Winds topple trees on grounds of the temple in Portland

On the grounds of the Portland Oregon Temple, high winds blew down several fir trees, some on top of cars in the parking lot, reported the temple presidency.

The presidency told the Church News that windstorms Jan. 30 caused six trees to blow over, one of which damaged two automobiles in the parking lot. For example, a big tree went down across six vehicles, but one was a pickup, which took all of the impact and absorbed most of the damage. The presidency explained that some 20 damaged trees have to be taken down.Recent cold weather in the area resulted in the temple being closed several times during the past several weeks. For instance, just after the 4 p.m. session Feb. 3, temple patrons and workers were sent home because of icy road conditions.

One couple at the temple that day might have gone home quite disappointed. The two, Bob and Diane White, converts of little more than a year, had traveled from Kelso, Wash., to be sealed. The presidency explained that during the year the married couple had been members of the Church, they would come down to the temple once a month and sit in the lobby for an hour just to get the feeling of the temple.

With the help of a few remaining members of the temple staff, a member of the temple presidency performed the sealing, and the couple were not denied their long-awaited temple marriage.

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