A good day to spend in a good place

This past Thursday was absolutely wonderful. Before I mention the temple, let me just state how much I love tithing and how grateful I am that it is now online, not only do I no longer have to wait to pay my tithing but I also no longer have to keep the tithing slips because they are now all online. Tithing is a great blessing, I know it has helped me in my life. All the Lord asks for is 1/10th of what we earn. That is little to nothing in the grand scheme of things when he has given us so many beautiful things, such as the temple.

I had the opportunity to go to the Dallas Texas Temple to help watch some kids for a family while they spent time doing a session in the temple.

We walked around the part of the grounds that was available to walk around, talked about different things in our lives, watched a few LDS videos, and did some puzzles. In fact, I even drew a lion. But one main thing struck me and stuck with me all weekend.

As we were sitting there watching the video On the Way Home, I was asked many questions. One of which was probably the most important question out of all they asked, will their family be together forever?

Even though the family in On the Way Home is a fictional one, I responded that yes they would be together forever because they all chose to be baptized into the Lord’s church and be reunited with their lost family members in the future. I was so glad that they had asked that and that I could proudly and confidently state that they would be together again and would have forever together.

There are many people who don’t understand this blessing that we have been given, but when an effort is put into understanding, that is where the truth can shine.

Maybe they already knew the answer to their question, maybe they were testing me, but whatever their reason for asking I am so grateful. They helped me realize with a surety that no matter what befalls you, there is always the opportunity to be together again, no matter how long  or how much effort it takes. Families can be together forever.

As we were watching this is reminded me of my own family. Now, we are quite different from the family in the movie because we aren’t converts, have more boys than girls in our family, and have not lost a sibling early due to an accident that caused a death. But, we are similar in the fact that we have lost someone. Not to death, no. But to a fate that might even be worse than death right now.

We have lost one of my brothers, all his life he was faithful to the gospel, he did everything he was supposed to: got his eagle, went on a mission, loved the gospel. I know he truly believed or he wouldn’t have chosen to do any of these things. However, he met a girl and she influenced him for the worse. He has stopped coming to church, has moved away, and I have seen a great change in how he interacts with us. Every once in a while, his old self will shine through proving that he hasn’t changed entirely, but this new self is not the brother I know and love. He is different.

However, this doesn’t ruin my knowledge of the gospel and how I know that no matter what he will come back. I know my brother. He doesn’t want to be stuck like this. He does want to come to church and one day I am sure he will, but that day is not today. Just as the family was angry about their sister being taken, I was angry about my brother being taken. But I have learned that no matter what, God knows what He is doing. He knows that we have worries and He knows what will come. We just need to trust in Him and He will make everything better. All things are better through Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and I sincerely believe that. I can’t wait to be truly reunited with my brother, even if it isn’t in this life. I dearly hope it will be, but if it isn’t there is a reason. Nothing happens without a reason.

This day has by far been my favorite day of the week. It brought me so much peace to just be able to spend 3 hours at the temple and I am absolutely grateful for this gorgeous building. I love the temple and I love that the plan of salvation exists for all of us. We are all children of our Heavenly Father and he truly loves each and every one of us and doesn’t want to lose any of us.

He lives in us, so let’s live for Him.

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A good day 🙂

The smile that was on my face all day, nothing could remove it and I am so grateful for the ability I have to recognize the beauty in all things, even when the temple grounds are being torn up and repaired. Nothing could stop the temple from being gorgeous, look at this picture.

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Dallas Texas Temple

  1. I love to see the temple.
    I’m going there someday
    To feel the Holy Spirit,
    To listen and to pray.
    For the temple is a house of God,
    A place of love and beauty.
    I’ll prepare myself while I am young;
    This is my sacred duty.
  2. 2. I love to see the temple.
    I’ll go inside someday.
    I’ll cov’nant with my Father;
    I’ll promise to obey.
    For the temple is a holy place
    Where we are sealed together.
    As a child of God, I’ve learned this truth:
    A fam’ly is forever.

With that, fare thee well!!

Karen Alyse

My Driver’s License Test.

So, I realize I never posted this story. It is one to pay attention to. xD

I took my test over spring break and I had been practicing a lot the day before and stuff to make sure I would get parallel parking correct.

I wake up in the morning, not super worried, my mom and I climb in the car that I’m taking the test in and we drive to the DMV.

We get the paperwork filled out, my picture taken, and pull the car into the driveway to take the test. Little did we know that the gas was all the way down. We ran out of gas in the driveway as the lady was letting another student take their test.

I. Was. Freaking. Out.

So…. we called my brother. (He always rescues us when we’re in situations like this) and asked him if he could bring some gasoline to us. He promised he would and pretty much raced all the way to where we were. He got there in about 10 minutes or so. By this time we had let the person behind us go and take their test and we filled up the car.

The road test lady let us go get more gas at the gas station down the road so that I would have some time to calm down before the test. My mom and I drove away as my brother was driving away and when we got back I was as ready to take the test as I’d ever be.

The lady climbed into the car, explained what she was going to be watching for and then asked me to show the basic principles of parallel parking (I didn’t even have to park correctly!!!! Just show the basics!!!!) I quickly did that and she then instructed me to start driving in this cul-de-sac area and then a neighborhood. When we finished with the neighborhood she had me drive back to the DMV.

On the way back we got stopped at a red light, then there was a green arrow for us to turn left. I noticed a bicyclist on the sidewalk and I couldn’t tell which way or where he was going, so I waited for him to get passed the intersection, even though people were honking at me.

I got us back to the DMV in one piece and the lady told me that I passed. I was the first one that whole day. I felt so accomplished I couldn’t stop saying thank you and that she was awesome.

I LOVE my life. I am so happy to have my license. 😀

OH! This happened on the Ides of March. So realize, the Ides might not always be a bad thing. ;D

Hehehe, Julius Caesar reference for all of my Shakespeare fans 😀 There ya go!

Fare thee well!

Karen Alyse