Saturday, April 05, 2008

Large Life Moments

I had the opportunity this week to attend an LDS (Latter-Day Saint) Temple this week to do the work for my little man, Joey. For those of you that are not members of the Mormon church, temples are places of worship in which we make sacred covenants with the Lord to obey certain promises, and in return we receive promises predicated on our obedience to those laws.

In our first attendance as adults to the temple we make those commitments and receive promises for ourselves. After that we stand as proxy for those who have passed, completing their work as living beings. And then we believe that they are allowed to make those same commitments and choices and receive those same blessings (if they are willing and obedient) in the next life. It is always a choice on their part. It is a beautiful continuation of eternal laws and promises.

So this week I watched as my husband stood as proxy for Joey, allowing him to make those same commitments. And I stood as a relative of another person. It was an emotional day for me as I knew that my little man would be in attendance at the temple. I have been looking forward to having us all in one place again.

It was a beautiful experience and as we sat in the Celestial Room, which is a peaceful, quiet room in the temple. We sat and I felt such peace. It is a significant experience in an LDS person's life to go to the temple to do their own work. I, of course, wished that Joey could have gone as an adult and done the work himself. But I truly believe that Joey's life and death have always been in the Lord's hands. It does me no good to imagine or wish him here because he received a great gift in returning to his Heavenly Father. I am so grateful that Joey lived a righteous life and was able to receive his endowments before the year mark of his passing. What a good boy he was and what a good man I am sure he is now.

I love you, Joey!

For more information about the Temple you can read here: Temples and Families or you can visit www.lds.org to learn more about the Mormon or Latter-Day Saint beliefs.

3 comments:

  1. It was so good to see you there on Thursday. I thought about you and your husband and your sweet son all day.

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  2. What a beautiful experience for you all. Thank you for sharing such a sacred moment for your family. Congratulations!

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  3. I have read your blog many times and kept a personal note on how your family has been doing over the past year. I am a member of the church, and I am so grateful for your sweet and simple explanation of the temple and what it's purpose is. What a wonderful and tender experience to share with your family, and what a blessing to your sweet Joey.

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