Saturday, April 2, 2011
A Monumental Day
Back in August 1998 President Hinckley made a trip across Canada. When he stopped in Regina, Saskatchewan, he announced a temple. When we here in Winnipeg heard a temple had been announced in Regina we were pretty sure it meant he would not be announcing a temple in Winnipeg.
When he came to Winnipeg a couple of days later it was so wonderful--a day I don't think I'll ever forget. Heidi and Brent were part of the Youth Choir which was wonderful. (One day I may have to blog about the opportunity Heidi had to shake hands with President and Sister Hinckley) Although a temple was not announced for Winnipeg, he promised us that one day we would have a temple. Each Conference I have been waiting and well...
I wish you all could have heard the excitement in our Stake Center when President Monson announced there would be a temple in Winnipeg. It is going to be wonderful.
My heart was taken to: Idaho where I knew my little Elder was sitting with missionaries and I just know how thrilled he would be--can't wait to read his e-mail on Monday; Utah where Heidi, Daniel and Brent were sitting with Allan's sisters (oh that must have been such a scene of joy and tears); to Texas where Neal and Macy would be so excited for us; and to Auburn where Stephen and Daphne would be cheering knowing what a blessing it will be for us to have a temple right here. I think of the countless missionaries who have served here who will be so thrilled for the Saints here in this area--in fact, I know Stephen and Daphne's Bishop served here years and years ago and talked about coming to Winnipeg next year to visit. Maybe he and his family will wait until the temple is built ; ) Lots of text messages during this session of Conference. Allan said he felt like he was getting a massage from his blackberry because there were so many messages coming through.
The temple in Regina has been a great blessing to us. When we first came here in 1996, Temple trips were 14 hours to Cardston, Alberta. Heidi and Brent made those trips with the youth. I remember November 1999 when the 5 of us were in Regina when the temple was dedicated by Elder Packer--President Hinckley was in Halifax dedicating that temple (the only time two temples were dedicated on the same day. It was a wonderful day and knowing how much easier it is to go 6 hours, made us so very grateful. Yes, at times the roads were a little treacherous, but when I think of people who have to travel 2 or 3 days (or more) by bus, I know I really can't complain.
And to think, soon we will have a temple right here in Winnipeg. WHAT AN AMAZING DAY this has been.
I will have to post later about all the wonderful talks, but I'm just so excited with this news.