Dani and Richard were married last week. The bigger boys, Slim and Spanky, and Tammy all came home from Utah for the wedding. Slim was Richard's best man. We got up super early that morning 4:30 a.m., left by 5:30 and headed up to the temple. We were suppose to arrive at the temple by 11:15. We stopped at the storehouse to pick up wheat. Our storehouse wheat is cheaper than anything else we have in town, including renting a car and paying for the gas to drive four hours away. Things are a little pricier here.
There was a little drama with the storehouse. They aren't usually open on the day we could come. The manager agreed to meet us early, before we needed to be at the temple. Then when we arrived, she was at the doctor and unavailable until we needed to be at the temple. We were able to work it out to meet with her after the sealing, but it was a little sketchy at the beginning.
For those of you who are not aware, members of the church go to the temple to have their marriage sealed for time and for all eternity. In the temples, the Priesthood authority can bind marriages not only for time but forever, as long as the parties to the covenant keep the promises they have made. That is why it is so significant to us to have our marriages performed in the temple. In order that temples remain a place where God can dwell, there are certain requirements that must be met in order for men and women to be worthy to enter. Thus each of us who is able to go into the temples and participate in the ordinances therein has met with a member of our bishopric and a member of our stake presidency answering specific questions about the way we live our lives. If we are found worthy, we receive a temple recommend which allows us to enter and participate in temple worship.
My parents were not able to attend our sealing. Dani's parents were not able to attend hers either. Only Richard's mother on his side was able to be there. It is hard for us to not have our families there. I know it is difficult for the family members also. On such a special and sacred day, we want our family members, those we love, to be there with us. Although that is our desire, being sealed by the authority of God having our marriage solemnized for eternity outweighs the sad feelings we have that those we love cannot participate with us at that particular time.
Dani's father even came up to the temple with her. He waited outside, but we made sure he was the first to see her and her husband as they exited the temple. It was really sweet to see his love for his daughter. Because I was helping Dani with her dress, etc....I didn't take any photos outside the temple. I will have Scuff send me a couple. But here are the ones I took before they went in and after she was in her dress.
On the way home, we let the boys travel with their dad and Tams and I took the other car. That way we could have some girl time. We stopped at the beach on the way home, just because the big kids have been in Utah, land locked and beach deprived. Here they are playing.
The next morning started bright and early, but I'll tell you about that tomorrow.