This afternoon was very special. I got to go to the temple with my friend Ema and her son Regan. Regan received his endowments tonight in preparation for his mission to Japan. While sitting in the session I watched Ema watching her son experience the temple for the first time. It was such a beautiful sight. Like a movie on a fast rewind setting, I saw all the days and nights that Ema had dedicated to noble young man. All the days she cried with him and laughed with him, the serious conversations about life, and the fun times at the beach. The days she made him do his homework and go to scouts, and getting him to do his chores right and finish his dinner! Even the dreaded rule that she had; which was that he had to date two girls first before he could date that same girl again (oh mom!) And tonight came the reward. He followed her to the steps of the temple and came inside. What more could any mother want. Em - I salute you! You are amazing and my role model. You have done a great job raising your children as a single parent.
And just a few words about Regan. I told him tonight of the joy I experienced watching him in the temple. I tried to liken that joy to anything outside of the temple and came up lacking. There is an indescribable emotion I experience when I see our youth in the temple. They are so valiant and strong. I know there has been sacrifices to be worthy to be in the temple and to stand as a witness of Christ for two years. In a world where everything is about me, me, me, and now, now, now, it is so wonderful to witness selflessness and pure love in the eyes of a young man who loves his Savior, and in the eyes of a mother who loves her son.
Thank you both for the privilege of being there with you tonight. The song we sing in Primary rings true. I love to see the temple .... Im going there someday!