Sunday, December 23, 2012

"I love to see the temple! I went there. . . . yesterday!"

Oh how happy I am!  I have been grinning ear-to-ear all day long  :)  :)  Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to be invited into the House of the Lord and receive the special gift of my endownment.  I was pretty nervous before-hand, but once inside, the overwhelming and beautiful Spirit got rid of any fears I had.

I am so very grateful that I have such amazing parents that have set the example for me of how to live my life so that I could be worthy to go into the Lord's house yesterday and feel of His Spirit and love and the peace found within.  The temple is an absolutely wonderful place! It is worth every sacrifice to make it there to receive your endownment, and to help bless the lives of those who have already passed on before us.  Don't ever settle for less than the temple!

"Let us truly be a temple-attending and a temple-loving people….Let us make the temple, with temple worship and temple covenants and temple marriage, our ultimate earthly goal and the supreme mortal experience."   —Howard W. Hunter

"I know your lives are busy. I know that you have much to do. But I make you a promise that if you will go to the house of the Lord, you will be blessed; life will be better for you." —Gordon B. Hinckley

I was so emotional as I walked into the Celestial room and saw all of my family and loved ones standing there in white, waiting to receive me.  It was the best feeling in the world.  First I went over and hugged my mama and we cried as we held each other, and then my daddy came over and held us both. It was such a tender, sweet moment.  I only wish my little brother could have been there!  I'm just happy to know that one day HE WILL BE!  I am so grateful to have the knowledge that I am part of an eternal family.

So happy to have her by my side the whole time. 

Obviously there is so much to learn at the temple, and I didn't grasp it all my first time......I probably won't grasp it for a while, but I can't wait to go back! I have so many questions I would like to be able to ask. And, of course, I want to be able to feel of the strong Spirit always present there.

I just want y'all to know that I know this gospel is true and that everyone who can, should make getting to the temple a priority! The blessings found there are eternal!  God won't ever let us down if we follow Him and keep our covenants.  The temple is the Lord's house, and if we live worthy to be there, He will reside there and we can feel of His love. "For behold, I have accepted this house, and my name shall be here; and I will manifest myself to my people in mercy in this house." —D&C 110:7

My family, after the session got out.
"When you come to the temple you will love your family with a deeper love than you have ever felt before. The temple is about families."
                                                                                                                              —Richard H. Winkel

Me and my friend Paul. He has helped me SO much through my decision
 process of serving a mission....I am so grateful for his example :)

I am now an endowed woman!!! ;)

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