Yes, another temple trip and some more photos :P I'm an absolute sucker for photos, capturing the big and small moments in my life.
This month I've been planning to go to the temple as frequently as possible, and this is another one of the trips :) A Multi-Stake YSA Endowment/Baptism session!
I've included some photos inside, and a quick summary of what I've been up to!
One of my favourite quotes about the temple is from Elder Neil. L. Anderson, where he said,
'The way you feel in the temple is a pattern for how you want to feel in your life'
I definitely testify that if I felt the way that I feel in the temple, my life would be able to sail on the highs and the lows like a skilled sailor aboard the boat of faith and patience. But, unfortunately, it isn't like that and life almost feels more like a roller coaster where the harness is on each side of your head and every turn causes impact with your brain. You want to scream sometimes from excitement and sometimes from fear, at times it lulls and becomes boring or you have those drops where you feel like the entire world is crashing along behind you. The temple for me pulls that all back to the starting point again, where everything is exciting and you're unsure but you know that if you don't do it you'll regret that very moment later in life. The temple is my reset button. That's why this goal of going to the temple has been a really great opportunity to re-focus every week after a dizzying punch in the face by life.
I also got to spend time with two amazing YSA's, Amy and Elyse, who made it a hilarious adventure over the weekend. A highlight was when Elyse was helping me get photos for my blog (Since I wanted one in front of the temple that was kind of arsty or, in my description, 'A good profile pic') and Amy knows that candid photos of people are much better than posing ones, so she started waving her arms around and goofying about to make me laugh. It was such a hilarious moment 'cos I felt like one of those little babies that adults and the photographers will make weird noises and dance around to make them smile :P It did bring some good photos though!
Overall though, my month of temple trips are not over JUST yet but I'm aiming for -nearly- every Saturday. As I get closer and closer to preparing for my mission and putting in my papers, more and more distractions and fears arise that can only be 'reset' by the temple. It's something that you don't realise you've missed and REALLY need in your life until you go for more than 2 times a month, and then it hits you in big waves. It's SO needed. To hold a temple recommend is something that is on my highest of priorities, and being worthy of it :) It's hard, no doubt about that though!
That's all for now! I shall update with more as I go along this August month :)