Everything that occurs in the temple is of an uplifting and ennobling kind. It speaks of life here and life beyond the grave. It speaks of the importance of the individual as a child of God. It speaks of the importance of the family as a creation of the Almighty. It speaks of the eternity of the marriage relationship.
It is a place of light, a place of peace, a place of love where we deal with the things of eternity." - President Gordon B. Hinckley, Taipei Taiwan Fireside, 1996.
Paige is in Utah for her friend Lauren's wedding in the Salt Lake Temple today. Last night was our ward temple night at the Oakland Temple and on Thursday, my friend, Diann Sant, took out her temple endowment. Lots of temple work happening!
Diann Sant grew up in the church but has not been active for several years. Her husband, Dave, who was also a member, passed away recently. Dave's death has been difficult but also gave Diann a desire to start coming to church again. Now she is looking forward to being sealed to Dave in the temple. It has been a touching process to watch.
Dave Sant was very successful in business (the kind of success that donates big $$ to universities) but you would never know that Diann is well off. Well, except she is classy and refined - but never showy! Diann is one of the most grounded women I know.
Watching Diann's quiet process of grieving which culminated in leading her to the temple has inspired me. I agree with President Hinckley's comment of the temple being a place of peace and I hope Diann will find that to be true. It has been for me. And, congratulations to Lauren on her marriage to Matt!