I had no intention of posting today. We are at home. Exhausted. I need to mow the lawn and pack for our vacation, but all I have enough energy to do is play on my laptop.
And I did want to capture a couple of memories.
Yesterday was wedding day for my eldest son, FOML2. He and his beautiful bride were married in an LDS temple, which makes it even better. Their marriage was performed by a man who held the authority to "seal" them together so that they have the potential to remain married even after this life and into the next. The words "'til death do you part," are not part of the equation or ceremony.
I have been to a lot of sealings. Mine still ranks as the very best, but many have been wonderful, sacred events. Yesterday was something new for me. And I was in awe.
The best way I can describe it is by saying that I am plenty "book smart" - I know the doctrines regarding eternal marriage and believe them. I've witnessed many, and have a pretty good understanding of temples, marriage and how great it can be when it all works together like it should.
However, I was unprepared for how much more powerful and emotional it was having MY son and HIS true love being joined together to create an entirely new family unti. It was so far beyond what I was expecting, and I had very high expectations.
The best I can do is use silly words like "cool" and "awesome". (Surprisingly, neither of which are used in D&C 132) I mentioned this to a friend who helped me out by saying "Maybe the description you are looking for is 'Joy and rejoicing in your posterity."
He nailed it: Joy and rejoicing in my posterity*.
I am joyful, rejoicing and grateful
The rest of the stuff was nice too: The rehearsal dinner the night before and the reception last night were both beautiful, replete with people we love, and good food and fancy decor.
Oh yeah - one other memorable event that I refuse to let overshadow the good stuff: My son's new mother-in-law disappeared from reception line, went into the bathroom and passed out - resulting in paramedics, IVs, ambulance and a long night in the hospital: Severe dehydration and exhaustion. Really. She''s very sad, doing better and should come home today...
So, if there is a temple wedding in your child's future, be prepared for something wonderful. And hydrate.
* I checked - this is a term used in General Conference talks and BYU speeches - so don't freak out.