Meet Petra: from New York City. Age 11. Petra recently moved to Mesa, Arizona. Petra wants to be an architect and has already made a little money doing 3D renderings in Sketchup for architects. Petra loved her temple set. She and her family spent a day building it together. Writes her father about the time spent building the temple set: “Nobody argued or yelled, not even one single time!”
Her family also recorded building the temple in this short time lapse Youtube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qfQts5wxcQ
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Meet Hunter: from Spring, Texas. Age 9. Hunter is our first Texan to be honored as the Builder of the Week. Hunter worked with his dad on Father's Day building the Salt Lake Temple Model and loved every minute of it!
Meet Anderson: from Gaithersburg, Maryland. Age 6. Anderson’s great grandparents saw how much he loved brick toys when they visited from Utah a few months ago so they purchased a Brick’em Young Salt Lake Temple for Anderson. It took Anderson four days with very little adult help to complete the temple. His parents encouraged him to sort the pieces first, as instructed, but he liked sifting through the entire set with each move. The hardest part was the roof, but even that, he tackled it on his own. When his mother tried to help him she was told, "Mom, you're doing it wrong!"
Anderson’s family had great discussions about the temple while they put it together. They talked about which family members were married there, including Anderson’s father and mother. The family also talked about how hard it was for the pioneers to build the temple (40 years!) and how it was hard for Anderson to build his temple too (4 days!), but we can do hard things! The family also talked about how the temple is a precious and beautiful creation and how we should treat it with respect, care and love.... the same behaviors he expects of his little brothers around his temple set. Anderson and his family plan to visit Salt Lake to reunite with family this summer and they also plan to visit Temple Square, so Anderson can see the real deal!
Meet Kaiden: from Herriman, Utah. Age 7. Kaiden finished building the temple in about 8 hours over the course of a couple of days. He set up a large table and placed all the bricks labeled in different bins. His mother writes that he is VERY proud of his work. Kaiden is the youngest Builder of the Week so far to complete the temple all by himself without adult supervision or help. This is quite an accomplishment considering there are 1,725 pieces in the set and the recommended ages is 12+.
Meet Joe, Emma, Ryan and Papa Dennis: from Erie, Colorado. Ages 13, 11, 7 and 73. The Salt Lake Temple set was purchased as a gift by Papa Dennis. He was able to spend quality family time with Joe, Emma and Ryan putting the set together. They created the following 22 second video of their experience building the temple together as a family. http://flipagram.com/f/EFL3lZvaqT
Meet Lynn, Maelee and Noel. From Leesburg, Virginia. Ages 7, 10 & 13. Maelee received a Brick'em Young Salt Lake Temple for her 10th Birthday. Before building this temple set Maelee was not all that interested in these type of brick building toys, but that quickly changed. She thoroughly enjoyed putting the set together with her father and sisters. It took the family close to one month working on and off for few minutes each day to build this set. Their dad created the following time lapse video of the girls putting together the Brick'em Young Salt Lake Temple. Click play on the image to watch this family’s experience of building the temple brick-by-brick.
Meet Jack and Will: from Madison, Wisconsin. Ages 7 & 4. Jack and Will helped their dad building the Brick’em Young Salt Lake Temple over the course of a few weeks each Sunday afternoon following church. Jack wrote us a letter when he was in school. During his literacy time he decided on his own that he wanted to send a letter and brought it home from school to give to his parents to mail. Jack writes: "Dear Brick’em Young, Thank you for the Salt lake Tepl. We dsidid it is a thing we do on sunday. We do not like it we Love it! Love, Jack."
Meet Spencer: from Logan, Utah. Age 12. Spencer completed the Brick’em Young Salt Lake Temple completely on his own. He spread out the bricks across the table in his living room and for three days he worked on the temple whenever he had a spare moment. It was a blessing to do this project at this time as Spencer got sick and had not felt well for a few months. He was still sick when school ended. When Spencer discovered there was a Salt Lake Temple brick set, he took his own money he had been saving and proudly made the purchase. Writes his mother: “For those three days, Spencer was able to smile and it gave him something fun to look forward to. Even though he didn’t feel well, he stuck with the project until it was complete. Spencer was so proud of his hard work!“ Spencer's temple sits in his bedroom, right next to his bed. He can’t wait to purchase temple sets in the future. Building Brick'em Young Temples is a great summer time activity for young people!
Meet Josh: from Payson, Utah. Age 11. Josh was very excited to put the temple set together. After the set was complete he proudly placed the set on display in the living room of his home. The follow morning on his way out the door to school he said to his father, "It sure looks good up there, doesn't it?" His father writes: What better way to get my son invested in the gospel than by having him build the Salt Lake Temple!
Meet Kevin: from South Jordan, Utah. Age 30+. Kevin received the temple set as a birthday gift. He writes:“Even though I'm almost 40 years old, I still had a blast putting this together. Instructions were clear. The detail on this is good enough to display it.”< It took Kevin about 4 hours to put the set together. Brick’em Young temples are not just for kids!
Meet Shelly: from Henan, China. Age 4. Shelly helped build a Brick’em Young temple together with her dad. The following week when her mom picked her up from school she noticed a picture in the school lobby entrance that Shelly painted with caption: “This painting shows temples and churches". Seeing this picture was a total surprise to her mom. Building a Brick’em Young temple together with her dad left a big impression on Shelly.
Meet Joslyn, Carson, Michael and Reese. From Bountiful, Utah Ages 12, 10, 7 & 4. This family built the set together over last weekend. Carson and Michael did most of the building but all family members were involved. Their mother sent us the following email: "Thanks Brick’em Young, hours of fun, not to mention quality time with their dad."
Meet Hunter: from Denver, Colorado. Age 9. Hunter has always loved to create and build things. He assembled his Brick'em Young temple all by himself without the help of his mom or dad. He placed the temple at the base of his bed and enjoys looking at it during the nightly family routine before going to bed. He also gained a greater fascination of the real Salt Lake Temple and now can tell you how long it took the early pioneers to complete (answer: 40 years).
Meet Ethan: from San Jose, California. Age 10. Ethan was a very determined and excited builder. He was able to put his Brick'em Young set together in just over 4 and 1/2 hours. A very fast pace considering there are 1,725 pieces.
Meet Braxton: from Pullman, Washington. Age 15. Braxton started building his Brick'em Young temple on Friday after school and was so enthused that he decided to stay home and complete the set rather than going out with his friends. It took Braxton about 6 hours to complete. Braxton has visited the real Salt Lake Temple many times and very much enjoyed putting the set together.
Meet Isaac: from Chicago, Illinois. Age 10. Isaac and his father started putting the Brick'em Young Salt Lake Temple set together while watching April's General Conference. Building the temple became an enjoyable and bonding Sunday activity for Isaac and his family.