Temple Day

We belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  For us, that means our church building we attend every Sunday is called the chapel.  We take Sacrament there, and listen to talks, and sing songs in a very modest and simple service before scampering off to Sunday School.

But we also have holy temples, where we do sacred ordinances to seal families together.  This is where we go to get married, so that there is no “until death do us part”.  It is where we brought the children after they were adopted, so that even when any of us die, we can still be a family.  Even after death, like when my mom was killed, I could do ordinances for her so the ordinances were completed in mortality – though she still gets the choices to accept them in her behalf or not.  But our temples are quiet places of worship, and special places where we come to pray and offer our thanks and give service as well.

Our closest temple is in Oklahoma City.

It was a lovely thing to come today, this beautiful and crisp day after the storms, to thank Heavenly Father for so much protection from the storms of life and so much provision through impossible times.

We have to have a temple recommend to get inside, the way you have to have a driver’s license to drive.  We get this in an interview with our bishop, during which we talk about covenant keeping.  Heavenly Father provided salvation for all of us through what the Savior did for us, and the way we live our lives gives evidence of our accepting that gift.  We don’t earn salvation, but being faithful back to Him is a natural response when He has done so much for us!  We pay our tithing, remain faithful to our spouse, do not use pornography, do not smoke or drink alcohol or use drugs, we serve in our callings (as our church does not have paid clergy, so we all take turns in different roles), and we are asked to be honest and do honest work and be kind to others.

Nathan and I take turns inside, while the other plays with the children.  We have so many fun family traditions, from songs to stories, and from flowers to fountains.  And always the ladybugs!   It is always a special day when we get to come to the temple!

Soon our temple will be closing for about two years for renovations, and during that time we will have to go all the way to Dallas or St. Louis or Kansas City for our temple trips!
But when it re-opens, there will be several weeks that it is completely open to the public!  Anyone can go tour just to see!  Please remember this, and go see while you can!  I will post reminders, of course, because it is so exciting to have opportunity to share.

After the open house, we will have a special meeting where the temple is rededicated as a holy place again, and then we will need our temple recommends – and the daily spiritual preparation that requires – to get inside once more.

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.


Temple Day — 3 Comments

  1. Such beautiful pictures on a picture-perfect day! We live reading about your family and their adventures. Two years is a long time for the temple to be closed. Are they doing a remodel? Making it larger?

    I have many fond memories driving to Dallas Temple before the OKC temple was built. It takes a bit more planning to get there but makes a fun overnight trip.