Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A missed moment

I don't think anyone at work knows I'm a Mormon. I have been praying for missionary opportunities every day for ages and finally got one this morning. And I mostly blew it.

This is one of the pictures taped to the wall next to my desk...

For some reason, people think the DC temple looks like Cinderella's Castle at Disney World. I guess I kind of see it, but not really. Anyway, earlier today a nice lady named Wendy was sitting with me at my desk going over some project details. I had to take a phone call, and after I hung up she commented on my photos. She asked if I got married in Cinderella's Castle, and there was my moment to naturally and normally share a little bit about the temple/the Church. Instead, I shifted the conversation back to the work project with a simple, "No, it's a church out in Washington, DC. It's the same one my parents were married in, that's why it's special."

That's all.

The temple is so much more than that! Yes, it's special that where I got married kind of looks like Cinderella's Castle. Yes, it's special that I got married in the same place as my parents. Yes, it's special that most of my family was able to be there. But what's even more special is that I get to be with Daniel forever. I can go back and perform sacred ordinances for those who have passed on and can't do the work themselves. I can receive blessings from God for my service. That's why the "church out in Washington, DC" is special. And that's what I should've said.

Moral of my story: Take those precious opportunities to naturally and normally share your beliefs. Sometimes one chance is all you get.

Here's to a better outcome next time someone asks me about my wedding!


1 comment:

  1. We were married in D.C. too!!! I love that temple, we honeymooned there as well and have so many special memories to our nation's capital now!
    Funny story about your missionary moment :) Sometimes I get nervous and stutter which makes me sound like a crazy person!