When I looked to where I was about to land, I saw a light post right in front of me. My head was almost hit. That very moment, I learned that the Holy Ghost (Spirit) is true. He watches over us. He is there to protect and to warn us of any danger that lies ahead. When we are worthy to enter the temple, we will also be worthy of the companionship of the Holy Ghost. What an honor it is to be with one of the members of the Godhead! I thank the Lord for teaching me this wonderful lesson as young as I was.
August 2008, USA
In 2012 when I returned back to BYU-Hawaii to finish my major, I applied as a volunteer temple worker. I was set apart by President Kanekoa who was a counselor to the temple president at that time. He promised that I shall never run out of spiritual and temporal resources as I fulfill valiantly my duties and responsibilities in the temple. This decision has blessed my life enormously. Up until today, I never did run out of any resources. When we put God first, every thing will work out for our good. I also learned from President Workman that "we go to the temple not to be with God, but to be like God." In the mission, we learn principles as we share and teach lessons but in the temple, it is the spirit teaching our spirits. No words needed to be uttered, only our hearts that talk to each other. My last semester at BYUH ended so beautifully when I was called to be one of the assistant coordinators for our Thursday Night Shift. I was so blessed to be given the opportunity to work with Sister Lane and Sister Enesa. They are women like unto Queen Esther. I also met lots of amazing men and women in the temple. They shared with me a portion of their light. A light defined by our Savior Jesus Christ in 3 Nephi 24:18,
"Therefore, hold up your light that it may shine unto the world. Behold I am the light which ye shall hold up—that which ye have seen me do..."
This was the longest and most memorable road trip I ever had so far. And yes, t'was with the REES FAMILY. We drove from Oregon to Idaho to UTAH!! Veyron at this time was about 3 years old and Emma was a baby, 1 year old or less? We passed by this magnificent temple along the road. The lake or river right next to it symbolizes the peace we can feel when we are inside the Lord's house. As I was admiring its exterior beauty, I remembered a lesson from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, he said, "It is not a race. It's a journey. Enjoy the moment!" There are days when I tend to focus too much on my destination and forget to appreciate what life has for me today, right now or in the present. The quality of our journey determines where we are really going. Do not hurry, slow down and love every simple detail we will encounter along the path.
6. OGDEN UTAH TEMPLE
I guess temple hopping is the best activity you could do when in Utah! The temples are just 5-10 minutes away from each other. This was where I did my first and last snow angel taught by Mr. Jake Keck! He is such a nice guy and a very good friend. We met at work in Hawaii. This temple is my symbol of what true friendship is. People come and go into our lives, but there will always be good memories to remember. Truly, wealthy is someone who has many real friends.
Yes!! The first time was with the Rees Couple!!!! I love these Joseph and Hyrum Smith statues. I told my Sister Irene that she is the Joseph of my life for she inspires me to keep my spirituality high! This temple taught me about Faith. It was built for 40 years, and when I got there I couldn't believe how glorious it is! God has blessed me with this privilege. I am very grateful to see this Holy House before I headed to my mission. My faith brought me to many beautiful places and circumstances.
I considered my return last October 2013 as a birthday and a graduation gift from my Heavenly Father. This was my first time to attend an endowment session at this temple with my mission trainee, Sister Milan and also my first time to attend the LDS General Conference live! The Mormon Tabernacle Choir was indeed heavenly. They were like angels!
I stayed with the Taylor family, and I only had morning session tickets. But me and my friend Andrea decided to try to get tickets for the afternoon sessions. We were standing outside the Conference Center waiting for a miracle when I saw a former sister missionary from my mission, Sister Mclaughlin. She invited us to sing with them as a choir to invite the spirit (despite of the rallyists around us). Meanwhile, a couple handed out tickets to us because they needed to leave. I was so happy! Truly the Lord is mindful of each of His children and by our faith-- miracles happen!
"THE FUTURE IS AS BRIGHT AS OUR FAITH!" - President Thomas S. Monson
My Mission Temple
i. words - 2 Corinthians 1:12, we talk softly and plainly
ii. modesty - is always in style. It's the way for Others to see, the kind of PERSON that lives
inside of me... We can learn how to dress virtuously and respectfully.
iii. attitude/countenance - meek and lowly of hearts.
"A merry hearth maketh a cheerful countenance". - Proverbs 15:13
Always wear a smile and never look proud!
" It's what you do that makes you beautiful"
How can we manifest our real beauty. Our righteous actions hold unfading allure.
1. Service - Mosiah 15:14-18: "And O how beautiful upon the mountains were their feet!"
2. Missionary Work through Temple Works:
a. Baptism for the dead
c. Volunteer Temple Workers
Inside the temple, we leave the world behind. We focus our thoughts on our Savior Jesus Christ.
We go to the temple not just to be with God, but to learn about Him so we can become like HIM.
If we think of Him long enough, the purity of our thoughts becomes us.
i. Chastity - Proverbs 31:10
ii. Virtuous Thoughts, "Let Virtue Garnish Thy Thoughts Unceasingly"
I attended this temple while I was doing my internship with Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.I will never forget my quest in finding its location. I took two buses. The travel was about 2.5 to 3 hours. When I got off from my last bus, I looked at the sky, I SAW ANGEL MORONI's STATUE. I followed the path leading to him. Tears started to run down on my cheeks. I was feeling so lonely at that time and now I found HOME. As I entered the Temple's gate, I felt God's embrace.
10. PROVO UTAH TEMPLE
Eccl. 3: 1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
The structure reminds me of Ogden Temple too!
I visited this temple twice this year of 2013.
The first visit was with Ate Shiela and her daughter Avery, and then Ate Ckaz, his son and Vijohn joined us on the second time around. This is a temple amidst the busy streets of Los Angeles, California. The lesson is very simple but straight to the point, "Find time to go to the temple even at the busiest time of your life!"
12. SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA TEMPLE
"If this isn't your castle, then you aren't my prince."The Right One will come...
My One True Love, My Real Prince! Oh this temple is my FAVORITE!
This temple is like a castle. Only a true prince can take you to the house of the Lord.
I have learned that Love is a choice. Marriage will not come to you unless you choose it.
When someone told you, 'I want my daughter to be like you!"
This is the temple amidst the desert-- exactly what the temple represents in my life. The temple is like an oasis. It sustains me and lifts me high so I can continue my journey here on this earth with perfect brightness of Hope. Every time I go to the temple, it reminds me of the kind of life I want to have eternally in the next life. It gives courage when I am about to give up.
---that was the best compliment ever BUT then in my mind I was like..
"OH NO!" you don't know what you're saying or you're kidding yah?
I often ask myself every time I am inside the temple,
"Do you want to live like this forever?"
So do not settle for less neither grab instant joy and satisfaction.
The Road to Exaltation is never Mediocrity.
|Me and Caitlyn ( the daughter of my roomie)|
at an LDS Chapel in Vegas.