One of the great things about living in Utah is the ability to look out my back deck and see no fewer than 4 temples on a clear day. We are truly blessed that we are within public transit distance when many people around the world will need to get on a plane or long bus/car ride to get to a temple. I have never been inside a dedicated temple but have been able to attend 3 tours of temples built around the Salt Lake Valley.
The Ogden temple was beautiful and I loved watching my children walk through. Little Aria was full of questions and praise for the beauty and little Alex was a hit with all the Sister Ushers. I was impressed by how well-behaved they were, other than a small incident with a door center post and a Homer Simpson “Doh” by Alex. I know that even though the temple is not dedicated the spirit was strong and these kids picked up on how sacred this building would be and were uncharacteristically (That is a BIG word) well-behaved. I had a strong sense of the spirit and for a lack of a better word, urgency, as I walked through its beautiful halls.
I am excited for the experience to be sealed to my family, and to be able to do the sacred ordinances for those spirits that are waiting for them to be performed on their behalf. To receive my children into the sacred covenant that we make with God so that this life is not the end of the family I try so hard to take care of. I hope be a good example of what type of father they should be or what they should look for in a husband. I strive to be as good of an example as my wife is to our children.
I was impressed by the volunteers serving as ushers and the missionaries working on the tour. They seemed to enjoy watching people walk through the temple, the smiles were genuine, patient, and plentiful. They all served of examples of what service and missionary work is all about.
If you are ever able to I strongly recommend attending a Temple open house. It does not matter if you are a member or not it is a great experience and you may be surprised that your misgivings of the church are lessened.
I leave you with my testimony that I know that The Church of Jesus Christ is the true church, and that Christ’s true and complete gospel was returned to the earth due to Joseph Smiths efforts under the direct commandments of Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. And through Jesus we can return to live with our Father in Heaven and continue to grow and learn. We are blessed by the atoning sacrifice of our savior and we will be resurrected and will be greeted by those that have gone before us in a joyful reunion that will be everlasting. I testify these things to you in the name of Our Lord and Redeeming Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.