"you are home here."

on september 17, 2013, i had been in seattle for four days and my parents had left two days previous. i didn't know if i could stay in seattle. i was a total wreck and i didn't know if i could bear the hard things set before me—grad school seemed so daunting and i'd never felt more alone, scared to make all of these big decisions and life leaps (not steps) on my own. i decided to go to the temple that afternoon and then if i wanted to keep going home to utah after that, i'd be close enough to the I-90 that i could just keep driving! 

i walked into the temple and instantly felt an overwhelming sense of peace. a loving temple worker walked up to me and asked if she could help me find where i needed to go. i explained with tears beginning to well up in my eyes that i'd just moved here and i'd never been to this temple. she patted me on the arm and said, "you are home. you are home here." 

how grateful i am for that momentthat moment is what kept me in seattle. it was one of those "a second for eternity" moments. my temple attendance has been what's kept me going through my life, the good times and the hard times. especially since moving here, i know i have received strength beyond my own and heavenly peace from "coming home" almost every week. how blessed we are to have glimpses of our heavenly home and our divine purpose through temple work!!

"As a result of the sacred ordinances performed in the holy house of God, no light need be permanently extinguished, no voice permanently stilled, no place in our heart permanently left vacant." —Thomas S. Monson

"Everything that occurs in the temple is uplifting and ennobling. It speaks of life here and life beyond the grave. It speaks of the importance of the individual as a child of God. It speaks of the importance of the family and the eternity of the marriage relationship." —Gordon B. Hinckley

"I should not like to contemplate an existence, especially one that is going to continue forever, if I could not enjoy that existence with those whom I love. And so we build temples in the name of the Lord." —Hugh B. Brown

"Just as the Salt Lake Temple took 40 years to build, stone by stone, you are building a virtuous life, step by step." —Mary N. Cook

"The best things are always worth finishing. 'Know ye not that ye are the temple of God?' (1 Corinthians 3:16). Most assuredly you are. As long and laborious as the effort may seem, please keep shaping and setting the stones that will make your accomplishment “a grand and imposing spectacle.” Take advantage of every opportunity to learn and grow. Dream dreams and see visions. Work toward their realization. Wait patiently when you have no other choice. Lean on your sword and rest a while, but get up and fight again. Perhaps you will not see the full meaning of your effort in your own lifetime. But your children will, or your children’s children will, until finally you, with all of them, can give the Hosanna shout."  —Jeffrey R. Holland, one of my favorite talks of all. 

1 comment:

  1. what a sweet story! I had a very similar experience in moving to DC. I was so painfully stressed about our future and the temple brought sweet peace and comfort.


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