Monday, June 22, 2015

Training in the Salt Lake Temple

[June 15-17, 2015] Monday - Wednesday

We spent three days in the temple, with President and Sister Walker directing the seminar. They were the Temple President and Matron a few years ago. She is President Hinckley's oldest daughter, and they married about 12 years ago following the deaths of their spouses. They look like they are perfectly suited for each other.

I'd tell you there was a highlight of the three days, but in reality, it was all a highlight. We reviewed the administration of the temple ordinances, but each review was followed by a discussion of the significance of them, and the power of the covenants and ordinances there. It was renewed time and time again of how powerful the impressions and inspirations that I have had have been as I have participated in Temple ordinances.

There were 34 missionaries in our group, in total. Their destinations spanned the globe, from the Hong Kong Temple, the Apia Samoa Temple, the Laie Hawaii Temple, two temples in the Phillippines, four in South America (Trujillo Peru, Santiago Chili, Cordoba Argentina, and Cochabamba Bolivia), Washington DC, Madrid Spain, and London England.

Elder Brimhall, the Director of the Family History Department spoke to us, and had some very interesting things to say about how technology is enhancing and accelerating the work. The computers are even taking on larger parts of the researching components of family history work, leaving us to verify correctness, document accurate sources, and then complete the work for our ancestors.

So, these three days energized us, confirmed again and again that this is not only what we desire to be doing, but what we are supposed to be doing, and got us even more excited to help in this most sacred and meaningful work of bringing God's plan to all of His children.

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