Utah man goes around the world in 126 temples

Attending an LDS temple is a common vacation activity for many Mormons. But for Ray Hansen, it usually is the vacation.

Since 1987, Ray Hansen, of Herriman, Utah, has had a goal to attend every temple in the world. Of the 130 operating temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they have visited 126 of them.

On one trip, they flew into St. Louis and drove to Memphis, Tenn.; Birmingham, Ala.; Nashville, Tenn.; Louisville, Ky.; Nauvoo, Ill.; and then back to St. Louis.

"Every day is a different temple," Ray said. "There is nothing like feeling the spirit on your vacation every day."

A couple of years ago on a trip to Australia, during which he visited four temples, Hansen attended church in Sydney. He was introduced in the high priest group meeting as being from Salt Lake City.

He was asked if he was also going on any tours or sightseeing. He said no, and later overheard two men talking behind him. One said, "Doesn't he know there is a temple in Salt Lake City?"

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