So I finally get everyone back on a schedule and I find out that because of my husband's calling in the Stake we are blessed with the opportunity to be tour guides for VIP's at the Draper Temple. After being briefly trained, we have spent time at the new temple, taking wonderful people who have worked on the temple or live next to the temple, on tours. Of course, occasionally, one of the general authorities come with their families to go on personal tours. It's thrilling to be in their midst.
This temple is exquisite, in both structure, decor, and spirit. There is a tangible reverance and spirit that can't be described. One experience that stands out is a group I helped escort that was taking their ailing father on a tour. He suffered from bone cancer and wasn't well. In fact, he looked as though he was in a great deal of pain. It was difficult watching him, yet I knew this was where he wanted to be with his family. When we got to the Celestial Room, everyone was silent. The family's bishop, who was pushing this gentleman's wheelchair, bent down next to him and said, "do you know which room this is?" The man opened his eyes and looked up and said in a whisper, "the Celestial Room." His wife and daughters watched, with tears in their eyes, as they saw the patriarch of this family, glimpsing into eternity. The meaning of the room had much more significance through the eyes of this dear brother.
Is there anything more meaningful or precious than time we spend with our families? Sometimes the busy-ness of life causes us to forget that serving and spending time with our families is the most important thing we can do in life.
After my experience in the Draper Temple I have a new perspective on my priorities. Playing with my granddaughter, watching movies together as a family, seeing a child develop talents or receive a church calling, are my glimpses into eternity.
So, even though my house could use a good dusting, and the floors need to be vacuumed, I have laundry and dishes piled high, I think I'll go snuggle with Halle instead. We won't do housework in heaven, right?