Today our son Steven is marrying his sweetheart in the Rexburg, Idaho Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the Mormon church, we believe that marrying in the temple is not just for time but for all eternity. Such marriages are sealed by Priesthood authority.
It is a wonderful, awe-inspiring thing made all the more beautiful by the very simplicity of it. And isn't that the way with many things, those that are the most special, the most sacred have as their hallmarks simplicity and truth.
As I think of Steve and his lovely bride, I am excited for the new life they are forging together. What they had before is now assimilated into a union sanctified by the Lord, with His blessings and His approbation.
In anticipation of this event, it was easy to become wrapped around the parties and clothes and flowers and food that go into making up a wedding reception. I reminded Steven that those things were well and good, but that they were just the outward trappings, that anything of true importance happened within the temple walls.
So, for today, I am grateful that my son and his bride can be sealed together for all eternity.