"Where you spend your time, there will your heart be also" -Elder Robbins (3rd Session Ogden Temple Rededication)
Lance and I love to go to the temple each year around our anniversary . This year I remember walking into the temple and literally feeling all of my worries and stress drop away. It was so wonderful and I thought, "I want to feel like this ALL the time." While I was in the temple that day I also felt very strongly, "You need to be here more." Right then #ilovetoseethetemple, #summertemplegoal began. My plan was that with the start of summer and the young women being out of school I could go to the temple once a week, and then use that time as service hours towards my honor bee for personal progress. Even better, I found willing young women to watch my kids for free and earn service hours for their personal progress as well!
Aside from two weeks (one being girls camp) I made it every single week! Some weeks I even went twice, so I feel the ones I missed were balanced out. I can't fully express how life changing this was for me. Every time I walked in the temple doors it felt like I was coming home. The peace I felt was visceral. While I spent so much time in the temple things became clearer and many unexpected paths were opened to me. I chose not to run a marathon acting on inspiration I gained in the temple. Our decision NOT to update our adoption paperwork was verified in the temple. I'm honestly still not sure what the outcome of other inspiration will be, but I am hopeful, and SURE that whatever happens is right for our family and Heavenly Father's will for us! My faith has grown immensely. My ability to trust God's will and plan for me has grown, as well as my desire to align MY will with HIS will.
I was able to spend my entire summer doing proxy work for my ancestors because of family history work my sister has done (she moved to Arkansas so we made a deal for her to find names and me to complete their temple work!) Being in the temple helping my own family is amazing. I truly understand the promise of the "hearts being turned to the fathers", mine has!
I have developed a love for the temple beyond any I've felt before and #summertemplegoal is extending beyond summer and turning into more of a lifetime temple goal.
"It is as we serve, as we take time to express interest and concern in someone other than ourselves that we are more likely to gain a glimpse of who we really are and what we can ultimately become."
-Gordon B. Hinckley