Later this year will be our 10 year anniversary. Ten years since we were married in the Logan LDS Temple in Cache County, Utah. Since we were down with the kids in Logan for a reunion, we made a stop.
Hiram, Aliza, Amanda, and Lillian Ross
The day turned out to be beautiful despite being the middle of October. Other than the angle of the sun, you might never have known it was October.
We took a picture in one of the doorways that we also took pictures 10 years ago. Time flies.
Amanda, Lillian, Hiram, Paul, and Aliza Ross
Of course I have heard multiple comments on my neon toes! Thank you to my in-laws for making me push my boundaries and wear toed shoes.
On the way home I asked the kids their favorite part of the trip. The quick response for both was the temple.
I have always felt a strong family connection to the Logan Temple.
John Nuffer and Eva Greiner, my 3rd great grandparents were sealed here 123 years ago in 1892. They were married 25 July 1867 in Neuffen, Esslingen, Wuerttemberg. You can read of them here.
Olle Christiansen and Constance Jorgensen, my 3rd great grandparents were sealed here 122 years ago in 1893. They were married in 1874 in Norway (and have yet to find the exact date and location).
John Wanner and Anna Schmid, my 3rd great grandparents were sealed here 117 years ago in 1898. They were married 6 June 1870 in Holzgerlingen, Boblingen, Wuerttemberg. Read more about them at this link.
John Wanner and Regina Nuffer, my 2nd great grandparents were married and sealed here 117 years ago on 31 August 1898. Read of them with this click.
Herbert Coley and Martha Christiansen, my 2nd great grandparents were sealed here 115 years ago in 1900. They were married 1 December 1896 in Lewiston, Cache, Utah.
Joseph Jonas and Lillian Coley, my great grandparents were married and sealed here 99 years ago on 6 September 1916. Read more of their marriage here.
Paul Ross and Amanda Hemsley, us, were married and sealed here 10 years ago on 20 December 2005.
This is just the sealing ordinances. This does not include endowments, baptisms, or second washings and anointings for my ancestors. I received my own endowment here with my father on 1 September 1998. Who knows what future ordinances for my family may take place in Logan.
All I know, I miss the days of attending the Logan temple. I miss learning in the House of the Lord for Stake instruction. I miss the fill the temple sessions where we would work in the temple all night long. I miss going to the temple with roommates. I miss doing endowment sessions on a regular basis with my wife, we often feel guilty leaving our kids with others for that long (and the drive).
One thing I know, and I hope my family history work proves this, I know the temple blessings are real. I see them in my life and feel them on a regular basis. I am grateful for my ancestors who went before and provided an example of what, and what not, to do.
Aliza kept asking if she could go inside the temple. I told her she would have to wait until she was at least 12. I am glad Aliza and Hiram also feel the draw to the temple. Hopefully those covenants are already beginning to find the way into their little hearts. Great promises and responsibilities come from the temple. That is my testimony.