Each of my children has chosen a temple to be “their” temple. They did this on their own about a year ago. Kyra chose the Salt Lake temple (of course, it is mom’s favorite) Kaeson chose the Jordan River temple (since we can practically see it from our home and pass it atleast twice a day,) and Kelton got randomly assinged the Oquirrh Mountain temple (his siblings decided this for him as we were passing it on our way to hobby lobby one day.)
We have tried to talk as openly to our children about the temples as we could. They have always been fascinated with them. Often when we pass by a temple, I let them get out of the car and let them run up and touch the temple. They love that they can say how many temples they have touched.
Today, we took them to the Draper Temple open house. For them, this was a great experience to finally get inside and see what it is like on the inside. I spent most of the day explaining to them how they needed to behave. My sister came along with us and she was a joy! I love having her around and the extra pair of hands really comes in handy.
As a shout out to my dad, he filmed the movie that you watch before touring the actual temple. Kaeson was so proud and told everyone around us that his grandpa was the movie maker. The tour of the temple was very nice. All of the kiddos were very well behaved. Kaeson held my hand the entire time and whispered. I about fell over I was in so much shock. Kyra was a little angel and kept asking question after question. Toad, well Toad was tired and so he tried!
It was a wonderful experience to take my children there and have the chance to talk to them about what a special place the temple is. I remember going through the Jordan River temple when I was about Kyra’s age and it was an awe inspiring moment. I hope that it was for my children. As we left, Kyra said to me, “Mom, I am always going to remember that you brought me to the temple.” It made my day.