Sunday, March 11, 2012
I feel so blessed. Yesterday I received my endowments in the Logan Temple. It was a special experience, made more meaningful by all the family that was able to attend. I really appreciate all those that came to support me, it means a great deal. I am especially grateful that my Grandma Stones was able to attend. She has such a sweet spirit and I was grateful she was there. It would have been really great if my sisters Cami and Tara would have attended to, but seeing as they both live in different parts of the country it wasn't likely. However, I do feel there love and know they were thinking of me that day:)
Although I definitely don't understand everything that happened there, I do know exactly how I felt. Mom was my escort and told me to focus on how I was feeling rather than trying to understand everything that happened, and that's exactly what I did. The Spirit was so strong and I just felt an overwhelming sense of peace, joy, and love- both for my family and my Savior. I know that this church is true, and I am honored to have to opportunity to represent the Lord for the next 18months starting in June. I am definitely getting more nervous as it gets closer, but I know that is exactly where the Lord wants me and needs me. the semester is quickly coming to an end with only 4 weeks of school left. It is bittersweet. Knowing that once I leave Provo in a month, things will be very different when I get back. There is a very good chance a lot of my friends will be married, Ali and Perris will most likely be gone, all the people in my major that I am good friends with will be graduated, Jami and James could very well not be here either. I feel ready to move forward and onto this new experience, but it is always hard to leave behind good friends and memories.
On a lighter note, I had to bare my testimony in Stake Conference today. The Stake Pres asked me to talk about why I wanted to serve a mission as well as how I felt as I went through the temple for the first time yesterday. As I was the first speaker, he was up announcing that I was up to speak but he called me "Brother Lyndsey Whicker" and didn't even realize it! It was quite hilarious and the whole audience was laughting pretty hard. He finally realized his mistake, but it was a funny moment. I always get so nervous before I get up to speak, but I think it went well. I honestly don't even really know exactly what I said cause I was just so relieved to have it done and over with when I sat down on the stand. However, I a few people came up to me afterwards and said how much they appreciated my sincereness and how calm and confident I was. That was nice to know because I definitely didn't feel calm and confident...quite the opposite actually, but I'm glad I came off that way and had the Spirit with me.