As we look at our little ones, babies, toddlers, teens, we think of all the hopes we have for them and what their futures hold. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, some of our major goals for our children usually involve full-time missionary work and temple ordinances. Though this may be true, what we sometimes see at church tells a whole different story.
When I was younger, a rebellious teenager, I made a lot of mistakes. One of which was starting to steady date much too soon. Ironically, just like my husband, my very first boyfriend's name was Matthew. He was an ROTC Army kind of kid who thought he was pretty cool. We were Freshman in high school, only barely fifteen and truly the definition of "young and stupid." Though we only dated for a little over a week before guilt got the best of me I like to look back and hope that I might have at least done a little bit of good in his life. I hope that I might have planted a tiny seed in his heart that the LDS Church is a wonderful thing to be a part of. I was by no means perfect and I hope he doesn't look back and think of ME as the epitome of what a Mormon is, but instead remember a small moment in which I did the right thing.
On June 4th, 2011, Matt and I got married civilly in my ward's church building. It was a beautiful event, one that I'll never forget. The whole neighborhood pitched in and we were able to put together an elegant little reception in the same building we were wed in. Considering we paid next to nothing, I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful reception. My mom made my dress, which turned out just as perfect as I could have ever imagined it and it seemed like nothing could possibly be better than that day; the day Matt and I were joined together. Except for those two words: "for time." Reality was, Matt and I could not be together forever with this civil marriage. Our union would expire the day one or both of us passed on.
Now, today, a little over a year and a half later, Matt, Ian, and I were sealed together at last. This time though, for time And all Eternity. Today was a crazy and hectic day for my family and I. Every single one of my siblings and their families made their way home to us to be a part of this incredible day, many of them driving across several states to do so. The beginning of the day and afternoon was overwhelming and hard for me, but as the sealing drew nearer we became even more excited. The sealing took place in the Logan, UT LDS Temple; a gorgeous temple that won my heart the moment I saw it. It was my fairytale castle; where my handsome prince would take me to be wed. I was elated when Matt said we could get sealed there.
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