Last Wednesday, I had the privilege to go thru the Oakland Temple and what a remarkable experience it was. I was surrounded by so many loved ones and felt the love from those who were not able to make it. Looking over and seeing my Mom, Dad and those who were there to support me is another confirmation of how true this church is. Going thru the temple is such a personal and sacred experience, but I wanted to share just a few brief thoughts. I felt so at home as I entered the temple, it just kind of clicked in my head; everything made sense. It is simple really. I feel honored to have been able to make further covenants with my Heavenly Father. I know I now have a greater responsibility, but I also know that as I keep the commandments I will be able to fulfill God's plan for me. Sitting in the temple brought so much peace to my soul as I reflected on my life. I have so many exciting things coming up and I get so caught up in all the craziness sometimes that I forget why I am serving a mission in the first place. The clothes, the packing, the language, the logistics, don't really matter; my spiritual preparation to teach the truth to God's children is where I need to focus my attention. I am going to Chile to bring people true happiness. I need to prepare myself to meet the people who need me to show them the way. The temple has changed my perspective on a lot of things. It made me realize how dumb some of the things I stress over are and how stupid it is to look at my phone for 15 minutes before bed instead of reading my scriptures. The temple has helped me to realign my priorities. I love the temple. I know it is God's home on earth, the spirit testifies that to me when I enter the doors. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church. I love this gospel with all of my being.
|These two lovely people have been the ultimate example to me. I owe my life to them.|