4 years ago today I made a decision that would change my life forever. I made a decision that would end some relationship's and start new ones. The most important thing that happened is that this decision changed the person I was and would be for the rest of my life. 4 years ago today I went through the temple and received my own endowment.
I'll never forget getting ready that morning. I thought I would be a lot more nervous than I was, but I was so ready. I had been told stories of how I was going to think the temple was crazy, and how I'd feel like I'd be joining a cult, but " don't worry because you're making the right decision."
I can honestly tell you that if I felt like I was joining a cult I wouldn't have been calm, and I never would've gone through it. Those were not the feelings I was having. I was calm, at peace, and overwhelmed with the love my father in heaven had for me.
I remember that I wasn't expecting the temple to make sense to me, so when I went through and felt that for the 1st time in my life I truly understood my religion, I was shocked. It was an incredible feeling. Not only did I feel good, and that the things I had just been taught were true and correct, but I felt like so much of my church that had been a mystery to me, finally made perfect sense.
I'm not saying it's the right decision for everyone, but I'm thankful that I had done my research, that I was old enough and mentally prepared to go through and not just doing it for my wedding. I received my own endowment for me because it was the right time for me.
I know that because of the situation surrounding why I went through and the great experience I had is the reason I go back often, and why it still means so much to me. Every time I go I learn something new and am so grateful for the calm and peaceful whisperings from the spirit that I receive only when I am inside the temple.
As I look back to how much I've grown over these last 4 years, I'm grateful for the knowledge I've gained and the knowledge I hope to gain in the future. I'm thankful for the testimony that I received from my father in heaven on the truthfulness and sacredness of the temple, and I'm so grateful he provides a sanctuary for us in this crazy world.
So as I celebrate my temple anniversary and also my wedding anniversary I just have to say how grateful I am for the love of my Father and compassion of my Savior. I'm thankful to have the knowledge I have and look forward to gaining more through the power of the temple.
(Sorry for any weird writings or styles, I'm typing this on my mobile device.)