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(another mostly serious post from me — it’s just that kind of week; it was also a very BUSY week, so I hope y’all will forgive my not posting much last week)

November 1st marked the one-year anniversary of my (civil) marriage to Johnny Lingo; November 2nd is the day that we were sealed for time and for all eternity in a holy temple of the Lord in Manti, Utah. Now every year we’ll celebrate our anniversary over two days, just because we can. 😉

LDS Temple, Manti, Utah

I appreciate that most of my readers are not LDS (Mormon) and probably have no idea what I’m talking about. Temple? Sealing? Huh?

Briefly, temples are holy places of worship and instruction where we make sacred covenants with God and perform sacred ordinances, just like in the ancient church, both before and after Christ’s personal ministry on the earth. This short explanation hardly does the subject justice, so if you’d like to know more, I invite you to click here to learn more about temples: why we build them and what happens there. One of the ordinances performed in temples is sealing, when marriages and families are bound together for time and for all eternity.

Jesus Christ Himself, speaking to Peter, taught: “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matt 16:19; also Matt 18:18). Elijah was the last prophet to hold the sealing power of the priesthood before the time of Christ. It was Elijah who appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration and gave the keys of the priesthood—including the sealing power—to Peter, James, and John; Latter-day Saints believe it was Elijah who gave these same priesthood keys to Joseph Smith and also Oliver Cowdery in Kirtland, Ohio, in 1836. You can read more about Elijah, the sealing power of the priesthood, and it’s modern-day restoration here and here.

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Love the squinty faces, right? Yesterday was such a beautiful, sunny, warm day — the weather was perfect, and I was grateful to have so much sun to squint into; the forecast had previously been for overcast and rainy. And this morning, it snowed!!

When we are sealed, our marriages and families are blessed—contingent upon our obedience to God’s commandments and our faithfulness in keeping the covenants we make with Him—to extend beyond mortality and throughout eternity. What a wonderful thing, to have the hope and promise that we can be with our loved ones literally forever! ❤

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