The lesson in young womens today was on the temple endowment - which caused me to reflect on the day that John and I were married. Because of my service as a full-time missionary, I had been endowed for five years by the time John and I were married; but the Temple endowment (and all the other ordinances that I had previously participated in) took on a whole new meaning the day I was able to enter the beautiful Salt Lake Temple and be sealed to my eternal sweetheart. That blessed event took place exactly 4 years ago today. These four years have supplied us with many life changing experiences and unforgettable memories. We have had countless opportunities for joy and laughter, and also some moments of heartache and tears...but through it all - and because of it all - we have fallen more and more in love with each other.
Last night John surprised me by lining up a babysitter, and then took me to a very fancy restaurant, followed by a movie. As if our wonderful evening together wasn't enough, this morning he presented me with this most beautiful, framed picture, of the Salt Lake Temple. I will forever cherish this special gift from my sweetheart, as it will serve as a reminder of, not only the promises we made together as we knelt across the sealing alter, but also of the countless blessings the Lord has bestowed upon our marriage.
John, thank you for blessing me with four of the best years of my life. I love you with my whole heart and soul, and look forward to celebrating many many anniversaries together.