Christmas Temple

Someone drove by and shouted, “they are closed today!”

I said, “we are here with the children. It only matters that we came.”

I mean, family history work is important, and temple ordinances are both a responsibility and a powerful gift. I do not demean that at all. I just mean that the temple being closed is not a reason not to come experience the temple and its power.

Nathan and I took turns walking and praying, and tears flowed down my cheeks to be here today, on this day of all days, with all the hope that lies in tomorrow.

Because of tomorrow, we have the resurrection, which makes cancer and baby airways irrelevant.

Because of temple ordinances by restored priesthood authority, it doesn’t matter if both your parents are gone.

Because of the atonement, I am forgiven, and my capacity to become myself is increased, and holiness is washed over me, and my life is given away in consecration.

Because of the prayers I have cried within the walls of this very temple, my life is changed and my family is found and my husband in my arms and my children gathered to me.

Because of the promises here, everything is possible.

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.


Christmas Temple — 2 Comments

  1. This is possible the MOST beautiful testimony I”ve heard or read about the temple. I so admire your faith and diligence. The way you are teaching your children to love and reverence the temple is an inspiration. Thank you for sharing.