Saturday, August 15, 2015

A Touching Experience Today in the Temple

I had a wonderful experience as a temple worker today.

1) There was a young woman who was doing an endowment session for the first time - going through for herself. She is 23 years old and is NOT going on a mission or getting married. She simply wanted to go to the temple now. That is happening more and more now (single, non-missionary women being allowed to go much earlier than in the past), and I think that is an excellent thing.

2) Her parents and grandparents were able to participate in the session, and it was heartwarming to see - especially at the veil, as her grandmother helped her on one side and her grandfather helped her on the other side. It really was touching.

3) Her grandfather is quite hard of hearing, so the Temple President stood next to him at the veil, listened, and motioned to him each time his granddaughter said her part on the other side of the veil. He couldn't hear what his granddaughter was whispering, but he was able to be involved in an intimate way that would not have been possible otherwise. Watching that was the highlight of the day for me - and one of my favorite memories so far in the temple that did not involve my own family.

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