Story and photos courtesy of Karyann Hoopes.
A group of photographers gathered at sunset and captured stunning images of the Mesa Arizona Temple before it closes for renovations on May 19, 2018, not to reopen until 2020.
For the second time in 43 years, the Mesa Arizona Temple will be closed for renovations, which include temple ground enhancements, site improvements, exterior maintenance, interior finishes, and a new visitors' center located across the street, according to Mormon Newsroom.
Seven photographers—Karyann Hoopes, Brooks Crandall, Richard Webb, Jason Miller, Jimmy Paderta, Lance Bertola, and Rory Wallwork—from Arizona and Utah came together to capture these beautiful images. They hope by publishing these photos they can share the spirit of this building with those who love the Mesa temple, the first temple dedicated in Arizona.
Though many might see these photographers as competitors, to each other they are friends who enjoy bringing light into the world through their photography.