Kim DeRyke (now Stapely)
& her family have been really good family friends of ours for years.
My family had the opportunity to watch her get
Married for Time & All Eternity in the St. George Temple.
I didn't actually get to watch with everyone else,
I spent hours defending it.
I've stood up for what I believe in before, but nothing like this.
This discussion pushed me toe to toe on everything I know to be true.
It was hard.
especially since it was 3:00 am
and the conversation was over text messaging
(where you just can't explain such special thing over)
with someone that I really care about.
I'm not sure that this person even heard my testimony
but hopefully something was planted.
Watching Kim and Kyle walk out of the Temple
so happy and so in love was a strong confirmation
that that is what I want someday.
I might not have been inside the Temple
(well, not including the baptistery)
but I do have a testimony that it is the House of the Lord
where sacred covenants are made so that we can live with Him
and our families Forever.
It might be hard to stand up for our beliefs, but it's definitely worth it.