Katy B. is a wife, a mother, a writer, a music lover, a blogger, a photographer and an overall enjoyer of life. Her family is everything to her! I met Katy through MMB and have really enjoyed what she has to say on her blog Our Daisy Life. I also admire her personal dedication to come unto Christ. I'm so glad that she accepted my invitation to come talk to us today.
"The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave"
- The Family: A Proclamation to the World
I remember the first time I went inside the temple. I had just turned twelve years old and was going with my mutal group to do baptisims for the dead. It was on a wednesday afternoon that I entered the house of the Lord. It was so beautiful. But I couldn't shake the nervousness I felt inside.
After being ushered into a room that looked like a small version of our chapel at church, I sat down with the other girls that had come with me....some of them I knew....most I did not. I tried to stare straight ahead and focus on the music that was softly being played by an organ at the front of the room. I tried to look at the beautiful artwork displayed on the walls. I tried to feel the spirit of what I was about to do. Perform sacred ordinances for those that left this earthlife without having them done. I found my eyes stareing blankly at my tightly folded hands in my lap. Something in my mind just wasn't connecting with my heart.
Then I heard her voice.
I looked up and saw her face.
She was wearing a white dress that came in a close second to the brightness I saw in her eyes.
I immediately stood up and went to her, wrapping my arms tightly around her waist as her lips kissed the top of my head.
My grandmother was with me in the temple.
As a temple worker, she had been in another part of the temple doing service and had been told by a friend of hers who had been working in the baptistry where I was, that my ward group was there. So she rushed to where I was to see me.
We whispered "hellos" and "how are yous" to each other. She was so excited to be with me the first time I set foot in the house of the Lord. And that is when it all clicked. I felt my heart and head connect in understanding. The work I was going to do was a part of Heavenly Fathers plan. To unite families beyond the grave. To make bonds unbroken with loved ones. Just as I was able to feel my Grandmother's arms around me, others were waiting for me to do there work so that they too could embrace their loved ones.
Little did I know then, that would be the only time I would be with my Grandmother in the temple. She passed away four years later.
But on the day I walked into the temple to take out my own endowments, I felt her there.
And when I was sealed to my husband, she was there.
And every time since then, she has been there with me.
I still remember her smile, her bright countenance, her unfailing love for me and for her Savior...her spirit comes to me when I walk in those sacred doors of the temple. And one day when my children prepare to walk into the doors of the Temple, I will tell them of her. I will share with them my testimony of temple work, how it unites families for eternity. How it helps us come unto Christ. And my children will see my testimony of temple work shining in my eyes as I saw it in my Grandmother's all those years ago.
Thanks for sharing your testimony with us, Katy!
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