Although others tried to tell me it would make for a long day (and they were right, it does) I wanted to receive my endowment and get married on the same day. For some reason I felt that would make it more special, and I'm glad I did. It was a wonderful day. I felt prepared, everything felt natural and made sense, and I felt that I had come home. I hope everyone feels that way in the temple. It was an absolutely beautiful day in every way.
We were sealed by the temple president, R. Don Smith, who counseled us to keep a sense of humor, watch out for pride and selfishness, return to the temple often and always remember our prayers. That's good advice, and I think we've done pretty good with following it.
Afterwards we spent time taking pictures on the temple grounds (and eating that picnic lunch) before heading back to Hollister for the reception that evening, but that's a story for another day.
|Exiting the temple|
|Greeting those who waited outside|
|With our parents and siblings|
|With both sets of my grandparents|
I still love to see the temple, and I'm grateful I can go inside. I'm thankful for covenants and eternal families. The temple is a house of God, a place of love and beauty.