The temple has been a place where we have received instruction from on high. We have found guidance and direction and strength as we have visited nearly every temple in Utah in 2009 (Monticello pending). These temple trips were made as opportunities presented themselves and babysitters became available. It became natural for us to think of how we could make a temple visit in correlation with other trips. Though each temple trip provided great peace and direction to our lives, this most recent temple trip came out of necessity due to recent trials where a greater eternal perspective was required.
Our faith has been tested in light of recent trials as we strive to have a family. Miraculously Melissa once again became pregnant. God's hand once again had been recognized and excitement and preparation permeated the holidays. The joy of the holidays was dampened with the news that the baby didn't have a heartbeat and that there was no growth in the 7 week old fetus. Needing greater strength provided only through the Lord, we traveled through the snow and smog to the Ogden temple. We found understanding and a greater perspective as we worshipped in the Lord's house.
This temple and each temple has taught us much in whatever circumstances we find ourselves in. How grateful we are for these sacred "schools" that educate us of God's ways and His plan for us and for our family.
Total miles = 370 heart-wrenching miles