Sunday, December 28, 2008

Our Temple Sealing

The day finally came!!
On December 19, 2008,
Brad and I were able to take these 4 beautiful children to the Mesa Temple to be sealed as a family for eternity!

I can't even describe the feelings that came over me that afternoon. As we were walking through the grounds towards the temple, I had an overwhelming sense of peace come over me. I felt a strong assuring spirit that we were doing what we were supposed to be doing.
The spirit I felt came over me so strongly, I was brought to tears and found it difficult to breathe.
Once inside the Temple, trying to keep my composure while we finished all the paper work seemed nearly impossible. There have been several times in my life that I have felt the spirit of the Lord, but none of them even came close the the overwhelming and breathtaking, nearly tangible spirit I felt at that time.
Brad and I went our separate ways to change into our white clothing, while the kids went with some of the temple workers and my mom to change into theirs. The sealer escorted both me and Brad into the sealing room before the kids were brought in. He talked to us for a little while about the sealing ordinance. Then, the kids were brought in.
It was nothing short of a celestial experience for me. To me they seemed to be glowing, all dressed in white, white bows in their hair and so peaceful. I struggled to catch my breath as I took it all in.
The veil of my remembrance was opened for me in that room.

I remembered them as I knew them before we came to this Earth.

I remembered the promise we made to each other to find each other and to become a forever family.

I remembered how much I loved them before we came here to mortality.

I remembered that our spirits were the best of friends and longed to be back with each other.

I saw them as the children of God that they are,
I saw them as our Heavenly Father sees them,
I felt His love for them
and my spirit rejoiced.

As we all knelt around the altar, hand in hand, I gazed into each of their eyes.
Each of their little, angelic faces smiled back at me and I felt their spirits tell me that they remembered our promise too.

WE ARE A FOREVER FAMILY!

11 comments:

Sarah said...

Wow. I got the holy chills just reading that Heather. What a great experience. I'm so happy for you! Best of luck!

Maranda Whittle said...

That is so neat Heather! Congrats to your family!

Julie said...

What an amazing experience. Heather-you should be a writer. You have such an amazing way of expressing yourself. You often bring me to tears. I am so happy for you and your forever family! Congratulations!

Sands...Like Sands on the Beach said...

I also got chills and a little misty reading this. Our sealing was one of the best days for me, and I can't even imagine having our children there to join us in person. You are so right, they all were truly our best friends before we came down here...
We're so happy for you guys!

Morris Mama said...

Stop making me bawl with your posts already! Kidding. Dale and I feel so blessed just to have been there witnessing it. I will always remember the look of pure joy that Kiana had on her face. Too special for words.

Carl and Amber said...

That was a very sweet story. Thank you for sharing!

Blair Family said...

Wow! What an amazing experience thanks for sharing it with us. You are just so amazing. I am proud to call you my friend. Hope you are enjoying the cold weather and the beautiful scenery/animals. Hope you have a great day. love ya!

Tanner and Shasta said...

I'm so happy for you! I'm so glad it was such an amazing day. Your kids are precious! What a beautiful family you are.

Karol Turley said...

That was a moment I will hold in my heart forever~~

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Homan Family said...

Erin insisted I look for your blog...We enjoyed hearing how things have been going and especially your temple thoughts...very heart provoking and inspiring...