Tuesday, August 11, 2015

This post is going to be a little out of order. I've wanted to include posts as we went on this crazy adventure in Columbus, but we have been busy making memories, so I will have to post about them later.  I just wanted to get my thoughts out on what a great day we had yesterday.
My heart is so full.  I love my God, and I feel Him, and I trust Him.  I've really felt Him close to me, guiding me. I've been able to see His hand in my life every day on this trip, and in the weeks leading up to it, and His love is what I was feeling on our way to visit Kirtland, OH.
I've been wanting to visit for years, but this was my first real opportunity. I'm glad it took this long, however, because I was prepared in ways I can't really describe in this post.
We visited the temple first.  The really great thing about carrying a sketchbook, is that sometimes they will let you sketch what they won't let you photograph.  I was so disappointed that I couldn't take pictures inside the temple, and so I asked if I could do the next best thing - sketch it.  The tour guide said absolutely and even talked long enough at each stop to let me get the important information down so I can go back and finish the drawings later.
When we got to the last room - the chapel on the second floor, while I was sketching, the tour guide said they usually sing The Spirit of God, but since it was just Kameron and I and one other visitor, he said we didn't have to do that.
While I was finishing the last sketch, I thought, "Wait!  I want to sing!"  I didn't know what to do - I didn't know if I had the courage to ask if we could sing anyways - it was not something I would normally do, but then I thought, "There is no way I am coming all the way to the Kirtland Temple without singing The Spirit of God in it like my ancestors did.  I don't know when I'll be able to come back, and I came for the full experience!"
So, completely out of character for me, I asked him if we could sing it.  He said that usually there's someone to play the organ, but we can sing it a capella like the pioneers did. 
Even better! I love a capella!
So, we sang it.  And it was amazing! I can't even describe the feelings I had.
So that was the attitude I took with me into the rest of the tour of Historic Kirtland - that I came for the full experience.  I participated and read quotes, and it all made my experience more rich by doing things that are usually pretty outside of my comfort zone.
And this morning I was thinking about that thought I had - I came for the full experience!  That applies to life!  I came here for the full experience, and I am not going to let fear rob me of that anymore!

I'll post the sketches of the Kirtland Temple after I clean them up.

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