Monday, December 21, 2009

The Temple

Saturday, Dec 18th was Ben's big day. He went through the Mt. Timpanogos temple for the first time to receive his own endowment*. He was very excited and ready and willing to take on the extra responsibilities that go along with that. His father was his escort and we had the bishop there as well. It was wonderful meeting him in the chapel after his initiatories were done and even better meeting him in the celestial room. I can only imagine that is what it will be like in heaven, meeting your loved ones as they cross over.

Again we are very proud of Ben and his decisions and obedience. You will probably get tired of hearing what a wonderful young man his is.

*Endowment: A gift from our Heavenly Father. We make covenants (promises) with Him and if we are faithful and obedient He promises us special blessings. We also receive further light and knowledge regarding the gospel. Only worthy adult members of the church can enter the temple and receive these blessings. For more information contact me or go to

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Letter from the Mission President

The news this week...Ben received his letter from his mission president. It arrived the same day that he sent out his letter and pictures (as requested in the packet). One of the first things Ben pulled out of the letter was an insert telling the boys to disregard the request for pictures as they will be taking pics on their arrival. Oh well, at least Pres will know Ben's is obedient.

One of the exciting aspects of the letter was the schedule for his day of arrival. The Pres and his wife will pick Ben up from the airport sometime in the afternoon, then have dinner with him then take him back to the mission home where there will be interviews and he will be assigned to a companion. He'll spend the night in the mission home then out to the field the next day.

One of the less exciting aspects of the letter was the assignment of home work. Ben was given an outline of a lesson on the restoration and he needs to fill it out. In other words, prepare a 30-40 minute lesson on the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ in it's fullness.

He and I are also having a race to read the Book of Mormon before he leaves. So far I'm winning, but I won't tell you how far along we are.