A small while ago...back in the day it was nice enough for a warm sweater... Jay and I took the boys to the Gilbert temple open house. For some who may not know, an open house is a time reserved for anybody (LDS or not) to tour the Mormon temple before it is dedicated. Once it is dedicated to the Lord it is only available for members 12 and older who are in good standing to attend and worship. Our boys are obviously not old enough to worship inside of the temple, so this was a wonderful opportunity for them to see inside and learn more about why Temples are so special. It was an impressionable experience for both of them. Even now whenever they see a picture of ANY fancy building (including the Eiffel tower) they reply, "That's the Gerbert temple!!!"
Through temple ordinances families are sealed together throughout eternity. Having children, I can't imagine being connected to them in any other way. It is a place where we go and learn more about God's amazing plan for His children. Each time I attend, I walk away with an added measure of wisdom wisdom. What I love most about the temple is that is it a refuge from the world. It doesn't matter who I am or what I have been through when I walk through those doors. When I attend I am simply God's child whom He loves, who has infinite potential, as is every other patron there. It's all so humbling and ennobling.
For any who would like to know more about Mormon temples you can learn more HERE.