Tag: temples

Double Temple Days

So the last two days have been pretty awesome.  Yesterday I spent pretty much the entire day at my sweet cousin Danielle’s wedding.  We have gotten to know each other pretty well in the last 2 years and she really is a wonderful person.  When I moved she helped me the whole day including unpacking my entire kitchen.  One day she drove all the way from Provo just to bring me soup hearing I was sick.  She just has a heart of gold and I’m really glad we are friends.  I’m so grateful to call all of my cousins friends.

The ceremony was also very moving.  The officiant talked about the importance of staying connected as a couple and how the temple helps us to form eternal bonds with our loved ones.  I definitely believe that is true, even with friendships. The bond we build isn’t just for now but for eternity.  So grateful for that knowledge.

cousin
Danielle and Cory married for time and all eternity. I hope I can have that happiness someday. So happy for them.
wedding1
the wedding was so well done. Every detail from the flags on the ceiling, to the delicious food, to the photo booth was great and very vintage.
pie table
highlight for me was the pie table. Put that away for my wedding!
boquet
I caught the gorgeous bouquet.

So that was yesterday and then today I went with my dear friend Melissa to the temple for a session.  It had been a while since I went because for various reasons I got emotional last time and it was a taxing experience.  Its funny because when I worked at the temple I used to see people crying and think ‘what’s the big deal?’ and then I was one of those people. Life has a way of teaching you certain lessons that are hard, but we must never lose hope.

Anyway, I was waiting to feel emotionally strong enough to go again but I knew with Melissa’s support I’d be fine (she really is the best).  So we went and to our surprise there was a new temple video.  It was so neat.  It made me feel the spirit even more and you know what no crying!

Here’s what the deseret news says about it:

Beginning this week, a new temple film is being shown in several LDS temples.

“The new temple film is the first update in more than 20 years,” said church spokeswoman Ruth Todd. “There have been no changes to the script. English-language copies of the new film are being sent to temples over the next few weeks and will subsequently be translated into other languages.”

Mormon temple worship occurs in 141 dedicated temples around the world. It differs from regular weekly worship services that are held in thousands of local church buildings called meetinghouses. Temple worship is reserved for active church members whom local ecclesiastical leaders have recommended for their faithfulness to LDS doctrines and teachings, whereas weekly services are open to people of all ages and faiths.

Out of reverence for what Latter-day Saints consider the sacred nature of temple worship, Mormons are admonished to be circumspect about discussing the details of temple instruction.

I was moved and felt again that I am a part of the true church of Christ with His powerful covenants to lead and guide me.  I’m beyond grateful for that.  I know that if I make correct choices, repent of my sins, and keep my covenants I can make it back to Heavenly Father again and be able to serve Him forever.  This weekend reaffirmed that 100%.  I love my faith and I’m so grateful for the temple.

jordan-river-mormon-temple
The temple Melissa and I went to- Jordan River Temple

Things I am Thankful for Part II

So last Thanksgiving I posted 25 things I am thankful for– a list enompssing all of the easy gratitudes including family, friends, music, work, my apartment and more.  I have decided to make this  a tradition, so each year it will get increasingly difficult but hopefully more meaningful as well.  To aid in this endeavour I have also been posting a “Today I am thankful for..” facebook status each day for the last month or so.  Here goes!

 

I am grateful for…

1. Anna being in Utah.  We have spent a ton of time together and I’ve enjoyed all of it!

2. Festival of Trees- I love the opportunity I’ve had this year to volunteer.

3. Visits from and with friends- this year I have been able to see Raelene, Emily (3 times!), Julia and Camille to name a few.

4. Visiting teachers- Mine come and it is great!

5. Hot tubs. Nothing more relaxing.

6. Creative movies- this year has been particularly rich with Up, 500 days of summer, and Where the Wild things Are.

7. Literacy- I can’t contemplate a life without reading.

8. My computer- sometimes I feel glued to it but its hard to imagine life without it.

9. Great teachers- I had some fantastic ones growing up and in college.

10. Financial security with an uncertain time.

11. Priesthood blessings. It is a power that is so comforting.

12. Greek and Icelandic yogurt. Delicious, creamy and low in calories.

13. Cute accessories- I love making an outfit special.

14. My Madame Alexander doll collection.

15. Reality Television- I know it is scripted and ridiculous but I still enjoy it.  Particularly Project Runway.

16. Great Roommates- I have been blessed this year with Sunnie and Jenni.

17. A perfect starry sky. Now I just need to find someone to share it with!

18. Successful parties.  I have had enough bad ones to be grateful for the ones that work!

19.  Board games- favorites are Cranium, Scategories, Scrabble and Boggle.

20. Flu shots and antibacterial gel/lotion.  I hate being sick!

21. Loving Grandparents that I have had the privilege of spending time with and knowing.

22.  My cousins- particularly the ones I am closest too.  My parents always made it a priority for us to spend time together.

23.  The Ocean.  I will live by the ocean sometime in my life.

24.  The Prophet- President Thomas S. Monson.

25. Temple covenants and the comfort of knowing I will be with my family forever.

 

There are so many blessings I can’t begin to list them all.  Next year I am sure I will have a whole new set!  I love you all and am thankful for your support this year.  Happy Thanksgiving!