When I had reached 2 decades of age I thought being reckless was more fun then keeping rules. I thought that being bound didn’t sound as much fun as living on the edge and doing what I wanted to do. I thought breaking rules would make me happier.
Now before you get thinking I was a raging rule breaking lunatic, let me just clarify in saying my rule breaking consisted of walking in through clearly marked exit doors or speeding on the streets, or trying more than a few cups of samples at the frozen yogurt places.
However, going on a mission to Hong Kong changed all that. I lived by the white handbook with exactness & found that I loved rules. I tried to find ways I could better keep the rules. My life for 19 months was the happiest it had ever been because I had willingly submitted my will on God’s alter. I was free to be happy, feel joy and I felt free from guilt. Keeping the commandments was my ticket to this joyful life.
The Lord commands us to go to his temples so that we can feel his spirit. As Carole M. Stephens shared in the last General Conference
“God’s commandments are a manifestation of His love for us, and obedience to His commandments is an expression of our love for Him.”
This past week we crossed temple 2 off our list and enjoyed our Friday evening inside the beautiful Mount Timpanogos temple.
Being inside the Lord’s house reiterates in my mind that when you do good, you feel good.
•••Also- we are 1/8 of the way to reaching our goal to visit every temple in Utah•••