His name is Brandon Lovesee. He is a student at BYU-Idaho (can I tell you how much I love Rexburg & and my old Alma Mater...Ricks College!!!), and he is from Kansas. He has been following the progress of the construction of the temple and had an opportunity to come home and see it for himself over his spring break from college. He took some photos and sent them to me to share as well as his testimony of the Kansas City Temple.
"I was on my mission when they announced the Kansas City Temple in conference. The other Elders I was with did not understand why I was so excited. They were all from Utah so they didn't understand the 4 hour drive (one way) to St. Louis, only being able to go to the temple once every few months, or anything like that. I was so excited. I thought about how I would be able to go much more regularly. I thought about being able to go with some of my friends from high school to the open house and helping them feel the Spirit (of course, being a missionary I pictured them all getting baptized too!) Hopefully, I'll be in the area during that time. I was one of only a few members in my high school, so I have many friends to share with.
The Kansas City Temple also reminds me of the sacrifice of the early Saints in this area. Though it is not being built at THE temple site in Independence, it is still in an area full of church history. These Saints gave so much so that we could have the Gospel today.
I know that the Church is true and that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I know that at the temple, we can be sealed into forever families to return to live with Father someday. I know that Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet on the Earth today."
Pictures and words shared with permission by Brandon Lovesee
Thank you Brandon for sharing your testimony and example with us. "Hello" also to the rest of you BYU-I'ers, who I adore. Life is good there. Love your time there. Go to the Rexburg Temple often. It is spectacular and I wish it had been there when I was there.
A photo I snapped on my phone of the Rexburg Temple last summer in the dawning hours of a storm.
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