(This is the temple closest to us from the field across the street...the city is down below.)
I went to the temple today. For those reading who aren't a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this link is what a temple is all about...so you see where I'm coming from ( http://www.lds.org/temples/). I must've needed it because I was really affected by my experience.
I get so disappointed, frustrated, even angry with the world sometimes: infidelity amongst our elected leaders, supposed role models, dishonesty in business and family life, selfishness, abuse, zero morals, zero accountability, the list goes on . . . . This isn't meant as a whining session--it is what it is, unfortunately.
With all these issues swirling around, it's easy to feel hopeless. That's why I loved the temple today. It's a complete 180 degree experience from all that garbage. It was hopeful, filling, joyful, peaceful, beautiful, enlightening, uplifting. Those are the feelings I want. Those are the feelings we need. Focusing my mind on where I came from, why I'm here, where I'm going, what's the point of life, why do I want to live a good life, a righteous life...these are the foundations for happiness, these are the basics. That's what I want to spend my time thinking about. I left the temple feeling rejuvenated, grateful for my blessings, ready to tackle the yucky stuff of life and find the good.
The good I found today was in the sunshine. Thank heavens for sunshine. My soul was sun-starved and now it's full...for the time being. Living in Idaho in the winter is not for the faint of heart:).