Monday, October 15, 2018

Nicholas Visits The Temple

Saturday morning at 4:30 am, Mr. Nielson woke up the 4 older Little Nies
 and drove over 4 hours (plus 1 speeding ticket),
to South Carolina to serve in the temple.
Being twelve is a big age for worthy kids in
 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
because they are eligible to serve in certain parts in the temple.
Nicholas has been looking forward to this opportunity for years,
 especially since his older siblings are enjoying their temple experiences.
(Claire HERE)

(Jane HERE)

(Oliver HERE)
Months leading up to Nicholas's temple visit, 
we had family discussions and answered his questions like;
 what do I wear?  Where do I go? Who is with me? Is it scary?
I am so glad he has older siblings who can show him the ropes!
I explained to Nicholas that holy temples are places where we can go to feel
closer to God and His love and mercy.
 God wants us close to Him and has provided temples
for us to do just that.
Usually Mr. Nielson and I take our newly 12 year old 
children to the temple together.
But this trip would have to be a different since the temple is so far away, 
and leaving Lottie was turning out to be rather hard,
(I couldn't leave Lottie in the hands of Angus... wait, could I? ;).
(Find out what twelve year-olds do in the temple here)

My favorite temple story Here.

"Latter-day Saint temples are considered houses of God, 
a place of holiness and peace separate from the preoccupations of the world. 
They provide a place where Church members make
 formal promises and commitments to God. 
They are also the place where the highest sacraments
 of the faith occur — the marriage of couples and the “sealing” 
of families for eternity." (here)
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At then end of this week our family is planning on taking another
RV trip, this time up North to our destination in Sleepy Hollow, NY.
We've been there before and loved it! It's a must-see destination especially
in October!  Along the way we will visit Revolutionary War spots, museums,
 see our old house in New Jersey where Oliver was born, and visit 
the beautiful Manhattan temple.