Temple was the fifth temple built in the state of...

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Boston Massachusetts LDS Temple

The Boston Massachusetts Mormon Temple is the 100th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This fulfilled then church President Gordon B. Hinckley’s goal to have 100 operating temples by the end of 2000. There were actually 102 by the end of 2000. The Boston Temple is considered to be one of the medium sized temples in the church. Currently it is the only operating temple of the church in New England. The Hartford, Connecticut Temple will open in November 2016. The Boston Temple can clearly be seen on the Route 2 corridor in the...

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Philadelphia Pennsylvania Mormon Temple Construction January 2016

On January  18th 2016, I traveled to the almost completed Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mormon Temple. Three days later on January  21st, 2016, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the dedication of the temple for September 18th 2016. The Philadelphia area was one of just a few large metropolitan areas in the United States that did not have a temple until...

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Journalism and photography are my favorite distractions in life. I usually have a camera with me so I can capture any moment in my life. When I don't have a camera or when I am not at work, I am on social media 24/7.

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