Tuesday, March 10, 2015

12 Oxen.

"It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea was set above upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward."- 1 James 7:25


This is where I sat a few Wednesday's ago. Well, not this exact spot in this exact baptistery. I was in the Salt Lake Temple (OBVI). I was on the train downtown on my way home, when I got off at the City Center station to return a purchase. I had been planning to make this return for a week, but for some reason or the other I wasn't able to get to it. So I got off, and started walking through the mall. Then, I turned around and started walking in the other direction. I kept walking. Through temple square, and past the sister missionaries, giving them a smile. I found myself at the doors of the baptistery, at 5:30, just early enough for the next session. I don't know how I ended up there, but I'm glad I did. It had been way too long. I made my way to the baptistery, which was chocked full with local youth as well as some older folks. I sat next to this uber cool gal, who goes to the U.

 As I sat there, I looked around the beautiful room in the Beautiful Salt Lake Temple and I had this overwhelming feeling of peace, and a surety that it was all true. I was reminded of the scripture above, and that the work we were doing in the temple was important and meaningful. With every name confirmed and baptized, the feeling of peace continued.

I realized after sitting there and praying for 10 minutes, just why I was there. I had been contemplating a life situation for days and hadn't come to a definite conclusion. We've all been there, right? Well the Temple was where I finally got my peace. I flipped through scriptures, and a few really popped out at me. One of them was in D&C. First of all, can I just say that I have really loved getting into Doctrine and Covenants this year. I think it's a book that I took for granted, as it is full of laws, rules and regulations and more recent events in Church History (which I actually like). But this year when I decided to really dive into it, I was pleasantly surprised.

Now, of course, for some reason I can't remember the verse I read. I've been searching for weeks. As hard as I've tried, I couldn't find it again!!! For real though, why is it that I find all of these awesome scriptures when I'm pondering in the Temple, and then when I leave I can't remember them?!  

It has taken weeks for me to gather my thoughts since that initial visit to the Temple. Life has a way to throw you curve balls, I am just so eternally grateful to have a knowledge of the Gospel. It has helped me so much. My life was great before I found the Church. But now, with the Gospel, it's excellent. That's what I want, an excellent life. I love that quote from Meet the Mormons (which I've seen 4 times btw): 

“I’m not close to perfection, but I’m perfect in one thing: I’m perfect in trying.” —Bishnu Adhikari (humanitarian)*


Have a great day!



Natalie



*photo and quote from lds.org