This weekend I enjoyed the semi-annual General Conference of the LDS church. During this bi-yearly event the leaders, including the apostles and prophet, speak on a variety of topics such as faith, charity and strengthening family. While this instruction was fabulous (I took 17 pages of notes!), the most exciting moment of the weekend was the Saturday announcement by President Monson of 5 new temples- one in Indianapolis, Indiana! As all blog readers know I served my mission in Indiana from 2003-2005. I loved my mission but it was a huge purifying experience physically, mentally and spiritually. For once in my life I left nothing on the table. I worked as hard as I possibly could, and found everyone I needed to find. It may sound cheesy but I left a part of myself on the streets of Indiana- my blood, sweat, tears and prayers. Sometimes I wonder if I could do it again? I really don’t know. It was an amazing experience and completely worth it to bring souls to the gospel but it was very difficult.
With my sacrifice and that of many more, the work has continued to grow in the great Hoosier state; however, I was skeptical a temple would ever be built because of the many temples in surrounding states- 2 in Illinois, 1 in Michigan, 1 in Ohio and 1 in Kentucky. To my delight with the faith of the Saints and the work of the missionaries the need for a temple in Indiana could not be denied. They have not announced when construction will begin or where the temple will be built but if you are interested you can see updates at http://indianapolistemple.com/. I am so excited!
It’s overwhelming for me to think of the increased missionary work and the blessings that will come to the great people of Indiana with a temple nearby. I struggle with the words to describe my emotions. I am so happy! I remember one time in Angola walking in the snow, my feet near frostbitten, and thinking “this will be worth it someday.” I’ve had many days when it was “worth it” including each time I felt a connection with the people I served with. Since I came home my mission has continued to be a daily motivating factor in my life. Whenever I face something difficult or challenging I know I can do it because I finished my mission. I know the Lord will help me and that my life is important to His work. When President Monson made the Indiana temple announcement, Saturday became another “worth it” day!
Here are some photos of the mission…