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.