|Taken April 17th during Sara and Birch's visit|
"Heaven on earth" is about as good a description as we know of for the feeling at any temple, but we now have a real soft spot for this beautiful House of the Lord in Fiji. One of our missionary blessings here is to help prepare individuals and families to attend the temple for the first time. The temple is a wonderful house of faith, prayer, and spiritual education. Another quote we like from President Hinckley emphasizes the latter: "The temple becomes a school of instruction in the sweet and sacred things of God. Here we have outlined the plan of a loving Father in behalf of His sons and daughters of all generations. Here we have sketched before us the odyssey of man's eternal journey from pre-mortal existence through this life, to the life beyond." In the temple, we feel especially close to the Savior and better understand His immeasurable love and sacrifice for us. How we appreciate that and feel increased gratitude for the expression of John the Beloved: "We love him, because he first loved us." (1 John 4:19)
Over the last few months, we've been meeting with Viliame Nava (27 years old), and the Nairoqo family so that their first time at the temple would be more comfortable and meaningful. On April 27th we met them and other members from the west side of Fiji after a 6+ hours bus ride to Suva. Viliame is a terrific young man whose father died when he was a young boy. He farms and generally takes responsibility for a large extended clan as well as looking after his 67 year old mother, Miriama.
They were so happy to be at the temple and to have their family "sealed" for time and eternity. That is one of the great blessing of the temple, to know and be assured that God intended marriage and family to extend beyond the grave.
Little Lilly Nairoqo (6) had been been counting the days leading up to this trip and her mother, Elenoa, said each day when she came home from school she would run up and ask, "Is tomorrow the day?" Finally, that day had come. We cannot express the joy we had to be in the temple with this family. Knowing all they've gone through to grow in faith, and seeing the happiness that has come from it has been a singular joy for us.
|Elenoa's mother joined them for this happy day|