BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Still sick so I am “recycling” this older post for those that have never seen it 🙂 … hope to have new content soon 🙂

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Stafford, Texas is breathtaking! It’s a place of traditional Hindu worship but respectful visitors are allowed.  The exterior is made of Turkish Limestone and interior of Italian Marble.  The hand carvings are stunning as you can see in the photos below.  It’s truly a sight to behold and worth a visit!

Note:  Mandir basically means a temple or place of worship.  There is a souvenir shop and plenty of photo ops!

Advice:  Check the Visitor Guidelines before you leave please to be sure you are dressed appropriately, etc.

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The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints in Spring, Texas

I seem to be hitting the various churches, temples, etc. lately and this is one I’ve seen lots of photos of before so off to The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints in Spring, Texas I went.

Upon driving up one thing is very noticable….they really take pride in the cleanliness and I’m talking sparkling clean exterior! Beautiful flowers welcome you to the church along with fountains, trees, finely trimmed bushes and gleaming white everywhere!

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints colorful flowers
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints colorful flowers

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sparkling clean fountains

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sparkling clean fountains

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with I THINK Angel Moroni on top of the Temple
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with I THINK Angel Moroni on top of the Temple (but don’t hold me to it as I am not a member, etc.)

Again, not 100% that is indeed who sits on top of the temple but according to Wikipedia “in Mormonism, an angel who visited Joseph Smith on numerous occasions, beginning on September 21, 1823. According to Smith, the angel was the guardian of the golden plates, which Latter Day Saints believe were the source material for the Book of Mormon, buried in a hill near Smith’s home in western New York. An important figure in the theology of the Latter Day Saint movement, Moroni is featured prominently in Mormon architecture and art. Besides Smith, the Three Witnesses and several other witnesses also reported that they saw Moroni in visions in 1829.

Moroni is thought by Latter Day Saints to be the same person as a Book of Mormon prophet-warrior named Moroni, who was the last to write in the golden plates. The book states that Moroni buried them before he died after a great battle between two pre-Columbian civilizations. After he died, he became an angel who was tasked with guarding the golden plates and directing Smith to their location in the 1820s. According to Smith, he returned the golden plates to Moroni after they were translated and, as of 1838, Moroni still had the plates in his possession.[2]

So, there you have it…to me, it’s just a beautiful place to look at.  Please be respectful if you visit and don’t ask if you can go inside, the answer is a very polite no. I met four young teenaged church members outside who could not have been more cordial, polite and kind.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serene bench

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serene bench

More pretty flowers
More pretty flowers
birds at LDS Church
Even the birdy’s love the pristine conditions here! This little guy let me get inches from him!

Thanks for popping by and sharing in our mini-adventures!

Max and his Human

Annunciation Catholic Church – Houston’s Oldest Catholic Church

The land for the Annunciation Catholic Church in Houston, Texas cost a mere $2,000 back in 1866 – what a bargain!!!  It’s a stunning catholic church built in 1869 and is the mother of all the other Catholic Parishes in Houston, Texas and was the second Catholic church built in Houston.  The first Mass held there was on November 1, 1870 (All Saint’s Day). It also holds a Pilcher Opus 1206 church organ that was installed in 1924 that possesses 1,577 tin pipes. In 1969 the church as recorded as a historical Texas landmark. Check the link for service times.  It’s just absolutely gorgeous! As of this post the church is 148 years old and still running strong! While I am not Catholic, it sure it beautiful!!!

esus on the cross at Annunciation Catholic Church in Houston, TX
Jesus on the cross at Annunciation Catholic Church in Houston, TX

Inside Annunciation Catholic Church in Houston TX

Inside Annunciation Catholic Church in Houston Texas

Alter Area at Annunciation Catholic Church in Houston TX

So tranquil and lovely

 

Annunciation Catholic Church Houston TX
Annunciation Catholic Church Houston TX

Garden Statue at Annunciation Catholic Church

Garden Statue at Annunciation Catholic Church

Compassion International-Interactive Journey “The Compassion Experience”

Houston on The Cheap, (an awesome site), had listed the ‘Experience the Compassion Experience” as one of their things to try on Sunday so I thought…why not give it a whirl and there is no charge.  By the way, Houston on The Cheap is a wonderful resource to find things to do each weekend!!

The Compassion Experience is an interactive experience about children’s lives in developing countries like The Dominican Republic, Philippines, Uganda, and Kenya. It was interesting and not all depressing like I thought it may be. There were three stories (tours), you could take.  I chose Uganda. You were free to finish that story and see the other remaining stories, but I was already running late to another committment so I just tried the Uganda story. Upon your journey’s end there are opportunities to sponsor children but I experienced absolutely zero pressure, etc. to do so at all.

Am I happy I attended? Yes.

Note:  I have not researched the Compassion International organization as of this post to provide more details yet, but the little I did see is promising and encouraging. I also, did not want to overpost photos and spoil the experience for you 🙂

Thank You:  Thanks to The Church Without Walls, 5725 Queenston Blvd., Houston, TX for hosting the event and going WAY ABOVE and beyond to make me feel VERY welcome!!!

Advice:  Register!!!! You can “just show up”, but you will wait in line.  If you preregister as I did, you stand in a separate line and I experienced zero waiting –  so definitely worth registering in advance!! While all the information I read does say this is “Family Friendly”, it does address some issues that an overly sensitive, young child, (in my personal opinion), may be upset about or later ask you question about that you may not be ready yet to discuss such as HIV, although each have happy conclusions.  I would have brought my young children, but just giving you a heads up as every parent/child, etc. is different.

Thanks for visiting Max and his Human’s Blog! Have a beautiful day!

The Compassion Experience - Uganda
The Compassion Experience – Uganda
The Compassion Experience - Uganda
The Compassion Experience – Uganda
The Compassion Experience - Uganda
The Compassion Experience – Uganda