The subject for my Sunday School lesson next week is the Sabbath day, keeping it holy, why we should, etc. So I would like to ask each of you if you would respond to this post and tell me one thing (other than attending church meetings) that you do to show how you worship the Sabbath. What do you do with your family? How are you teaching your children the sacredness of that day? I would like to get at least eleven responses from you that I could use in my lesson. Please?! This is never an easy subject for parents because their kids want to carry on as usual - some parents want to take the day off as a vacation from work and some parents are just plain weary after wrestling with their little kids during Sunday meetings to even care much about this day. I think I missed about 10 years of meetings by sitting in the foyer trying to keep my kids quiet. But leaving the meetings out, what do you do to prepare for and observe the Sabbath before and after your meetings? I would love some input from all of you.
On another note, last night a few of us gathered together at the Oquirrah Mt. Temple to participate in the endowment session with Kaitlin. I thought I would be quite teary-eyed because she is my last daughter to go through this. I will probably never get to be an escort again. I may never get the opportunity to hear the instruction given to first-time attendees and I probably won't have the opportunity again to help explain some of the clothing and help pack the packet and bag. Maybe I will be able to do that with Ammon but I would assume Jim would take more of that responsibility when Amnmon goes through. It has always been an honor for me to be my daughters escort. It has been a privilege to have good conversations with my children about the temple and why we should go there.
Kaitlin said it felt like she had come home. She caught on quickly and seemed perfectly at ease. I was proud of her and the determination she has always had to go through the temple. Now, in 9 days she will enter again and become a bride to a wonderful young man that every one of you will love.
Chelsey and Brent came early to do initiatories and an endowment session for Brent's relatives. Their children had the opportunity a week ago to be baptized for them. When Charlie and Yolanda come out to visit next, they will do the sealings. This has been a special experience for them. Jess & Jen and Adam & Amy were also there. Unfortunately, due to a severe case of bronchitis, Gillian was too ill to come and was afraid she would infect everybody. We were sad they were unable to come and hope for Gillian's speedy recovery. My only regret was that we were not all there together. But I am still reminded of that joyful reunion I hope we have when we all pass through the veil at the end of our mortal lives as we greet one another upon our entrance into the Kingdom of God. It was a special day.