Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blessed

I first saw the newly renovated Ogden temple in person a week ago when I took the kids to the Treehouse Museum.  Up to that point I had seen several pictures, but standing in it's shadow took my breath away.  It looked so beautiful in person!  It made me excited for the open house.

I was hoping the open house would be a special experience for the kids.  We've spent several family night lessons talking about the temple, sharing stories, and learning more so that it wouldn't just be another activity for the kids. 

Going through the temple with my family turned out to much better than I could have hoped because as I prepared all those FHE lessons and tried to get them excited about it, I forgot how strong the spirit is in the temple, even before the dedication.  I loved showing them and teaching them and explaining the different things and reminding them to set their sights on the temple. 

For one of our family night lessons I shared with the kids the story from the July Ensign about the Philadelphia temple.  Of course it was cool that it included a former BYU football player (who also played for the Eagles and is a prominent person in the Philadelphia community) that made them a little more excited about it.  The Church had a lot of resistance from the Philadelphians when they proposed the temple.  Finally, they set a meeting with the mayor and some others to try and turn their hearts toward the temple.  In the meeting, Vai Sikahema (the football player) said: 

 “Many years ago when I was a young boy in Tonga, my father, mother, brothers, sisters, and I sold our home, sold fruit and vegetables, sold everything we could to raise enough money to travel to Hamilton, New Zealand, to be sealed as an eternal family in the temple. You need this temple. This temple will bless your city. It will bless the people.”

I loved reminding the kids of that story today, of families who give everything just to go to the temple one time!  They felt so lucky to have been able to be in the temple at their young ages.