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April 7th, 2007

(no subject) @ 10:36 pm

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This clam chowder Soup in Hand soup is really surprisingly good and it's filling enough, even though it's in a small microwavable can-like container. This is the first I've had post-surgery, and will be pretty handy to eat as my mouth heals.

I have more swelling today than I had after the surgery, and it does hurt when I change facial expressions or press on my chin a it, but it doesn't hurt all the time, and is easily manageable with pain medication. It wasn't bad enough that I didn't feel like I couldn't go to the temple today so that was good. It was also good that Bishop reminded me to take my pain meds and antibiotics at lunch time (1 pm), so that was good.

Here's a description of the day, lj cutted so you don't have to read a huge amount. It's a very very brief description, but if I described the why of everything related to ordinances for the dead, it might take pages.

We left for Oklahoma City at about 5:15 to get to Bishop's house at 5:30 or so. We ended up getting there at about 6:00, which was right on target for leaving so that we would get there by 10, even with a quick stop at McDonalds. We got there at ten, and I was pretty excited to be able to present my temple recommend for the first time. If you are a member of the LDS church, and follow some basic rules of worthiness (tithing, not drinking coffee tea alcohol or taking drugs, you repent for your sins, etc.), you can get a temple recommend which allows you to go inside the temple to perform various temple ordinances. As I haven't been a member for long, I only have a recommend for one year, and one that only allows me to go as far as the baptistry and confirmation room.



What we did today was baptize and do confirmations for the dead (baptize by water, and by fire). We believe that those who die go to a paradiselike spirit world to await the Second Coming of Christ. This is commonly known by the majority of Christians as Heaven. Here we'll have our spirits and will be close to God, but we won't have our bodies until the Second Coming. So for those who don't accept Jesus Christ and the fullness of the Gospel (including the Book of Mormon), we believe that they won't go to hell, but will be able to go to the spirit world (Heaven), to learn about the Gospel. We do baptisms for our relatives that have died so that, if they learn about Jesus Christ and accept this Gospel, they can by proxy, be baptized and confirmed. It may seem weird to those that the concept is unnatural, but it makes sense to me, and it's what I believe. I'm truly thankful that I believe in something strongly.


We had about 24 people there, and we performed about 2000 ordinances for the dead. I think I would have felt more peaceful if I hadn't have had a mouth surgery the prior day (painful), but I was glad to do the baptisms and confirmations, and I would and

Tomorrow's Easter, and we're going to have some kind of choral thing, or I should say a few Choral things at church. Not sure if I'm going to eat dinner at someone's house, but I hope I do *something* for Easter. Sorry I had to put so many cuts in this entry, ultimately, I would have wanted to do nested lj cuts, but I guess lj's out to make my life dfficult so ... Oh well.

I probably should close this entry and get to bed soonishly after I read some scripture, I sure didn't get much sleep last night and I need to get caught up from the surgery. I'm hoping by tomorrow, especially after I put some ice on my face, that the swelling will calm down as well. More soon, and I hope this entry wasn't too hugely boring. More boringness soon.
 
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From:awallens
Date:April 8th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
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Hey is it true Fiona could not go with you? I asked a friend of mine who is Mormon if guide dogs were allowed in the temple and she said no. I'm just wondering the why behind that? Is it because dogs are unclean or?... You can email me if you with with the answer... I've just always wondered.
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From:djner
Date:April 9th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
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I thought I would wait to answer questions, but it is one way I can forget my pain. And I'll try to do my best at answering this question (I don't mind putting it in comments). I don't know everything, so don't quote me. I'm still trying to get some policies changed myself, so we'll see what happens.

I don't think that dogs aren't allowed into the temple just because they are unclean. One thing I didn't explain, or maybe I did I don't know, is that when we're in the temple, we all wear white to symbolize purity. So having a dog in the temple proper would be a bit different in that respect.

The way the temple folks explained it to me on Saturday was that when you go into the temple alone as a blind person, there would be no real reason why you might need your dog there. They can't, for example, go in the water with you to do baptisms etc. Also, in the other ordinances that are done at the temple, they would have a worker assigned to help you out through the temple. So really, I don't mind not bringing my dog into the actual temple.

What I have an issue with is that there isn't a policy for what you do with your dog when you're in the temple. There's a waiting room that everyone can go in, and what I've suggested is that dogs b allowed to be left there for the hour or so that you might be in the temple. For me, I live four hours away from the temple, so I either have to leave Fiona for the whole day with a friend, or leave her alone for a while. I don't like either of these options, and would feel much more comfortable if I could leave her in the waiting room. They said that they might be able to arrange with someone to watch Fiona for the short time that we're in there, but still.

I guess the point I'm trying to make is that I want to actually go to the temple, and I see their point that the dog would probably get in the way more than it would be worth to take her in. So I think it's a combination of dogs having the reputation of being unclean and unbehaved (regular dogs), and the fact that they're willing to help you out while you're in there. Does this make sense? Talk to you later. I better stop before I confuse myself further.

All the best.

Noel
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From:jzsfreak
Date:April 9th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
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I didn't know you were Mormon. I left the church at 17, but did baptisms for the dead too.
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From:djner
Date:April 9th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I'm one of those evil converts :). I had to go to your userinfo page and see who you were, didn't know you changed your name, but glad to hear from you again. I'm glad you did what you felt was the best in leaving the church. I had to make tough decisions as it came to religion in my life, and as I went through this whole process, I bacame so glad that I live in the country that I do, and that I am free to worship God in the way I choose. Thanks for continuing to read my entries. I hope they're not too boring for you. I continue to enjoy your entries. Oh yeah, glad you're still reading the Bible and are continuing to be spiritual. Many that leave the church abandon religion completely, and I think that's a pretty big mistake. All the best to you, and thanks so much for respecting my beliefs and commenting :).

Ner
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From:jzsfreak
Date:April 9th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
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I always wonder if my old LJ friends will wonder who the heck I am after I changed my username from Craptalker. Ha Ha! I think I confused a few people.

I've been on quite the spiritual journey, but I am very very happy now and have never felt so close to Christ as I have in the past couple of years. My Mom converted to Mormonism through a couple of missionaries when I was really young and then converted all of us, so I grew up in it. After a lot of research, I had to leave Mormonism because of the theology of it and I learned a lot of things that frankly scared me, but Mormons are still some of the nicest people I know and I also know that their hearts are into it and their faith is very real. After I left the LDS church, I was lost and considered myself Agnostic for about 13 years until I met Jesus again 2 years ago and allowed Him to really work in my life (although I'm still a total mess and a major work in progress). It's amazing how absolutely empty life is without Him and how much more secure, centered, loving and free you are when God's the center of it. Now I'm actually teaching our youth group a couple of times a month and involved in a Christian church that makes me feel whole and free to be myself. Even the Bible took on a whole new meaning when your heart is in the right place. And, I'm sure you were really wanting to know my whole spiritual background...ha ha....but there you have it. =)

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