My fiance, David, and I love to travel. A few weeks ago we went to Orlando, Florida for my birthday. Along with our passion to explore different places, we also want to explore the different temples. We flew into Orlando at 5 in the morning, picked up our rental car by 5:30, made it to the temple by 6 a.m. and we were so excited to be there. We walked into the temple hoping to do baptisms for the dead (neither of us are endowed yet) and we didn’t even realize that we would need our own family names in order to do baptisms there.
Coming from Utah, we were used to the temple having a list of names that we can use to do temple work. Utah temples also typically have at least a two hour wait in order to do baptisms on a busy day. When we walked into the Orlando temple we were surprised to find that they didn’t have any names for us. Not wanting to turn us away, they told us that we could wait two hours until a group came in with family names and we would be able to do some of their work with them.
Used to a two hour wait, we decided that this would be no different and we camped out in the lobby. I found that waiting in a temple with very few people is only a little different than waiting in a temple at max capacity. During those two hours and the time that we were able to do baptisms I felt so blessed to have this experience because there are gospel principles that I often take for granted. These are four blessings I felt while waiting in the temple.
The Spirit is the Same Everywhere
I have always felt blessed to know that no matter where we go, the gospel is the same. When we were in the Orlando temple I felt so blessed that the spirit was the same. Every time that I hear the same words and feel the same spirit it restores my confidence in the fact that God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Time Moves Different in the Temple
Although a two hour wait can seem like a long time, the slower pace gives my mind a chance to take a break and be thankful. We live in such a fast-paced world and there are very few places I feel like I can just marvel in all of the amazing blessings that Heavenly Father has given me. Two hours in the temple seems to go by two quickly.
The Worth of Souls is Great in the Eyes of God
The only people doing baptisms were David and I and a family from Sri Lanka. The temple president had us sit in the chapel for a minute and he talked to us about the significance of baptism. He asked us to think of each person individually as we were doing their work and to truly remember how much God loves each and every single one of us. I really focused on the names of each person and the blessings of baptism. The work we do in the temple is amazing. We first make promises with the Lord for ourselves and then we are able to bless the lives of others. Heavenly Father wants each and every single one of us to come back to Him and we have the power to aid in that great work.
Families Are Forever
When David was first investigating the church he was so drawn in by the emphasis put on family in the church. He loves that families can be together forever but he was afraid that his mother, a devout Catholic, and the rest of his family wouldn’t be able to join him. Through temple work he has been able to understand that his family will have the chance to accept the gospel in either this life or the next. This has been such a comfort to David and as we start our family together it comforts us to know that we will have each other for all eternity.
Every time I go to the temple I have a new appreciation for the blessings of the gospel. I am so blessed to be able to attend the temple frequently, I know that families are forever, that God loves us individually and that He is the same yesterday, today and forever.