Monday, November 10, 2008

Temple Day!

So the day that I've been preparing for my whole life came on Saturday--the day I went through the temple for myself! Talk about a fantastic experience, holy cow! I loved it so so much, and I can't wait to go back. In fact, I originally was going to wait a couple weeks before coming home again, but I'm so eager to go through again that I'm making a special trip home this weekend just for that.

I was so excited that so many of my friends could be there with me. Callin was going to come too, but he had to work, and the six of us below were later joined in Chukarama by most of my other friends--Kayla, Liz, Taylor, and Fish.

I tried to have this picture of everyone first, but for some reason it came up second, so here's everyone who came through with me. It was so much fun having everyone wait in the Celestial Room for me after to congratulate me and give me hugs. Thanks everyone for all the support now and throughout all my life--it is because of you all that I was able to do this!

After, we all made the usual trip to Chuck-a-Rama to gorge ourselves on fresh rolls and thick slabs of roast beef. Carter, Ryan, and Hannah all joined us there too. Side note: Jill and Andrew were at the temple too, but they just weren't in the pictures.

What a good looking group! I'm sure going to miss everyone...
So afterward, I had a lot of people ask me how it was and what I thought. Really, the most honest thing I can say is this: it was worth everything it took to get there. I have never experienced such an overpowering confirmation of God's love as I did in the temple, and I know that He is so pleased with my decision to go on a mission. A lot of the lessons on Sunday were focused on the gathering of Israel and on missionary work in general, and I just got so excited--my heart started pounding faster, and I couldn't keep a smile off my face. I love the people of El Salvador already, and I hope that these next couple months I can prepare myself the best I can so I can serve them in the best way I possibly can.
I love this last picture of Mom and me--Mom was my escort, and I loved having her by my side through this beautiful experience. Thank you Mom, for everything you do for me: I love you so much!

1 comment:

  1. Congrats Torrie!! I know I keep saying that, but I really am happy for you and I am going to miss you so much!!


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