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Monday, September 17, 2012

Two Temples in 48 Hours...

... makes for an excellent weekend. 

When I went through the temple, I decided I wanted to do a "Temple Tour". My best friend, McKinzi, lives in St. George and since that's only an hour and a half away from Las Vegas, we decided that I'd come down for a weekend sometime and visit both temples.

Well this past weekend we made it happen. I don't think the timing could've worked out more perfectly. It was so much fun to see her one more time before she has her baby girl, and to get away from the stress I've been feeling since starting the service mission (more on that in the next post).

McKinzi was a bum and wouldn't get in the picture with me. But in her defense- no one else was around to take it for us. And since she's 9 months pregnant... I let it slide and just let her take a picture of me. I wanted something to remember it by. Hmmm, maybe I'll get a picture at each temple I visit. I like that idea... a lot.
St. George Temple
Las Vegas Temple
*Note I wore red to show my support for the Utes... GO UTES!
So far, the Las Vegas celestial room is my favorite I've been in. It was GORGEOUS! Not that all celestial rooms aren't beautiful, because they are. But the Las Vegas celestial room literally took my breath away. McKinzi and I stayed in there for an hour just talking and enjoying the spirit that is so easily felt there.

Funny story while in Las Vegas: After the session we were both starving for dinner. So we looked on the GPS and chose a place called Carmine's Italian Cafe. I figured- why not be a little adventurous and try something new? So we're driving, and as I'm being directed to turn into a residential neighborhood I start to just laugh, but figure- who knows maybe this is a short cut or something. McKinzi on the other hand, says "Oh my gosh, it's going to be some podunk place out of someone's garage!" Sure enough, we pull in front of a cul-de-sac with no sign of an Italian cafe anywhere. Oh my heck, we both died laughing in the car. Needless to say- we pulled off to the side of the road and promptly chose Applebee's instead... a place we both knew existed! Made for a great memory I'll cherish for years to come though! 

I love going to the temple for so many reasons. I loving feeling the calm and peace found there. The world is so loud, and I love the contrast the temple offers. I love that I am an equal in the temple. I love that I don't care that I'm physically disabled while in the temple. I do my best with the abilities I have with my body, and I know that that's enough. I love the eternal perspective I gain when I'm there. I love the motivation I feel to be a better person after going to the temple. I love feeling the Spirit and feeling more deeply that God loves me because I am His daughter. I'm so grateful to live in such close proximity to so many temples and I look forward to the opportunities of visiting those temples in the near future.


  1. I'm glad that you had a good time. Sounds like a fun weekend.

  2. How did I not know that this even happened? That's Rad! Now I want to go to the Vegas temple. Roadtrip? And the story about the restaurant cracked me right up!