Thursday, June 9, 2011
Visiting the un-London Temple
The "London" Temple is anything but London. It is in the quiet countryside in southeast England.
For one who had a temple within a ten minute drive for most of her life (and an hour max, with traffic, in DC), the thought and practice of going to the temple here, which can take in excess of 9 hours, has been so very frustrating that I have lost the sense and purpose of going entirely. Instead, my husband and I have taken to going to the temple whenever we are not in London (California, Holland, DC) because it is so much easier and less stressful.
Yet I think I may have finally figured out how to go to the temple here and keep the Spirit - the entire day. And that's what it takes - an entire day. Instead of planning the temple as part of a normal day filled with whatever else it is filled with, I have begun to look at that whole day as a temple vacation day.
For last Saturday, it was mission accomplished. I woke up, had a leisurely early morning with my husband, then walked down to Victoria Station to catch the 11:23 train to Lindberg with a friend in town from Paris. After 45 minutes of pleasant conversation, we arrived and called the taxi company, who knew immediately that we wanted to go to the temple (it was the first question asked).
We then did a session and ambled back through the countryside to a little teashop in Lindberg, enjoyed a delicious afternoon (herbal) tea, then headed back on the train. Because I had nothing else planned that day, I did not fret when the train took an extra 1/2 hour getting back into London Victoria.
Now when I hear stories from the prophet of Saints saving up money for years to go to the temple once as a family, I won't feel so bad that the temple is entirely convenient for me. Perhaps the greater blessings provided by the temple were meant to require some sacrifice. When we finally figure out how to make it willingly, then I suppose the windows of heaven open wide and far. I certainly have noticed and been surprised by a few more blessings coming my way this week.