Saturday, October 3, 2009

We're getting a temple!!

This weekend is general conference in our church where the Prophet and the Apostles speak. Well, score for Ryan - he hooked up our computer so we could watch it on our tv. It makes me feel so at home since it's broadcast on all the television stations in Utah. But since we've moved, for the last 5 years we've had to watch it over the internet, and let me tell you that all 5 of us in our bedroom in front of the computer for 4 two-hour sessions of conference over one weekend is miserable. So even though he was threatened within inches of his life if he didn't make it happen, he did. (Although there were some precarious moments like him canceling our high-speed cable internet RIGHT before conference and getting us just a step up from dial up. You bet I called and changed that pretty quickly.)

BUT - today in conference they announced we're getting a temple in Ft. Lauderdale! Currently the closest temple is in Orlando, which is a 4 hour drive, and makes for a really long day if you're there and back in a day, and a whole day of someone babysitting your kids, unless you drag them on the drive with you. So a mere 30 minutes to Ft. Lauderdale is a true answer to prayer. We have been praying so hard for a temple to serve south Florida and it's so exciting for us to have that answered. Temples are sort of at the height of Mormon worship where we learn about God and His plan, and are bound together as families for eternity. Ryan and I were married in the Salt Lake temple (pictured). The videos below explain more. We feel so blessed!

8 comments:

Angie said...

I was sitting next to Brooke in the Conference Center when Pres Monson announced the Ft. Lauderdale temple and we whispered to each other about how much closer it would be than Orlando for you--we agreed closer, but 30 minutes--wow! That's fantastic. I wish a speedy permitting and construction process for you and all the Saints near you.

Anonymous said...

Hooray for all in the Miami area?

xoxocyh

Lima Bean said...

that's pretty great. we were so hoping for eugene :-) and very surprised when they announced brigham city (that's where jeff is from). happy for you guys. our closest temple is portland, which is only 1 1/2 hours but still makes for a long day when you're trying to figure out childcare and such.

Rachel said...

Okay, I am impressed you get your kids to watch Conference with you. Ella watched two sessions, I think. Liam, none. Jono slept/cried/cooed through them all. Way to go! Miss you!

Safire said...

When I heard this I thought of you and wondered if you were close. Yay for a better temple commute!

Laurie Jones said...

That is SO exciting for you guys!! I know what it is like to live far away from a temple. That's awesome.

Chadlee said...

Very cool - congrats!

H. said...

Wow! That is so exciting!! From 4 hours to 30 min is a serious blessing! I'm so glad the prayers of the Florida saints have been heard!!