On Saturday, Jazz, Isabelle and I were sealed together as a family for all of eternity in the Sacramento, California temple. What a special and spiritual day we spent together-it is hard to describe just how wonderful our entire day was surrounded by our family.
For my friends who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, let me explain. When Jazz and I were married civilly, we were married for time, or until “death do us part.” We believe that our church possesses the power to marry people not only time but also for all of eternity, linked together beyond death. Jazz and I were not initially married in the temple because Jazz was not yet baptized a member of the church. Since his baptism last year, we have both been preparing and working to learn about the temple and live worthily so that we could enter in the House of the Lord and be sealed for eternity. It is something I have been looking forward to my whole life, but especially since Jazz was baptized, and even more so after Isabelle was born.
I am so grateful that my family was all able to attend. Sean and Rachel brought baby Jakob up from Irvine, Sabs and Mo drove across Nevada from Utah, and mom and dad, Scott, JaNae and Madilyn drove down from Redding. We missed Jazz’s family and I know they were with us in spirit.
I was pretty emotional the whole day- it just felt so surreal but also so familiar and so right, like I was home. I will never forget how it felt to kneel across the alter and look into Jazz’s eyes as we committed to each other forever and ever. And then, Isabelle was brought in to be sealed to us and I really, really lost it. She looked so beautiful in her long white dress (same one she was blessed in as a newborn) and her smiley pink face- it is a memory I want to keep fresh forever. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room by the time we were finished being sealed.
After we left the temple, it was like I was on a high the rest of the day. Our babies played together, some people took naps, we sat around and talked about our favorite part of the morning. My testimony of the gospel was strengthened so much, I am especially grateful for temples so that families can be together forever. I can’t wait to go back.
(More photos to come, we had a few professional photos taken together.. we should get those back in a few weeks)
For more information about our church and about temple marriage, feel free to visit lds.org or mormon.org. Or email me!