Yesterday my Dad and I drove into New York City to do baptisms at the Manhattan Temple. Actually, I drove in, and the traffic was so bad that what is normally a 1 hour drive, took 3 hours. My Dad drove back, and it took 4 hours to get home. So...It's an experience.
Anyway, I was sitting with my Dad and some other friends from my home ward, and the Temple President walked in. First, I thought it was a respectable gesture of him to take the time out of his busy schedule and service to speak with a small group of us at the baptismal font. Second, what he said was extremely profound. He started off asking us how we felt at the temple. The answers, "Calm," "Peaceful," and "Happy" came up. He then asked us how we felt when we were locked out of something like a house or car. The answers, "Scared" and "Anxious" were given. He likened this feeling to the feelings how how those on the other side of the veil must feel. They have been locked out of the truth for so long, and it is because of our service through the Lord that we are able to give them the keys. This really touched me, and made my experience so much more important and meaningful.
Even though the journey was long (snow, traffic), the prize was well worth it.
Last Christmas I gave you my heart...This Christmas I got socks. (Actually, I got socks last Christmas, too.)
Here are some fun pictures celebrating Christmas 2010 with my family. The real present was just to be home with my family.
Oh, and this morning I woke up to 24 inches of snow on the ground. Joy. Clearly, I wear my expressions on my sleeve. Don't let the smiling picture fool you...It was forced. At least my sister was happy about the snow.