The Temple

A few weeks ago, on December 6th, I had the opportunity to go to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple and take out my own endowments. I wrote this on my Facebook page:

“Eleven years ago today I was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Today I had the amazing opportunity to go through the Oquirrh Mountain temple and receive my endowments, Not only am I one step closer to my mission, but I am also one step closer our Father in Heaven.”

It is amazing how much dedication and time people put into temples, from the time spent designing and building beautiful temples to the talents that people have in creating the temple inside and out. Even the time that we spend in the temple to take out our own endowments or the endowments for people who have passed without the blessing of the temple. Since my first time going through I have been able to go through the Manti, Vernal, and Timpanogos Temples.

My testimony of temple work really grew when I was about thirteen, I was involved in the Oquirrh Mountain Temple Celebration, in preparation for it the youth group I was in strived to attend the temple more often. At the end of May, after lots of practice and hard work, we were able to perform, I loved this experience! The testimony of the youth shown through their dedication in learning their dance steps or song lyrics. As I prepared myself for this event I wrote a poem. I recently stumbled upon this poem again just a few week before I was endowed. The title of the poem is The Temple (I know very unique title;) ) It reads:

I can see the Temple from my house
It’s so beautiful and pure
It’s like a painting against the mountains
It’s the most gorgeous scene to see

Being so close,
I just want to touch it
To feel the spirit rush though my body
Like wind rushing though trees

Just looking at the Temple
I feel comfortable
Like it’s a house
Because it is a house
A house of the Lord

I know this;
I will never lose my family
Because of the Temple
I will never lose them
Not even after I die

Those people who didn’t have this amazing opportunity
Through you and me
Can have this opportunity
By doing baptisms for the dead
I know there are spirits up in heaven
Shouting HURRAY!
For their baptism day

It puts a smile on my face;
A tear in my eye
When I think about the Temple
And a spirit it keeps inside

I never want to leave the Temple
I never want to say good bye
I never want it far away
I always want the Temple close to me

I am very grateful to have a temple so close, The first time I realized (In New York) I would be 3 hours way from the nearest temple, I had a little bit of anxiety because I have been always near a temple, I challenge each of you to place a picture of a Temple in your home, as a reminder of your goal to stay close to the temple at heart.