The Temple is a sacred place for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One of the core principles members of this faith hold dear is that families can be together forever through the priesthood power of God when a couple is sealed (married) in the Temple by someone who holds this power and the authority to perform the sealing.
I am a member of this faith, and because my husband and I were sealed in the Temple, we know that we will be a couple forever and that the children we have will be a part of our family forever. Since many of our ancestors were not married by someone who held this authority, we can serve as proxies for them in the Temple, and they can be sealed to one another. In addition, their children can be sealed to them, so they too can be families forever. I believe the work that goes on in the Temple is truly the work of the Lord.
My husband and I live an hour from the Washington D.C. Temple. On the evening of March 3, 2018, this Temple closed its doors for the next 2+ years (for renovations). The next closest Temple is three and a half hours away in Philadelphia. On March 2, we had the opportunity to go one final time before the Washington D.C. Temple closed. We went to serve as proxy for three ancestors who needed to be sealed to their parents.
March 2 was an incredibly windy day. So windy that the federal government was closed. Despite the wind, the Temple remained open. Because we knew the Temple was closing, we earnestly wanted to attend on this day. While we were there, the power went out. We were in the middle of serving as proxies for families being sealed together. The person officiating did not skip a beat when the power went out. He continued with the sealing and as soon as it was over, pulled out a flashlight to dimly light the room. A couple minutes later, a Temple volunteer brought an electric latern to the room where we were. We continued on with the work being performed for those who had passed on.
This experience greatly touched my heart. I was reminded that nothing will stop the work of the Lord. The sealing of families together is His work. He desires that we can be families not just in this life but for all eternity. There may be metaphorical winds in our lives that seek to knock us down. When this happens, we must trust in God. We are His children. He will help us; for we are His greatest work.
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