Oh Evie, today you made my dreams come true.
This morning I taught a seminary lesson about eternal marriage. I set up the room like a wedding reception and I had my wedding dress on display.
About 15 years ago, well before I knew John, I started writing letters to my future husband. I would tell him about the things going on in my life and what I was doing to prepare to marry him someday. It helped me keep an eternal perspective as a youth as to the goal that I wanted. It is hard when you are young and there are so many temptations and struggles placed in your way but writing these letters helped me keep an eternal perspective.
The night before John and I were married I gave him the box of letters while sitting in our rented white Mustang. We laughed and laughed as a lot of them were pretty lame and embarrassing. However what was clear was that even before I knew who my husband was going to be I prayed for him, thought of him, and tried my best to stay worthy of him by keeping him in my mind and trying to reflect that as best as I could with the decisions I made.
I shared some of those letters with my class today and I encouraged them to write a letter to their future husband or wife. I was amazed at how almost every single one of them went silent and took the time to write what looked like long thoughtful letters.
When I got home I hung my dress in the living room and hopped back in bed. I woke up to Evie saying, "oh mommy, I saw your wedding dress in the living room!" I swear. Nothing gets by her. Later while I was getting ready to put it away she asked if she could try it on.
Well why not?!
So we did, and she was giddy and happy and looked so beautiful. My heart was just bursting with joy seeing her in the dress my mother made for me. It made me hope so much that she does what ever she can in her life to look forward to the day when she gets to go to the temple with her own love to be married. Making choices that will cause her to be worthy of that is the most important thing she will ever do.
She tells me all of the time that she wants to marry someone like her daddy. I tell her that he is the most kind, handsome, and genuine man I've ever met and that she has to marry someone just like him.
Marrying my John Murphy was the best decision I ever made. Hands down.