This is where I spent my Saturday.
(Louisville Kentucky Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
I went to the temple for the first time on Saturday. I wanted to do a temple trip for Ben’s birthday (which was last Saturday) so we went.
It was wonderful. I don’t really even have the words to talk about it.
I just felt so happy and peaceful the whole time I was there and I know that the ordinances performed there are sacred and essential. While you’re in the temple your cares about the world outside just fade away. I’d always heard this, and already had a testimony of it from seeing the the Manhattan Temple from outside. Saturday’s trip really proved it to me. And the grin Ben had on his face the whole day is something I’ll never forget.
I just wish the temple wasn’t so far away. (It’s about a 2.5 hour drive and I don’t have a car.) I can’t wait to go again. I can’t wait until the Indianapolis Temple is built.
Temple Work Question
With all of the media hubbub lately about LDS posthumous baptisms, the church has been making a point of reiterating the policies for submitting names for proxy temple ordinances. (There was a letter from the First Presidency about it read during all sacrament meetings worldwide last week, everyone who participates in genealogical indexing got an email about it, etc.)
I have’t submitted any names yet and it’s not something I’ll probably do in the super near future (though I’ll do as much of my family tree as I can when I can) but I’ve got a question.
The big issue lately is that people have been submitting names of people who aren’t their own ancestors. They’ve been breaking the clearly stated church rules about submitting names from “unauthorized groups such as celebrities and Jewish Holocaust victims.”
My question is: What other groups are unauthorized? The wording “such as” (and I actually looked up the grammar on this because I’m a nerd and I had to double check myself) indicates that there are more unauthorized groups, but they’re not mentioned. I even downloaded the family history leadership guide to try to find out but it didn’t mention anything about this.
Chances are, if I’m doing work for my own ancestors (with proper approval from their living children if they still have any!), I’m fine. But I’m really curious about this. It’s important information.
Does anyone have any insight about this? Help a sister out?