Thursday, March 27, 2014
I Choose This Day
Our family is still feeling all the goodness that came from the open house, celebration and dedication of the Gilbert Temple. We bring it up everyday and I get the feeling that we will be talking about these historic events for the rest of our lives.
On the day of the cultural celebration, I would be lying if I said that we weren't all praying that it wouldn't rain. We were. There was a 90% chance of rain that day and if it hadn't rained you better bet we would be proclaiming miracle! That's what Mormons do you know, we give credit to God always. We see the miracles where others may just see coincidence. But after holding off all day it DID rain just as the prophet was seated and the celebration was starting. For me the miracle wasn't in the rain or not in the rain. The miracle was in the way the youth handled the rain. They didn't pout, they didn't complain, they didn't falter one bit. They sang and they danced joyfully and powerfully in the rain for their prophet, for their temple and for their God.
The cold and the rain only gave them a chance to prove that they can do hard things happily and well. I loved it to say the least. My sister in law was able to capture an awesome video of Kaden from that night. This song was the last song of the celebration. Kaden was cold to the very center. He was shaking and shivering and moving around just to keep from freezing. But he sang and he did it with such devotion that I can not watch without just crying. You can see the rain coming down in sideways sheets and you can see how wet these kids were but you can also see their goodness shinning through it.
Kaden will never be the same again. In our family when we talk about the Temple we proclaim miracle! Because it really is.