Even though I have an overwhelming amount of school work to do, I have to express my emotion regarding the announcement of a temple to be built in Fort Lauderdale! You can not imagine the joy and excitement we felt when we heard such incredible news. Either it's my already stuffy nose from getting sick yet again, or I am feeling incredibly emotional about getting a temple. Probably a combination of the two. President Monson said 86 percent of the church lives within 200 miles of a temple. I just googled it and we live 213 miles away from the nearest temple. When he said that, the thought occurred to me that we would be on the list to get a temple... and we were!
It is always a huge sacrifice to go to the temple. Our stake has been chartering two temple buses a month up to Orlando for several years now which generally leave at 4:30 or 5:00 am and don't get back till about 6:00 or 7:00 pm. These bus trips have been really great, but it is always a hassle trying to find families to watch kids all day, or even over night. Sometimes we drive our kids the 3 hours up there, take turns and then drive back. Sometimes we go separately. Usually I try to go to a temple whenever I travel, because there seems to always be one where we end up going.
But I can only imagine how great it will be to call a babysitter for the night, drive 15 minutes and be at the temple. Or even go when my kids are in school. What a blessing! And I know it will be a blessing for all the other members, as well as the many good people that live down here who do not know about the church. I am just so grateful, emotional, excited and feel so blessed to be able to witness Christ's church move forward in all parts of the world, even my own back yard!