Last weekend was a very special weekend full of wonderful events. The Kansas City Missouri Temple was dedicated! I still cannot believe after growing up here my whole life that we have a temple just up the road past Wal-Mart! It is amazing!
The youth put put on a fabulous Cultural Celebration on Saturday night that Soren and I were able to attend (without kids!). My brothers Cody (18) and Logan (14) were in it. The Prophet was in attendance and the music and dancing were really fun to see. The youth and leaders did such a great job putting it together. There were over 3000 youth that participated!!!! It was a fun date.
On Sunday they broadcast the dedication at 9am, 12, and 3pm to the ward buildings. Children under 8 were not allowed to attend so we weren’t planning on going until the 3pm session when my family could watch our boys. We watched our friend’s kids in the morning and then got ready to go in the afternoon. My Mom called us at 1:30 and said that she and Dad had been able to go to the noon session and be INSIDE the temple for it. They had extra tickets for the 3pm session for us to go INTO the temple for the session! We were thrilled and it was such a privilege. We were inside one of the lobbies in the temple and watched the dedication on a TV monitor there. It was so neat to be inside and really grasp that they were dedicating that specific building to be a house of the Lord.
After the dedication everyone came outside to wait for the Prophet to leave. It is amazing how much EVERYONE there wanted to see and meet him. I can’t imagine how much pressure that must be for him. Everything and anything he says to anyone will be remembered for the rest of their lives!
He is an amazing man and it was unreal to see him so close and to have him right here with us in my hometown. Such a blessing!!
We haven’t been to do any sessions yet at the temple but are excited to go soon. It will be wonderful to have babysitters close, babies old enough to leave behind, and the temple so close that we can go often.