I have always lived near a Temple. I grew up in Fresno, CA where a LDS Temple was dedicated less than 1 month after my 12th birthday. Then from Fresno, I moved to Rexburg, ID where we had a temple in Idaho Falls (about 20 minutes away) and even as I attended BYU-Idaho I got to watch the Rexburg temple being built from my apartment window and it was dedicated 2 months after I left. And since then I've lived in Las Vegas, Portland, and Provo, UT where there were temples easily within a 20 minute drive - and in the case of Utah, about 4 temples in that 20 minute drive.
LDS church I am still blessed to be that close to a temple, but it definitely takes more effort and planning to attend. We finally made that happen yesterday for the first time since we moved here. Luckily we were able to go with some friends of ours to make the babysitting swap while each couple was inside. And I'm always so grateful I get to go after I do. It is such a great place to get away from the craziness of the world, feel peace, and worship. The temple is so sacred to me and my faith. I've had so many wonderful experiences there, including when I married Mr. Smith in the Las Vegas, NV Temple and because of that blessing I believe I will get to be with him forever, not just "until death do we part".
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