Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I Love to See the Temple!!

 Sacramento Temple
I love going to the Temple. My roommates and I went to do baptisms tonight. It was perfect--as usual. Whenever I drive up & see it for the first time, it always takes my breath away. It doesn't matter that I go just every month--it still does it. I immediately feel at peace. No matter what is going on or how many things I have to do--going to the temple is always the right thing to do--no matter the timing.

Tonight was great. There were so many people there! Not just Young Single Adults, but families with real adults and children (I refuse to acknowledge that I am a "real" adult). It was awesome. There were at least 40 people there--standing room only. I loved it.

But the best part of going to the temple for me--so far--has always been when I walk out of the temple after I finish. I love that feeling. So fresh and clean. Everything is always so beautiful!

I first discovered this when I moved to Rexburg and my roommates & I would go to the Idaho Falls Temple. YSA baptisms were either a 5 or 6 am. That meant leaving at 4:30am. It was always dark when we'd get there & by the time we would be leaving, the sun would be up, the air would be crisp (sometimes much more than crisp! Like -30F crisp--for real--I saw and felt that), and you could see the waterfalls across the street. It was always a perfect way to start the day.

I love going and serving. Knowing that I'm helping people that lived and breathed, but now aren't able to physically do the ordinances themselves makes me feel so wonderful & helpful.

One of my favorite things to do is to take my own family names to the temple. It makes it so much more special. I highly recommend it!! I don't know what it is, but doing family names is so wonderful. Maybe because you are making them permanently a part of your family.

For example, I spent considerable time tracking down some of my 4th great-grandparents, Thomas and Anastasia. I learned that they immigrated from Ireland to Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada and then to the United States. I learned a lot about their time in PEI--what life was like for them. Then I found their birth dates! I was able to have their temple work done. I want to say it was magical--but it wasn't, it was incredibly spiritual. I was baptized and confirmed for Anastasia and a friend did it for Thomas. I always feel the Spirit in the Temple, but it was nothing compared to when I have done family names. To me, my family names aren't just names, they are people that lived and breathed and are literally a part of me. Their blood is in me. I am a part of them as they are with me. It feels so much more real and meaningful. This has also translated to when I am doing it for other people. They are real too. I try to think about them and what their life was like and who they were. It makes it more special.

Ok, this post turned out to be much longer than I thought--but I LOVE the Temple!! And I can't wait to have more opportunities to serve there!! 

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