Emily Belle Freeman




"Establish...a House of God."  Gospel Doctrine Lesson #18

Some days are unforgettable.

You know the kind of days I am talking about...

The ones that you wish would happen, but aren't sure if they really will.

I had one of those days this week.

I have a friend.

She is a lover of quilts.  She has a way with colors, and designs, and patterns.  It is her gift.  She sews all of those pieces together and creates a masterpiece every time.

But that isn't her only gift.

She possesses a kindness that is soft.  When it comes to compassion her first response is yes.  She is patient, tolerant, and sensitive.

Sometimes when I look at her my heart swells with gratitude for the Visiting Teaching program.  What began as an assignment quickly turned into a friendship that I cherish deeply.

We have laughed together.  We have cried together.  We have talked about raising children, raising gardens, raising spouses.

Our conversations have included verses of scripture, counsel from prophets, and tidbits from Instagram.

Her friendship is a blessing in my life.

Over the years it has become increasingly clear to me that I am not the only one her sweet life has influenced.

She has a remarkable way of touching peoples hearts and leaving an impression there.

On Saturday afternoon I walked up the entrance of the Mt. Timpanogos temple.

The gardens were bursting with Spring, a fitting celebration for the occasion at hand.

I walked through sparkling glass doors into a place of holiness.

Gathered within that sacred place were people whose lives have been touched as mine has by this remarkable woman.

It was her first time in the Lord's house.  Unforgettable.

As we prepared to leave I looked at the faces of those who had come.  Each there to celebrate, but also to commune.

We stood, each of us shoulder to shoulder, and within the silence there was a moment of individual contemplation.  Reflection.  Peace.

"...and the offering up of your most holy desires unto me..."  (D&&C 95:16)

I stood there next to my friend...her offering up her most holy desires, and I offering mine.

In that moment my heart swelled again with gratitude.

God is good.

He has a way with people, and designs, and patterns.  He brings all of those pieces together and creates a masterpiece every time.

I thought of how this one remarkable woman had influenced each of our lives for good, and how somehow a loving Father orchestrated the events of our lives to match up.  Because of His goodness we had the opportunity to celebrate an afternoon that was unforgettable.

I wonder if He looked down upon us there in His House and smiled.

Deliberate Discipleship:

What are your most holy desires?  Perhaps you could set aside some time to visit His holy house.  Spend some time in the gardens, or the entrance room, or within the sacred walls and offer up those most holy desires to the Lord.

With time the celebration will come.

That day will be unforgettable.