Going to the Temple

Since my last post, I’ve been doing great!  I feel that I have been blessed with a wonder wife, precious children and great friends.  About two weeks ago while thinking I was going to work through the night, I had the impression to call my wife up and ask her to go get our temple recommends.

We showed up unannounced at our church thinking it was going to take 15 minutes like I’ve also heard in Priesthood it would take.

Ooops!

It looks like if it’s your first time for a temple recommend the Bishop would take extra time to talk and meet with you about it.  We found that out as I waited for my wife for about 45 minutes with my kids.  We also had delayed a Bishopric meeting that they were going to have, but the brethren didn’t seem to mind too much as they were hanging out and having a good time.

After my wife came out of his office, it was my turn and it took about 20 minutes or so as he talked to me.  We have our temple recommends signed by ourselves and our Bishop and we now only need to meet with our Stake President.  Our Bishop also wanted to meet with us again to talk about things with us as a couple that Sunday.

That Sunday evening we met with our Bishop and talked about some wonderful things.  Afterwards,  I called on Sunday to make an appointment with the Stake President but never heard back from the Stake Secretary.

That Monday morning I spoke with my boss about getting a week off since I have been working non stop, six days a week, since the beginning of the year…and “I was going to get remarried to my wife…sealed in the Temple.”    I wanted to  spend time with my children, to study the scriptures and ponder things and concentrate on spiritual things.

My wife called on Wednesday to see if we could get a hold of him.  He told her that he would call her back on Friday so we could meet with the Stake President on Saturday.

It was a long week.

Friday came and gone without a call.  Saturday came and I anxiously awaited until about 10am.  I then called him and left a message.  I never heard back from him until about 6pm.  I was worried the whole day thinking he had forgotten about us and that we wouldn’t be able to go and get our Endowments and Sealing next Saturday.  And that I’d have a whole week of time off of work to feel disappointed.

Since he finally called back,  tomorrow morning at 9am we have an appointment with our Stake President and I am excited that we are a step closer to things.

I am glad that I am writing this post, because it just occurred to me that it would be a good idea to bring our recommends in for him to sign!

I am greatful for the blessings in my life.

Proposition 8 – Protect Marriage

In 1995 a Proclamation to the World was given by the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

We…solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.

In the year 2000, California voters passed a law saying that a marriage in California is between a man and a woman.

Earlier this year, four judges based in San Francisco wrongly overturned the people’s vote, legalizing same-sex marriage.  Why is this so important?

Heavenly Father’s Plan of Happiness is under attack!  He has a plan for the happiness of all who live on the earth.   The birth of children in loving families is central to His plan. The first commandment He gave to Adam and Eve was:

Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth” (Genesis 1:28)

Further more, in the Proclamation to the World, it states:

The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity.

The Lord spoke to Moses concerning homosexuality:

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. (Leviticus 18:22)

and

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination (Leviticus 20:13)

Besides being against Heavenly Father’s plan, same sex marriage has grave consequences. Public schools are required to teach the role of marriage in society as part of the curriculum.  Schools will now be required to teach students that gay marriage is the same as traditional marriage, starting with kindergartners, our very young children. By saying that a marriage is between “any two persons” rather than between a man and a woman.  Marriage is something sacred between a man and a woman and should not be taken casually.

Another issue, as Parents, we have a right to teach children about relationships according to their own values and beliefs.  When Massachusetts had legalized gay marriage, schools began teaching young children that boys can marry other boys. The courts ruled that parents had no right to object.

See how it is affecting children at school here in this video: click here.

Information and Links on this issue:

If you are in California, you must vote YES on Proposition 8!  If you are not in California and know someone who is, please let them know why this measure is so important.

Truth Restored on YouTube

I remember visiting mormon.org a few months ago and I believe this is the same woman (Jennifer) that impressed me with what she had to say. Click here to view the video on mormon.org.

More of what she has to say has been posted up on YouTube a few hours ago, here they are:

Jennifer: Return to be with God

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Jennifer: Marriage is Eternal

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The next video is about Oscar, a Mormon who talks about his mother passing away when he was five years old. Even though it was not enough time for them to be together, he knows that families can be eternal and that he will see her again.

Oscar: Families Should Be Eternal

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The final video is Issiah speaking about his observations of life. The monotonousness of life, the tragedies on this world and seeing the misery around him makes him realize that there has to be more to life. And I believe he is right, there is!

More to Life Than This

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These are very good videos about the questions that everyone has in life. I am glad to see the Church putting these up on YouTube to share with everyone.