At the Stockholm Temple

Tuesday-Friday we did around 4 temple sessions per day starting at 9 and ending at 6.

At first we were both quite intimidated by spending THAT much time in the temple, as we had only ever done one session at a time before. We were afraid we’d get bored or worse, be that person. You know the one. The one who starts snoring at the worst possible time.

We were pleasantly surprised though! I can’t speak for Chris, but I felt such a sense of peace there that it made everything go quickly, and on the few occasions it went slow I didn’t mind so much. It was wonderful to be there with Chris so often as well as the rest of the ward members.

Usually right after the temple, everyone gathered in the community kitchen at the patron house to make dinner. One night, as is apparently a yearly temple trip tradition, we all went out to a neighboring pizza joint and pigged out on really good pizza.

Chris picked a banana curry pizza. I wasn’t a fan, but he loved it…

Another night, everyone bought their favorite flavor of Haagen-Daas or Ben & Jerry’s and we had a massive family-style ice cream party.

Then the kids would run wild in the yard, the youth would gather to play card games, and the adults would circle around and chat until eventually someone would pick up a guitar or ukulele and the rest of the evening would end up in a big sing-along music fest.

Near the end of the trip I commented to Chris, “I don’t think I’ve felt this much spiritual camaraderie and unity for a week straight since my days of EFY and church history trips. In fact, it kind of feels like an adult Youth Conference.”

I love knowing that those days aren’t behind us :)


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  1. O-Dad says:

    Beautiful and wonderful. It’s been a long time for me (Topsham, Maine to Washington D.C. in the mid-1980s), but the memories for me are similarly full of camaraderie, spirituality and PEACE.

  2. Shannon says:

    Thanks for sharing. You mentioning the spiritual camaraderie and the youth playing card games brought me a flood of sweet similar feelings. We took a ward/youth temple trip when I was a youth in Puerto Rico to the closest temple in Dominican Republic. We each saved our $300 and took a 12-hour ferry ride across the sea. We youth definitely played card games on our journey and it was so much fun to be together! My fondest memories of my youth are when I lived in Puerto Rico. :-) thanks again for sharing.

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