Ok. So yeah. The temple is way pretty.
That part is true.
And it makes me want to be better, just by driving by it.
That is also true.
But, OH MY GOSH.
After being in the temple, simply "seeing" the outside, and "wanting to be better" when I drive by it will never be enough again.
Now that I have been inside, I refuse to be without it ever again.
There are 2 doors that allow you to enter in.
My dad has this "rule" [that he definitely made up], that we have to exit the door we didn't come in through.
And we laugh about it every time, and make fun of him.
But today, as I was driving home, it somehow made sense to me.
Because no matter how well I think I am doing in this gospel and on this journey back to God, I exit the temple a different person.
A better person.
A person who loves Cole a little bit more than I did 2 hours before.
A person who understands her purpose here a little bit better.
I enter the temple as earthly Amanda Peterson, and I exit it as someone else.
People always tell you that, "it's not of this world."
And that it's "sacred" and "different" and "celestial."
And you always think they're being symbolic.
But I physically leave the world at the door when I enter.
My cramps leave my body [TMI], my worries escape my mind, that stupid chris brown song stops repeating itself over and over in my head, and I feel complete peace.
So, today I think I've finally started to understand how important the temple is to receiving revelation. Because of the peace that I felt.
How can you receive revelation without peace?
And I am beginning to wrap my head around how important attending the temple is to my marriage. Because of the unconditional, eternal, SOMEHOW continuously growing love and adoration I feel for Cole Ryan Peterson when I am with him there.
It is very hard for me to believe that a couple who attended the temple together regularly, could ever be at risk for divorce. Because nothing makes you forget "how often he leaves his socks on the ground" like seeing him at an eternal perspective in the closest place to Heaven there is on this Earth.
So - and you can hold me to this- I am 100% positive that the key to a successful marriage is going to the temple…TOGETHER.
When I got married, the sealer asked my dad if he had any concerns about the man I was marrying. And my dad's response was: "I have no doubt that Cole Peterson is going to take my daughter to the Celestial Kingdom."
What else could you ask for in a spouse?
I am so incredibly grateful for a husband who is going to do just that.
My words about this are really falling short compared to my feelings and knowledge about it. So I am going to leave you guys with a few words from men who are way smarter than me.
"I urge our people everywhere, with all of the persuasiveness of which I am capable, to live worthy to hold a temple recommend, to secure one and regard it as a precious asset, and to make a greater effort to go to the House of the Lord and partake of the spirit and the blessings to be had therein."