Sunday, May 25, 2008

A House of God

When I was a little girl, I couldn't pronounce the word "temple". I would say "plento". Or so I'm told. I don't remember any specific instances where the temple stands out in my mind from my childhood days - I am sure I saw plenty of them as they are abundant in the state of Utah. I suppose we as a family never had to make the same sacrifice of taking an entire weekend just to attend the temple as we do now where we live and most likely when my parents did go, we would stay at home with a babysitter or my grandma or something. A lot of the time we end up having to take Aedan with us, either working out some sort of swap with friends or family (luckily Neal's parents can work it out to have Aedan while we go) or we have done it where Neal and I will take turns watching Aedan while the other is in the temple.

Aedan loves to see the "tempo"

I am fine with it and all said and done, I still feel like we have it easier than others in our area because we have family we can spend the night with on the way. But all that said, I don't know how often I got to be close to a temple growing up, while Aedan has had several opportunities. Well, he doesn't quite understand why we go, and maybe he doesn't quite understand the sacrifice, but I am glad for the opportunity we have to bring him with us because I do think that he readily recognizes temples (and any other fancy building is a temple to him now) and from what little gospel learning he has had, he can associate it with perhaps God, or Jesus, or love. That is, in my mind, a wonderful thing!

All of us at the St Louis LDS Temple, pics taken over Thanksgiving weekend 2007.
I think around 18months old Aedan learned to say the last word/words of each line of the song I Love to See the Temple and he still loves to sing it. He went through a phase where instead of saying the word "pray" he would say "play" which just gives me the giggles. We just recorded this today (first verse only) as I hadn't successfully recorded it earlier and I also wanted to help him remember our recent temple trip. I'll post the lyrics because while the way he says things are cute, I may be the only one who understands him...

Words and Music by Janice Kapp Perry
I love to see the temple.
I'm going there someday
To feel the Holy Spirit,
To listen and to pray.
For the temple is a house of God,
A place of love and beauty.
I'll prepare myself while I am young;
This is my sacred duty.


  1. That is really cute. That's wonderful that he is learning the son at such a young age. We are kind of blessed that we are able to go to the temple as often as we do. I think about people in other countries and how they spend days traveling to get their rather than just hours.

  2. That video is too cute! It's amazing how much little kids love the temple and how reverenced they feel when they are around it.

  3. Annagrace loves the video. She walked from across the room to see it when she heard you two singing. And she applauded with you at the end! She keeps wanting to watch it over and over.

  4. That is amazing! Aedan is one smart cookie :) Thanks for sharing the video. Even though it is quite difficult going to the temple every month it is really amazing how much Gigi gets out of it. There are always extra blessings in disguise.


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