Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Temple Tour, Our 44th Wedding Anniversary, Melissa's 50th Birthday,

In a heavy rainstorm we drove Maritza, her mother, and brother Jessie to the Orlando Temple with Elders Egan and Blackburn for the Temple Tour. President Wood of the mission presidency gave a lecture: Why Mormon's build temples--he told us to look for 5 things as we walk around the grounds: the Angel Moroni on the top with his trumpet pointing East; the corner stone that reads "Erected in 1994'; the front doors facing East with no nobs (Christ's entry); the baptismal font that we cannot see but know it is in the basement; the beautiful windows on the second floor where families are sealed for time and all eternity. As we walked around with white umbrellas Maritza's 82 year old mother said, "I've never seen anything so beautiful," She is a very religious person and loves the Bible and Jesus.

I love the shiny front door of the Orlando Temple. It is truly THE HOUSE OF THE LORD. Maritza is getting baptized on 31August 2015. When she walked into the temple to pick up an umbrella and saw the man at the front desk dressed in whiteshe said she felt like she had walked into heaven. There is so much peace and beauty in the temple. 

These are the flowers Elder Bean gave me for our 44th wedding anniversary--Lily and Alstroemeria. We enjoyed the day together, our drive to Leesburg with Helen and Butch, meeting Melissa on her 50th birthday, and dinner alone at
Outback Steak House. 

We surprised Melissa on her 50th birthday by giving her mom and papa a ride to Leesburg so they could be together at the church dance. Melissa was so surprised--we took this picture minutes after we arrived. Melissa's friend in the blue shirt looked the most surprised.

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