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

Something I found funny

This is a story my friend wrote and posted on his FaceBook page as a status, this is EXACTLY what he wrote, word for word:

“If you’re going to read any of this you have to read the whole thing. Commit. Or at least get to the part where Mirabelle is introduced and then skip to the last sentence. It’s pretty good anyway. And yes, I wrote it.

Just as the last vividly colored papery leaf of autumn fell from its now barren tree, the white powder of winter began to fall as well, gently covering the streets of Paris, France in a white fluffy blanket of snow. A man enjoying a nice warm cup of coffee nearby happened to see the leaf fall, and, having nothing much better to do, picked it up off the café’s wooden patio. He was a tall man of slightly slender figure at age 24. His hair was thick and brown, and long enough to occasionally poke his left eye, which, like his right, was a resplendent shade of blue. His thinly rimmed glasses sat on the tip of his nose, and they looked quite well with his scarf and coat. His name was Leon, and he was a very intelligent and artistic man. As he lifted the leaf from the thin sheet of snow, he noticed a woman looking at him on the sidewalk by the café. She was tall and slender, much like Leon, and she was of age 23. Her most striking characteristics were her effervescent green eyes, and her long lusciously curly brown hair. Her lips seemed to always be curved slightly upwards in a playful little smile, that or she found the fact that Leon had gone out of his way to pick up a leaf amusing. Her name was Mirabelle, and she was also very intelligent. Upon seeing her, Leon smiled and said “It’s not every day you see someone get up from their coffee just to take an unimportant little leaf from the ground, is it?” Mirabelle smiled at him and blushed, a little embarrassed that she had been caught staring. Leon took a couple steps closer and held the leaf up for her to see. “This is one of the last leaves of autumn, you know. The leaves that fall last are always the most beautiful.” Mirabelle, still smiling and blushing, nodded in agreement with a small “Mhmm.” Then Leon gently took her hand, placed the leaf in it, and told her “There was a very smart man that once said: ‘A beautiful woman is like a leaf in autumn. Noticeable, lovely, and delicate. Each leaf is unique in its own way, you’d never find 2 leaves that looked exactly the same no matter how hard you looked. But every single one of them is absolutely perfect.’” Mirabelle blushed until her cheeks turned crimson, and her smile grew even bigger. “Who said that?” she asked. Leon smiled “Me. Just now.” And then they both got hit by a bus and died.”

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Fare thee well!

Karen Alyse