Our Saturday: The Canadian Temple

April 17th, 2010

The Drive to Canada:

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Hi Everyone!! Guess what??  We drove to Canada today!!  Yep, it’s true.  There’s a new temple in Canada that the Prophet hasn’t blessed, yet, so we wanted to visit it!!  So this morning, we hopped in the car and took off…

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“I’m tired. May I nap now?”

Poor Scooters started the trip ready for his morning nap.

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And I started the trip enjoying some of my train books.

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While Mommy started the trip enjoying my bare toes.

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And the beautiful outskirts of our city.

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Awww! It wasn’t long before Scooters drifted off.

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And I decided to join him. :)

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Mommy and Daddy enjoyed the peaceful tranquility of children sleeping and gorgeous trees.

The Border:

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When we got to the border, we realized we were going to be there for a loooong while.  The Mormons were storming Canada and Canada wasn’t prepared.

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But that’s okay, because I got to drink a Caprisun!

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And we saw the Peace Arch!  It means that Canadians and Americans are friends.  I’m so glad!

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But we weren’t glad that there were a million Mormons trying to get across the border and only three lanes open.

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So we jumped ship while Mommy kept our spot in line.

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“Wook! A Peace Arch! I wike Canada!”

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While she was in line, Mommy remembered why she doesn’t like to drive in Canada.

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And I pushed Scooty-tooty in his stroller!

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“Hi, Mommy! Are you still in line?”

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“Okay, we’ll come back later!”

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Then we saw a PASSENGER train ZOOM by on the tracks behind us.  It was awesome!

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And Mommy was still in line, so we wandered some more.

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But then she moved!  And saw signs!

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So we ran back and joined her.

But then we still had to wait.

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So Scooters played with his socks!!!

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Hee, hee!  He loves his socks!

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**Fiercely intense chomp**

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And Mommy broke out her secret weapon.

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I love Mommy’s secret weapons.

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And then!!  We were next in line!! And then!!  We were in Canada!!

The Temple:

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Guess what!?!

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We’re here!!!

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We’re at the temple!!  And I get to go inside!!!

But first, we needed to find a place to park and walk back.

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Oooohhhh, isn’t it beautiful!

I wanted to go inside right away, but first we waited for our turn to join a tour group and watch an introductory video about temples and the history of Mormons in the surrounding cities.

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Then our group got in line to enter the temple!  And we saw lots of people we’ve known from all the places we’ve lived–it was like one big Mormon reunion!!

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And some of them totally saved Scooty-tooty’s tired bacon from getting fried as we waited in long lines (there were thousands and thousands of visitors!).

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They actually LET him pull their hair and then LAUGHED!!!  Mommy’s scalp cringed just watching, but since her baby was happy and they were happy, she was happy, too!

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And I got to eat a GOGURT!  So I was happy, too.

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But then.  My food ran out.   And I wanted to be a train and chug.  But I couldn’t!

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So Mommy and I jumped ship and chugged around while Daddy kept a spot in line.

AND THEN!!!

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It was our turn!  And I got to go inside!!  And it was so beautiful!

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I saw the baptismal font–where I’ll get to serve when I turn 12 years old.

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And a sealing room–just like where Mommy and Daddy were married.

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And an ordinance room–just like where Mommy and Daddy go to learn about God and the purpose of life.   (When Mommy showed me the altar, I asked, “Where’s the sacrifice?”)  :)

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And the beautiful, incomparable Celestial Room.

The room that represents what heaven will be like after this life.  A heaven with God and Jesus Christ.  And our families.

And being in that room all together as a family was a small glimpse of what it might be like to have our family for eternity.

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Because that’s what temples are all about.

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8 Comments

Rachel Williams | 4/17/2010 10:43 pm

Good for you, braving the crowds and making the effort to go! Looks like your family had a good trip!

 
Heidi Lawson | 4/17/2010 11:00 pm

Hmmm. You just made me very happy we made the decision to go on Wednesday evening. We only had 2 cars in front of us at the border. Isn’t that temple beautiful?!

 
Darcy D | 4/18/2010 4:31 am

What a beautiful temple! I loved the mural on the wall! ANd the celestial room is so beautiful!! Did you need a passport to get over the border? Oh, and bubbers looks like prince charming in the picture where bubbers is in the carseat and looking serious!

 
Lisita | 4/18/2010 10:49 am

Cute post Heidi. We are going this week. Did casual dress seem to be ok? I couldn’t tell if you were wearing pants or a skirt. :) Hoping pants are ok for all.

 
Heidi | 4/18/2010 2:54 pm

Yes! I wore pants. We looked online and it said modest dress. And a lot of other people were casual, too.

 
Heidi | 4/18/2010 2:56 pm

I loved the mural, too! I’d never seen that before and it was just beautiful!

Yes, we used passports. Once upon a time we could just use drivers licenses, but I don’t know if that would fly anymore. Oh, and just birth certificates for the kids.

Too cute that you saw a resemblance in Bubbers’ serious face! :)

 
Heidi | 4/18/2010 2:57 pm

LOL! Yeah, we totally wished we’d gone on a week day, but I’d never been to one before and didn’t realize it would be soooo crowded. We’re still glad we went, but next time we’ll be wiser. :)

 
Heidi | 4/18/2010 4:22 pm

Thanks, Rachel! I was so excited that Bubbers got to go inside!

 

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