The LDS temples are sacred places set apart from the rest of the world - kind of like a bit of heaven on earth. A place to make sacred covenants with the Lord that bring peace, joy, and strength in this life and great blessings for eternity.
Two of our dear Filipino sisters in the Peninsula 3rd branch prepared themselves for the day when they could go to the temple for the first time and receive those promised blessings. Working 6 days a week, with Sunday being their only day off, getting to the temple was not an easy plan. LDS temples are typically closed on Sundays.
But Sunday, May 17th, was one of those special days when the temple was open on a Sunday. (for more information about Temple Sabbaths - click here - Hong Kong Temple). Rona Pelongco and Jane Mondragon were among those wonderful sisters who came to the temple and received those great blessings in the House of the Lord.
|Sister Coffey with Rona (left) and Jane (right)|
|Elder and Sister Coffey outside the temple with Rona and Jane|
Words cannot fully describe the joy that is experienced on these days by these special sisters. But Rona's words come very close. Here she describes her feelings following her experience in the temple:
"No hard goal to fulfill if you have the "DESIRE & WILLINGNESS"....Today one of my GOAL had fulfill that I thought it was impossible for me to make it, but Heavenly Father did help me to find a way, gives me instructions & peoples to meet to help me work hard for my endowment...smile emoticon
Today is one of my remarkable day & year of my life, though struggles will more occur on my way i will try to stand firm, strong & faithful to my Creator & my Savior to stay & follow his will & counsel of my church leaders to lift me up spiritually to resist temptation. I will never be perfect but at least i will try to be a better person that will enjoy the Life i have, feel content to what i have with integrity, sincerity & honesty to share blessings, wisdom by serving others or be an example. It took 24 years for me to fulfill this goal but as my escort said Sis. Ling Ling Cacayorin its never too late but its done in the right time that our Heavenly Father prepared it for you to get it done, I really can't explain my feeling of joy today but one thing is for sure i will always keep this special day in my heart & in my memory forever. I feel strengthened & full of joy in my heart. I love my Creator, my Savior & I love & feel grateful of being ME!!!:D"
|Jane made this collage to express her feelings of gratitude.|
Aren't they adorable? We just love our sisters of the Pen 3 branch and
are so blessed to be in their presence each week!
|Some of the Peninsula 3 branch members outside the temple on the Temple Sabbath|