Spy Kids for the Temple

Barrett: “My mama loved me so much she adopted me.”
Anber: “Well, she loved me first. I got adopted first.”
Alex: “No, I did! I was first!”
Anber: “You were here first. But I got adopted first.”
Kirk: “Oh, that’s right, she’s telling the truth.”
Alex: “But I was a funny baby. You were a mean baby, Anber.”
Anber: “I was a mean baby because I was so mad at my other mom who makes bad choices. I am not even speaking to her right now. I have nothing left to say. I already told her everything. That’s how it is.”
Alex: “You don’t have to say anything, sweet baby. Just pretend you are shy. Being shy is better than hitting.”
Anber: “Being shy is better than hitting.”
Mary: “But even if our other moms make really bad choices, and even if it makes us sad, our new mommy loves us so much she will adopt us.”
Barrett: “She adopts us even if we are naughty. Even if we poop in our pants. Because she loves us so much.”
Anber: “Well, mama loves us a lot. But we don’t always make good choices. Sometimes we make bad choices. This family is not a screaming family. This family is not a hitting family. Getting adopted is really hard work. I don’t think there is enough love for that, even if you try hard. Because some kids are really mean babies. Mama loves us a lot. But she adopted us because she has a testimony of temples.”
Alex: “Yeah, mama loves the temple. Because it’s really that real, you guys. So after you get adopted, you go get sealed, and that’s when you fall in love with each other.”
Kirk: “Because that’s when you become a real family.”
Mary: “A family forever and ever.”
Barrett: “Even if you poop in your pants.”
Alex: “You really got to stop that, buddy. You don’t want to get sealed to your poop. That’s gross.”
Mary: “One time, my grandpa took me shopping for shoes.”
Kirk: “That’s not even what we are talking about, Mary! We are talking about temples!”
Anber: “We are talking about adoption!”
Alex: “We are talking about Mama loves us!”
Mary: “Mama is a temple for us.”
Barrett: “We are not talking about poop right now.”
Alex:  “The baby smells like poop.”
Anber:  “My baby sister will get adopted if she gets a testimony of the temple.”
Mary:  “She has one. That’s why she is still alive.”
Anber:  “That’s true.  She was my friend before we got born, and she was so shiny I almost couldn’t look at her.”
Mary:  “That’s why everyone looks at her now, because it’s the first time they can see her.”
Alex:  “Yeah, because everyone could not see her before, because she was shiny like Jesus.”
Kirk:  “So shiny you couldn’t even see her almost.”
Anber:  “Yeah, I remember that.  She was beautiful.  And she loved the Savior so much.”
Alex:  “And us.  I remember that, too. Remember how much she loved our family?”
Kirk:  “Yeah, so we should keep trying. We need to get to the temple.”
Mary:  “We have to be a family forever because the baby said we can do it. She told us to!”
Anber:  “But we aren’t supposed to talk about it, remember that?  We can just feel her love us, but it’s too much for talking about it.”
Alex:  “We’ll just be shy about it, but everyone will know our family loves the temple.”
Anber:  “We love the temple so much, that’s what we will say.”
Kirk:  “Sometimes, when things are too special for talking about, we just say we love the temple so much.”
Alex:  “It makes us spy kids.”
Barrett:  “Yeah, spy kids!  At the temple! For adoption!”
Mary:  “We will be adopted at the temple, and be a family forever and ever! It will make us shiny as the baby, if we learn to make good choices.”
*Van full of cheering*

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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