I had the opportunity last week to go to the Manhattan temple to receive my endowments. Essentially, I went and made certain sacred covenants with Heavenly Father. It was beautiful and wonderful, and I am so thankful for that opportunity. I had never been to the Manhattan temple, but upon walking through the doors, I felt so at home, as if I had been there dozens of times before. The sisters working there were so loving and helpful, they truly made me feel like a princess! Each was so sweet and cheerful, and patient as I asked questions.
I was blessed to have Sister Kramer, who is like another mom to me, as my escort. She has been so supportive and loving from the first time I met her as my Young Women’s leader! Mark was receiving his endowments as well, so his parents (again, another mom and dad!) were there, as well as a few of our friends and some more Kramers. To be able to have them there meant so much, and made everything so much happier in a way. My dear friend Carla was able to make it as well, which was so awesome as she leaves in a few short weeks to serve in Provo speaking Spanish.
Going to the temple is so important to me. It truly is a place where I find peace, comfort, and counsel. To be able to make promises with my Father in Heaven has given me so much strength already, and has helped me to focus, but has also helped me to regain perspective. I learned a lot, and anticipate learning much more as I continue to attend the temple.
One thing that always comes to mind is how as Christians we are “in the world, but not of the world.” The Manhattan temple is the most extraordinary example of leaving the world behind and focusing completely on our relationship to our Father in Heaven and our Savior, Jesus Christ. You walk in the doors of the temple, and as they close behind you, the sounds of New York City fade away completely. The further you go into the temple, the less you can hear the buzz of the city. Soon you can’t hear it at all, which is a marvel in and of itself. I don’t think there is any other building in New York capable of doing that. You really leave the word behind when you go to the temple. Even more so when you go to the temple to receive your endowment.
An endowment is an amazing opportunity not only to make promises to the Lord, but also to learn and to take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ more fully than ever before. You make sacrifices to get there, but the blessings are more than worth it, words can’t even explain.
On each LDS temple throughout the world, there is an inscription reading, “Holiness to the Lord, the House of the Lord.” As we entered the Manhattan temple, I realized how much effort and preparation I had given to going to the temple, and how I still felt unprepared in some ways. When you go to the temple to receive your endowments, you’ve spent weeks and months preparing to make and keep covenants. You go through the repentance process, you work to become as close to your Father in Heaven as you possibly can. Becoming the best you can be in order to become even better once you enter and make those covenants.
I am so thankful to have been able to receive my endowments, and am so grateful to those who came with Mark and I, making the day extra special! (we’re ‘big kids’ now!)