Sunday, November 21, 2010

Laie Hawaii Temple

Today was the temple re-dedication, and President Monson, President Eyring, Quentin L. Cook, and Elder Walker from the seventy were all here speaking at the temple. It was a great and humbling experience to know that my "little" two hour contribution of time helped make fellow members and on-lookers have an enjoyable experience at one of the most beautiful places on earth. My family and I went through it on Veteran's Day, and it gave me such a sense of security, and warmth to know I have another place I can come to in a time of need. President Eyring's talk I think I loved the most because he named three things we should always do/remember when going through the temple. Gratitude, Light of understanding, and to feel the love of God. It is always up for interpretation, but I especially thought about the Light of understanding and how it applies to myself in that to have a greater light and knowledge from within, I need to have a better understanding of the scriptures and the Lord from the inside out.
President Monson is one of my favorite Prophets (besides President Kimball) because he almost always relates a story or a personal thought to his talks. This time he opened with "Temples are built through trials, tears, and testimonies." I loved that! I am so glad that Hailey and I got to go together to share the experience.
When our family went on Veteran's Day, I decided to TRY and get some photos of us in our Christmas clothes to put on our Christmas card we send out. Well, as you can see above Josh went from bad to worse when it came time to look our best. The kids actually did great through the temple and even for the video, but it was almost 2 o'clock in the afternoon, and they hadn't eaten lunch, and even though I promised them all McDonald' was to no avail. They were done! So here is what I got much to my dismay, and yet I will always remember that at least we did it together.

This is actually my favorite pix. I took. David is right in front of these three holding Audrey


Suzanne said...

Everybody looks so nice! Did you make the dresses/skirt? I'm glad you all got to go. I'm so sad I wasn't there for it.

Lesa said...

Thank you for sharing with us about the dedication, it was so nice to hear about it from someone that was there. I'm sure it will be something you and Hailey will always remember. It will be a blessing in your lives.
At the open house everyone looked so handsome and beautiful! "What a family".

MikesDork said...

So glad you were able to attend... that is a special time! It is always hard to get a good family picture with little ones!

Angie said...

Awesome Brandi! I can imagine how hard it must be to get all of them to smile at the same time, but you got some good pictures anyway! I love their outfits. Did you make those?