That's what I think it is, it's the vacation season, and TBM's tend to visit a temple on their vacations. Even in Europe, TBM's will skip popular tourist spots to visit whatever temple they can, so they can brag about it when they get back to their ward.
It think that's also a ploy for a missionary moment.
I remember sitting through a relief society class, and one of the "sisters" saying that even mentioning that you went to the temple could be a missionary moment, and could open the door for questions and such.
went to Paris in May. I tried to talk him into posing with the guy in front of the Paris temple and putting it on fb for his daughter to see. He didn't. The only picture I ever took in front of a temple is when I got married and I don't think we have many with the temple, just the people who were there and us.
My daughter posts them ALL THE TIME.
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I remember when it was popular in the 80s and 90s to visit Hard Rock cafes in the places that you went on vacation. At that time, the cafes were only in pretty great destinations. It was the thing to purchase a Hard Rock t-shirt so everyone would know where you went on vacation. It's kind of the Mormon version of that.
Ah hard rock cafes. I used to bring home shirts from there for my kids when I traveled, Seemed cool then. I bought expensive stuff from a glorified hamburger stand so my kids got to show them off at school. Gotta laugh at myself.
We have a couple from when my wife and I got sealed back in 2001. We have never posted them to Facebook..
There are a few from my brothers wedding 2 years ago at the Cardston 'House of Secret Handshakes'. Most of the ones with my wife and kids are against a wall, and a few on the hill. Most of them look like they are at a walled garden. A few made it to Facebook.
All our siblings are married now, and most of the nephew/nieces live far away. I doubt there will be any more any time soon.
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What I remember from my TBM days, is that it's also an brainwashing tool for the kids.
Whenever we would be in the neighbourhood of a temple (we wouldn't take big detours or anything), we'd drive by the temple and show it to to the kids. We found it important for them to know the temple was important to us.
Needless to say, we didn't call it brainwashing back then...
yeah, rt, this summer when the TDM DH and I took 2 of his grandchildren (from his first marriage, all TBM folks)--on a trip, driving by the temple, getting out and taking their picture in front of it---in more than one town---exactly matched what you said up there---"we'd drive by the temple and show it to the kids. We found it important for them to know the temple was important to us."
My beloved SIL and BIL have temple-pictures all over their house, and apparently part of vacations is to go to the temple wherever they go that has one----apparently the temple is important to them.
I just took some pictures of the kids and me infront of the temple about 2 months ago. It was a cousins son last day of his mission and his mission president gave family members 15 minutes to talk to him in front of the temple before he would go to the mission home. The next day was his flight home. Well I got into bad traffic and arrived 2 hours late at the temple (I missed him). So I took a proof picture that Yes I was indeed there. My family knows we have resigned and so they were surprised to see such a picture.