APR 23 2020

Yesterday I posted a newspaper clipping about my great grandparents, who were married in a living room by Elder W.T. Turpin. Today I share the newspaper article about her parents, who… get this… were married in a living room by Reverend W.T. Turpin. I wonder how many marriage ceremonies that guy performed??
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I’m going to get a little vulnerable here, and talk about something that is very special to me. I hope you’ll treat it with respect. It isn’t intended as a sermon, but as a way to share an important part of my life.?
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When Pam and I were married, the most amazing man officiated. Rather than “Reverend,” or “Elder,” this man was known as a “Sealer.” In our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, a marriage preformed in a temple is called a sealing. We believe that this ordinance seals (or welds) the bride and groom and their families together for eternity. ?
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Our sealer, Brother Cox, performed that special rite for us and two of my siblings and their spouses. He also did the same for hundreds of other couples. Brother Cox, an old farmer, was one of the kindest, purest neighbors I’ve ever known. He truly made our special day more special. ?
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Right now, all the Latter-Day-Saint temples are closed temporarily during the worldwide quarantine. Yesterday I mentioned friends that are getting married in living rooms. Many of them plan to visit the temple when this is all over, and get sealed for eternity.?
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After we receive priesthood ordinances for ourselves in the temple, we return often to perform those sacred rites vicariously for our ancestors that died without the opportunity to be baptized or sealed together as a family during their time on Earth. This is my top motivator to research my family history. Spending time in the temple doing this work is what I miss most during my time in isolation. I go there to escape the noisy world and spend quiet time building love for my family, friends, and God.?
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I know the temple is very important to many of our readers as well. What about you? Is there a place you like to go to meditate, contemplate, elevate??
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Today’s cufflink is: WHERE CAN I TURN FOR PEACE?