Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Picture from Nauvoo

One of my goals for young women's was to finish reading the Book of Mormon before I took Meridith's name through the temple. On Wednesday night Rick, Brett and Brittany went to the temple to do some baptismal work for our families. I went to the Family Living Center and talked with some of the people there before they closed. They were getting ready to do a play that evening, which we got to see. It was good. I sat by the Scovil Bakery and finished reading the Book of Mormon and Calan slept. What a great feeling to have finished my goal of reading. I am so grateful for the Book of Mormon, I learned alot this time. I understood how it is really written for us now. I can see how pride destroys us in a very short space of time. Satan is very good at that.
This picture of Brett and Brittany and Calan was taken on Thursday night, after we toured Carthage Jail. We drove back to Nauvoo to see the temple again, I am so thankful for the temple and the blessing that receive there. I am thankful that Brett and Brittany and Calan were there to spend this sacred time with us. What a blessing to know that this little family is sealed together forever.
This picture of the flower was taken when we came out of the temple after doing our families temple work. Rick took it, Meridith's favorite color was pink. I love this picture, it was a beautiful day. I am thankful for the privilege of being Meridith's mother. Thankful that Heavenly Father trusted Rick and I to teach her the gospel and prepare her to return home. We would never be ready to send her home, but he knew she finished her work here, and so did she, her last week was filled with seeing those that she loved. I know that she loves her siblings and wants for them to return to be with her.

Nauvoo is a beautiful place, I think of the sacrifices that the early Saints made on our behalf. Many of them lost children, husbands, parents and some even lost their entire families. They remained faithful so that they could be together forever. I too and thankful for their sacrifices and hard work and dedication so that this gospel is here for us to have in our lives today.
We need to keep the temple as our goal even for us who have been through the temple. Sister Elaine Dalton said compare it to walking around the temple but never going inside. It may be beautiful while it is in sight, but to really fulfill God's plan for his children on earth you have to go inside.


Cee Cee said...

What an amazing trip! So glad you got to do it together:) What a beautiful and historically rich place...hopefully we will get to travel there...someday:)

txmommy said...

What a beautiful picture. I am sure Meridith was there and ready to receive her eternal ordinances. She is a wonderful young woman.

Rach said...

Wow, what a wonderful and meaningful trip for your family. I love the picture of the flower with the temple in the background.

marcia@joyismygoal said...

:) hugs what a great time

I have a good life said...

That whole post is beautiful. I love the pink flower with the temple in the background. How beautiful are the temples, inside and out, and especially the ordinances performed. What a beautiful trip!

nikko said...

Your pictures are so beautiful. How wonderful that you got to do Meridith's work for her. :o)