Sunday, May 26, 2013

to the future

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes that families can be together forever. We believe that this can happen through the Temple, the house of God. There is what we call the sealing ordinance. A husband and wife can be sealed to be together for time and all eternity. We don't believe that the family ends at death.

That being said, I had the opportunity to participate in sealings yesterday. One of the beautiful things about the Temple is that we can perform these ordinances for those who have passed on and did not recieve the opportunity in this life.
(Side note, when we perform these ordinances we feel that the individual still has to accept them and accept Christ)

I was able to stand in as a daughter a few times. I was able to help a family who has passed on find each other again and stay together forever.

Needless to say this was one of the most spiritual experiences of my life. 

I don't have this blessing. I am not sealed to my family.

As I was being proxy for these daughters the man standing in as their father would look at me, just as I imagine a father would look at his daughter. You could tell that he knew the power of the sealing ordinance and that he wanted to make it a beautiful experience not just for himself, me, his wife, or any of the other people in the room but for the individuals we were performing the ordinance for.

As he smiled at me I caught myself thinking(hoping) it was my reality. I wanted to give him a big hug and say"can you be my dad?"

I've never in my life wanted a father more than I did during that temple session.

We're always told that we need to be married (sealed) in the Temple but I don't think I understood exactly the importance of that until last night. I also don't think I realized how much I've missed out on not having this blessing.

But, you know what? I do have a father,  a heavenly one who loves me unconditionally. And I know that I will live with him again, I have that promise.

When you have the blessing of being sealed to your family you can't quite understand what it feels like to listen to those promises and know , right now, you don't have them. You don't have the sure knowledge that you will be with your family again. 

To all those who have this blessing, thank your parents. Do NOT take this blessing for granted

I didn't comprehend how much I wanted a forever family until last night. And although my past is uncertain and perhaps even my present, my future is not. I know, oh I know that my children will never have to feel what I did last night. They will be sealed to me because, when the time comes I will make the right, but hard, decision at the right time and in the right place- the Temple.

Last night was one of the most spiritual yet heartbreaking experiences of my life, I am so grateful for it.

I know now I can testify to those I teach that the sealing ordinance does allow families to be together forever. It's a blessing I want and I know others will too.

I love the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I know our message is one of love. You can have eternal life and be with your loved ones forever through Jesus Christ. 

4 comments:

  1. You are a very smart, wonderful young lady. Never forget this moment and how you feel right now. I am so proud of who you have become. Love you, Hunter.

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  2. Hunter, that was great! Thanks for sharing. I too had heartbreak for a long time. After Carl and I were sealed in the Temple in 2007. It would be 6 years before the boys would be sealed to us. We got to do this last September. It was one of the most special moments of my life. It left such an imprint on me and my children. I cannot really describe the feeling that I could see Clayton and Michael felt. Their countenence said it all. They were so filled with the spirit that they were almost speechless. At some moments, all they could do was cry. You asked me about that when you and I went to the Temple. I couldn't really describe it. But reading your post, I was able to recall that moment and the memories and why it's hard for me to talk about. It's because it was so special. Hearing your thoughts, makes me think, this may be the feelings they felt that they don't know how to put into words.

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  3. Thanks for sharing Shannon. I'm sure your sons will treasure that experience forever.

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  4. I love that you had this experience and I love that you shared it! Sometimes the best experiences are the ones that are so wonderful yet so heartbreaking at the same time.

    :)

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