Saturday, September 20, 2008

I Love to See the Temple...

Last week I had the opportunity to go to the LDS temple for the very first time. It was a wonderful experience for me. I felt so blessed and filled with gratitude for the covenants I was able to make there. I felt such a powerful sense of peace and wholeness in this sacred building.

(Yes, these mediocre at best pictures are a result of very bad lighting)

I am so lucky to have such supportive family and friends. I especially want to say thanks (again) to my sister, Amber, who left her kids and husband (except the baby) at home in Virginia in the midst of a possibly approaching Hurricane Ike and came all the way across the country to be my escort for my first time through. I felt so loved by all the people who came to support me on this big day.

I always feel a little uncertain when it comes to things like these as far as how much of my belief to bear in such a public forum. Afterall, one's spirituality is a very personal thing. That being said, this is not only a blog, but a journal of sorts and I can't help but share what I feel and know and how that impacted my decision to go to the temple. I know the gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. I know who I am and who it is my Father in Heaven wants me to be. I feel His influence in my life and in my progress. I feel a true sense of peaceful, contented joy knowing that I am living my life in the manner He would approve of, that I am moving in the right direction. I feel that this was a natural and timely step for me. Having the opportunity to attend the temple as yet another means by which I might grow closer to my Father in Heaven and progress as a person is one of the best blessings I've ever received.

That's all. Amen. :)

12 comments:

Alice said...

Congrats my friend. I am so proud of you. Thank you for sharing a piece of testimony with the me and the blogging world. Sorry the pictures are dark. You look fab if I do say so myself.

Willis Family said...

Congrats Brooke. I swear Amber doesn't look like she has changed at all.

Wemdu Pea said...

Congrats. It sounds like it was a good experience. I like your dress! :)

Bonnie the Boss said...

I went to the temple a week or so ago and as I sat there in that beautiful sacred building I was rminded of how much we do focus on Christ. If people who oppose the church would ever go to the temples before they are dedicated they would see how Christ is the center of our lives.
Congratulations on being worthy to attend and recieve those blessings.

Jen said...

Very nice. Congrats!

Confessions of a Music Loving Bookworm said...

Congrats. We in virginia survived by the way. Glad you had a great time! <3

Ashley said...

I am so happy for you! It's such an awesome experience. I am sad I missed out on going with you but we will have to do a session when I come for a visit.

Yeah I am comig home so soon! I need to make sure I get you in for your hair. My spots are all ready filling up! See you soon!

Heidi said...

Way to go Brooke. I am so happy for you. Don't worry about the pictures they look fine. It looks like you had a ton of support. Wish I could have been there.

Stine said...

Congratulations Brooke, I'm very happy for you and proud of you.

Rie Pie said...

That's wonderful. congrats!! One day I'll be able to go through too. I'm still singing the first verse to that song...

AM said...

Loved being there for you, and me too!! Wookie survived too. He is still showing signs of the trauma, hopefully it won't last too long. Love Ya!!

silvernic said...

Way to go Idaho!!!