Sunday, May 15, 2011

A day I'll never forget

This past friday I had to privilege and opportunity to receive my endowments in the beautiful Los Angeles temple.  I originally was to go through the San Diego temple, which happens to only be 20 minutes away from where I live and my favorite temple.  But certain circumstances lead me to the LA temple and I am so glad they did.  What a magnificent and breathtaking House of the Lord!  It's grandeur and design was truly palatial, fit for the King of Kings. My mom was my escort and my Grandfather Ted and Auntie Val accompanied us for the early morning session.

While the ordinances that take place in the temple are to be kept sacred and not talked about outside of the temple, I will say that receiving my endowments was a truly spiritual and gratifying experience that I will cherish forever.  The road to the temple is steep as Satan tries his best to keep God's sons and daughters from entering because of falling to temptation and sin. But I can testify that obedience and faithfulness to rise above the swirling darkness all around us in this frail mortal existence is more than worth it. So much joy, peace, growth, and understanding comes specifically from entering and attending the temple.

My dear friend Shauna gave me this quote about the temple a few days before I went through:

"Your Endowment is to receive all those ordinances in the House of the Lord, which are necessary for you, to enable you to walk back to the presence of the Father, passing the angels who stand as sentinels, being enabled to give them the key words, the signs and tokens, pertaining to the Holy Priesthood, and gain your eternal exaltation."

Auntie Val, me, Grandpa Ted (favorite pal), mom

If I never went through LA I wouldn't have met Eric Bateman, a Pacific Northwest Native! He has an accomplished doctor for a brother, Michael Bateman, who lives in none other than University Place, WA (mission home location). Such a small world.

I've already made arrangements to attend a session Tuesday evening in the San Diego temple. Cannot wait to go back.

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