I love when Dom and I can attend the temple. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints it’s common for members to attend the temple to feel a closeness to Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. We go to perform work for the deceased, receive personal comfort, answers to questions, and peace.

I love that we can go to any temple and feel that closeness. Today, Dom and I went and I was very excited. I always love to go but once I walked inside today I felt so much joy and couldn’t stop smiling.

The greatest thing about going is the prayers I have with my Father in Heaven. I love the prayers I have at home but at the temple I am able to sit in peace and not have to worry about the duties I have to tend to. I am comfortable and present with the Lord.

During my prayer I felt I felt so much gratitude and praise to Him. On the way to the temple Dom and I were discussing what we wanted to think about in their and what to pray about. We talked about finding a new job for Dom. We talked about understanding the differences of Ronen and Ryen and loving them as close as we can to the way our Father in Heaven does. We also felt so blessed to go because my mom lives near to watch our kids.

My mom has been a huge supporter in us attending the temple weekly to feel comfort from our Savior. We are wanting comfort with Dom needing a job that will better provide and fulfill his career desires. I completely agree with her with us needing the comfort, it has been a huge blessing to go for a few weeks now. It’s a great way to connect us spiritually and know that we are being blessed through temple experiences.

Reverting back to the prayer I had, I could feel Heavenly Father’s love for me and that he is supporting my family and is proud to know that we are there willing to serve him. What I love so much about understanding our Father in Heaven is that he loves us and desires our love through our works. Our work at the moment was to serve in His home on earth.

2 Nephi 11: 5

“And also my soul delighteth in the covenants of the Lord which he hath made to our fathers; yea, my soul delighteth in his grace, and in his justice, and power, and mercy in the great and eternal plan of deliverance from death.”

Dom and I have made covenants, deep promises in the temple to continue when we are outside of it, in our homes, at work, and with other people. After our session in the temple I said another prayer before we left to continue the feelings I felt there to come with me when leaving. Dom had a similar prayer as well. We both had such joy and excitement to be there. It reminded us that we want to live in a way where our talents, works, and words align with the Lord and the covenants we have made to him.

When we left Dom and I spoke on how we felt and how we know that our Father is blessing us and will continue to do so. We feel his closeness when we pray to Him, speak of Him, and live to become like Him. We knew He was aware of our prayers and questions. He wants to bless us because he loves us.

I believe the way we handle our questions and the wants of our prayers are important to showing our love to Heavenly Father. It’s been weighing on our family to find a better job as well as keeping our spirits high in the way we are in our marriage, with our kids, at home, and interactions with other people. As our shift has changed to live more closely to Jesus Christ and attending His temple more often we know that we will be blessed and comforted.

I want to feel grateful now for our situation in the new job search and our desires to be better parents. I also want to be grateful for our future and the changes it brings. Our Lord has a hand in it all. I have learned it’s better to have positive thoughts through trials than allow us to be weighed down by them. We are blessed by us attending the temple and that we can share the love our Heavenly Father has with us to our children.

We attended with joy and excitement and left with joy and excitement. Our thoughts and prayers were intended to do the will of the Lord and that’s how we want to continue our daily living in and outside the temple.

I have a testimony of the temple that is pure peace and comfort. I feel so close to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. They are aware of me and my needs. I know I have talents and desires that I want to cultivate and use with being a supportive, loving spouse. I want to rear my children in love and righteousness. I want to write to connect with those on their spiritual journey. I have a desire to serve my Lord and Savior. I felt that joy of doing it today in the temple and the joy I feel expressing my thoughts in writing.

The temple is a sacred and special place. I’m so blessed to attend with my spouse and connect the way I do with Heavenly Father to receive the joy I feel.

If you have any questions about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Temples please comment below. You can also visit the site https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/?lang=eng for more information.

About Author

My name is Brianna Marshall. I was born in Dayton, Ohio into a Air Force family. We moved to Colorado Springs, CO when I was 5 years old and lived there till I moved off to College to Orem, Utah in 2007. I was raised into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'm still actively practicing the same faith today. I graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelors in Communications. I was married to my husband Dom in 2010 in the San Diego Temple. Dom and I have two children, one a boy, named Ronen, and a girl, named Ryen. I have been in and out of teaching physical fitness for over 10 years. I love to run and weight lift most days of the week. I also love to do yoga at night to calm me down before bed. I have always had a love for baked goods. My mom made a great dessert every Sunday and made them upon request growing up. I have always been really well at expressing my thoughts and feelings. I love to express a lot of my spiritual feelings with friends and family. As a young girl, I worked really hard to have a great relationship with my Father in Heaven. I have felt His presence from the time I was 8 and currently still feel his love and desire for me to become closer to Him. I desire to be a missionary as well as help others understand His love for all of His children. I find that being friendly, understanding and being compassionate to everyone is the best example of His son, Jesus Christ. I strive to follow His teachings. I also stumble with all of it. I'm so grateful for the atonement and repentance when I'm in need of change of heart and a compassionate spirit. I find life to be so beautiful and I'm grateful everyday for the experiences I have. I am a wife, mother, daughter of God, writer, runner, baker, and an imperfect being striving to be the best me.

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