People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.
I had a little bit of time between errands to go to the Temple. I was in Logan, about an hour away from my house. I had to give a talk up there and pick up some donations for a nonprofit my husband and I run.
I had two family names I could do work for in the Temple. I thought I’d choose inside which name I’d do, so I brought them both in. I was going to receive an endowment – their eternal gift. It’s confusing sometimes to explain what that is, but my favorite explanation is in this quote by Brigham Young:
“Let me give you a definition in brief. Your endowment is, to receive all those ordinances in the house of the Lord, which are necessary for you, after you have departed this life, to enable you to walk back to the presence of the Father, passing the angels who stand as sentinels, being enabled to give them the key words, the signs and tokens, pertaining to the holy Priesthood, and gain your eternal exaltation in spite of earth and hell.” https://www.lds.org/study/ensign/2007/10/come-to-the-temple?lang=eng
Basically, your endowment tells you how to get into heaven so you can be with Jesus Christ and your Heavenly Parents and not just float around the Spirit World after this life.
This whole process takes about two hours. On one hand, it’s no time at all to get all the info needed to make it into heaven, on the other it takes a huge chunk of the day! Especially when you already have a full to-do list with all the good things you’re doing.
But we know service is important, especially for those not living, so we make the time.
In the dressing room, I laid out both the names on the bench and considered who needed their endowment or who wanted it more. I didn’t get any crazy revelation, but I chose one of the names. After dressing, I went upstairs and began the temple work. When it was over (two hours later) I sat in the Celestial room, a beautiful room with a beautiful chandelier and a beautiful feeling where the veil seems thin and the angels seem louder.
I sat and pondered a while. I had a question I needed answered and I waited and soaked in the sweet Spirit. People came and went and after a lengthy time, I felt I was good to go. With my newfound answer and a happy heart, I made my way down to the dressing room where I began to change back into my street clothes.
As I was halfway dressed again, I felt the Spirit tell me I needed to stay in the temple and go through again and receive the endowment for the woman whose name I had on the second card I had brought.
I paused. What? No. I’ve been here a long time.
The feeling came again, stronger this time.
No! I said it aloud (quietly). If she wanted her work done, she should have told me when I was picking between the names the first time!
The feeling came again with even more force.
Absolutely not! I have been here for HOURS. I have things I need to do. I am busy! (I began to pray) Heavenly Father, I still have to pick up the donations… I run an entire nonprofit! I am a speaker, I give firesides and strengthen testimonies! I am a MOM, my kids are waiting for me to come home. Heavenly Father, I do GOOD THINGS!
But then the Spirit came again with this message: But you could do great things.
With a heavy sigh and a clenched jaw, I quickly changed my clothes back into my temple whites. I snatched the name card and headed back up to the endowment area.
I was spiritually void the entire session. In vain, I was trying to make the whole thing move faster.
After the session, I went through the Celestial room again, slowing down long enough to glance at the chandelier. I went straight out the closest door. As I pushed my wheelchair through, I saw a picture of the Savior on the hall wall. I thought of the second name I’d just received an endowment for and smiled as I knew she knew how to get into heaven. I thought of her reunion with her savior and Heavenly Parents and whispered (out loud) Well, I hope you’re having a good day.
To my surprise, I heard her respond. No, she said, I’m having a GREAT day!
I think all of us have a lengthy to-do lists of good things. We fill our time with family and friendships and service. And we’re tempted to ignore the whisperings of the Spirit when we’re prompted to veer away from (or completely disregard) what we think we need to do.
But when we admit that maybe, just maybe, the Spirit knows something we might not and we make the time to act when He tells us to act, we discover that our actions, our feelings, and the legacy we leave go from good to great.
Keep on Rollin’