Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dillon's Temple Trip

My little brother Dillon is going to college in the same town that we live in. It's so fun to have him around!
We give him dating advice, and he keeps Cheyenne entertained, so it's a great trade off.

Dillon turns 19 in November, and in our family that is when boys go on missions for our church.
Dillon recently got called to serve in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which he is very excited about (my other little brother Derek is currently serving in San Fernando, California, speaking Korean of all things). One of the craziest parts about his call is that he has to report to the Missionary Training Center on December 14th, before the semester even ends! So poor little Dillon has had to squeeze in a lot of preparation while also trying to "live it up" his only semester as a freshman.

One of the best parts of preparing for a mission is that you go to the temple to receive your endowment. In our church (LDS), the temple endowment is a kind of like a "rite of passage" where you make covenants and promises with God you keep the rest of your life. I was able to receive my endowment right before I got married, and ever since I have felt more of God's love, and a stronger resolve to be like Him.

 To make it so my parents could be there for this special occasion, we met halfway(ish) in Twin Falls, Idaho.
This is the Twin Falls Temple (taken by Ben). 

Dillon, Cheyenne, and I on the grounds. "Best friends," obviously, by our pose.
I never noticed before but in this picture we have the same smile. Out of all of my siblings, Dillon has more of my same features. We look more like "Emerys" than "Flakes." 

My little sister Cassidy was so awesome and watched Cheyenne for us during the endowment session.
Afterwards, we went out to Wendy's to celebrate (you can't argue with the dollar menu!).
Here are Dillon and Cassidy, my two youngest siblings. Pretty cute don't you think?

On the way back, we stopped at my cousin Kristen's house. She and her husband Kevin were so nice to host us. She is one of my closest cousins, since she has a baby (Allison) just two weeks younger than Cheyenne, and we both got married in the same summer.

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