Saturday, August 15, 2015

Trip to Indiana

When the Indianapolis Temple was being built, we knew we wanted to be able to travel down to attend the Open House, and wow, are we ever glad we did.

Allan had business in Chicago, and so we spent a little longer on our trip than originally planned, but it all turned out great.  I even had a chance to visit Wrigley Field and see a Chicago Cubs game.  I appreciated having a chance to work with one of Allan's co-workers--she was so fun.  I have visited a few baseball fields, but I have not been here and it was great--although I would have preferred a little cooler temperatures ; )

I also had Seminary training during the trip so that part made it a little inconvenient, but I managed to get it all done.  (Can't believe summer is almost over and we'll be starting Seminary in a few weeks.)

Our stay in Indiana was great.  We got to see Mission Impossible 5--ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!! We had lots of time with Wendy and Josh.

When Evan and Scarlett came down Saturday afternoon we immediately headed to Sky Zone and the kids all jumped.  Oh, how I wish I had that kind of energy. We ate way, way too much (but I guess we usually do)

When we went to Church on Sunday it was Fast and Testimony Meeting.  They began by inviting the youth to bear their testimonies.  (This apparently was requested in a youth committee by the youth, and many of them took the opportunity to share wonderful experiences.)   The testimonies were great--they just loved the temple and loved having a chance to take their friends through.  All of them talked about how they felt going through--which is what you hope they realize--there is such a different feeling in the temple.  Yes it's beautiful, but what you feel is what it's all about.

One of my favorite experiences was shared one shared by a young man (about 12 or 13) who talked about riding his bike to the temple with a non-member friend.  They went through the tour and then set on the grass and talked.  This boy mentioned he was ready to go and his friend said, "Not yet.  I like how I feel when I'm sitting here."

Then there was a young man who was supposed to go with the youth on a tour but decided not to and instead went with his non-member mother.  He commented on what an amazing experience it was for the two of them.

I loved how the Bishopric mentioned there were 3 weeks until the dedication and encouraged everyone to set some goals or do something special over those 3 weeks to be prepared for the dedication.  I loved that idea and have put it in the file in my cabinet that contains ideas for when we have our Temple Open house--hopefully before we move away.  Also in there is the master I used to make the little booklets for the kids to use to write about and color things they saw in the temple.  (If we move away, I'll pass all of it on to someone when we leave)

After Church and before dinner, Allan explained the Plan of Salvation and why we have temples.  He did such a great job.  I think it helped a lot.  Everyone was pretty excited for Allan's tri tip sandwiches and man were they ever good.  We were so full that we didn't even have dessert--yes, you read that right, WE DIDN'T HAVE DESSERT!!!!  Tony arrived back from his golf outing and it was great to see him.

Monday morning we all met up at Cracker Barrel for breakfast.  Nancy and her husband arrived and then we all headed up to Indianapolis to see the temple.

It was beautiful.  They did a great job with the tour.  It made me very anxious for our temple groundbreaking and open house--which I really hope happens someday soon ; )

SIDENOTE #1:  Can't believe we will be starting Seminary soon.  Will have a chance to drive to one of the branches in the District today--which means I will get to see one of my on-line Seminary students.  We will take the missionaries to dinner tonight and then speak in Church tomorrow.

SIDENOTE #2:  I am very excited that next week after our Temple trip we will be going to South Dakota so I can meet up with two of my cousins from the East Coast.  I can't wait!!!!