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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Twin Falls Temple Open House


Last fall our Stake President asked all of the families in our stake to make this summer the "summer of the family." He wanted us to plan something that would bring our family closer together and strengthen us spiritually. After praying about it, Russ and I decided to focus on the temple. We centered family home evenings for the last months on different aspects of the temple. We truly felt the Spirit prompt us with ideas to be able to teach our children in ways they could understand and learn to love the temple and start gaining their own testimonies of it. Our desire was to help prepare our children to attend the Twin Falls Temple Open House as the highlight of our summer. We took our children last week and had an amazingly beautiful experience. They were so excited to be able to go inside before it was dedicated. It was wonderful to see them remember things and understand things we had talked about. What a beautiful experience to be able to be with our children for the first time in the temple and to reflect on the things of eternity. I have a testimony of the temple. I am grateful I have had the opportunity to make personal covenants with the Lord. I am grateful to know that I can be with my family forever if we keep the covenants we have made. Without my family, there would be no true happiness. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me, and I know that my Savior, Jesus Christ, died for me that I might live with Him again someday. I am grateful for the gospel-for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and for the plan of happiness that it holds. My life is truly blessed.




5 comments:

The Gidley's said...

I LOVE the picture of the kids looking at the temple. Can I use it in Primary some time? You guys are great parents. Hug those little "pulchritudinous" kiddies for me. Love ~ Aunt Diane

Jared Autrey said...

Cool pictures, guys! We wish we could have made it up for the open house. Thanks for your great examples!

Evans' Family said...

Did you purposely choose the kids clothes to match the sky and clouds? Seriously, such a wonderful picture! Thanks for sharing. Jen.

Dan and Phyllis Jones said...

I am in awe of how wonderful you all are. I love you so much , and am so proud of how you are raising your family,Dana, I am so greatful that you married my wonderful son. Thank you for your testimony.

Ceri said...

Dana, you look AMAZING! I am so glad that you got to do your temple trip summer stuff! That was a great FHE idea - You're a super MOM!
Ceri
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