Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Quite an Impression

Last Friday my family had a wonderful opportunity to attend the Draper Temple open house. When I first heard about the open house, I knew I wanted to take the kids. By the time I actually got around to requesting tickets, all the Saturdays were gone, so I decided I'd take them out of school to go. After all, they go to school almost everyday, but how often do they get to walk through a temple?
So, Friday rolls around and I feel crappy. I was dizzy and nauseous. Nate ended up staying home that morning to take care of me and the kids. That was not the plan. He offered to stay with me all day or take the kids to the temple open house. While I felt like garbage, I also didn't want to miss out on the temple...so, long story short (too late) I got ready and we headed out.
By the time we got there, I was feeling much better. We started at the church to watch the video. My children were all surprisingly well behaved. Even better than a group of teenage girls sitting behind us (not that it was hard to be better than that). Then, we boarded the bus for the short ride up the mountain.
We stepped into the temple and immediately felt the spirit and reverence that was there. Once again, my children were doing great. I think it's like my friend Christie said, they just get how special that place is.
As we walked to different areas, I talked to my children about some of the important things that take place. The baptismal font where Jacob will be able to go next year, the Celestial room, and of course the sealing room. In that room, we looked at the mirrors so we could see our eternal family. It was so amazing to have all of us there together and to know that we can stay that way for all eternity.
Throughout the rest of the day my kids talked about how neat that was. How beautiful it was. Saturday night I told Brandon that we had church the next day. He was so excited and asked if it was the temple church. He wanted to go back.
It turned out to be a great day to spend with our family. I hope the impression it left on my children stays with them for a very long time. Long enough that they want to work towards an eternal family.
There was one downside to this whole thing. Nate took such good care of me, he ended up getting sick the next day.


Rachael said...

That has to be an amazing experience for Them. I still remember the first temple I got to walk through. Poor Nathan, one of the hazards of the job.

Mindy said...

Ah.. I want to see us in those mirrors too! How neat was that?! But sweet Nathan.. what a guy! (Sigh..)