February 25th, 2012 I went through the Oakland Temple to receive my own endowment. What an amazing experience it was. It was a hard decision whether I should go through the temple out here in California or if I should fly home and go through in Salt Lake. What ended up making the most sense was just to go through out here, that way I could save more money, and go through faster and more. Even though only two of my sisters and my Aunt Nancy and Uncle David were the only ones that could make it, it was such an amazing, beautiful experience. I know that there were many of my loved ones who have passed to the other side that were there supporting me as well. I could truly feel of their spirits in the temple and it was such a neat experience.
Going through the temple for the first time was such an amazing experience. It is hard to articulate what it was like and how it felt. It was both foreign, yet familiar. It was simple, yet so complex. It was beautiful. I'm excited to be able to return to the house of the lord and learn more about his perfect plan for each of us. I am so grateful for the temple and for the covenants I have made with my father in heaven. I still have a lot to learn but I have a testimony of the reality of the gospel and that through the ordinances in the temple we can be eternal families. I am so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life and for my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What a privilege it is to take part in such an amazing gospel.