I distinctly remember the three-hour drive with my parents and a couple of friends to the Oakland Temple. We pulled into the parking lot, and as I stepped out of the car I was taken off guard as I was quickly overcome with the Spirit of the Lord.
I was overwhelmed with emotion as the tears exploded from my eyes. I went straight to my dad, who was just getting out of the front seat, and explained that I was overcome by the Spirit. He pulled me into his arms and held me close, as the tears flowed.
In that moment, he gave me the only temple preparation course I ever received. He said, “Becky, remember when you go through those doors, you are committed to the Lord for the rest of your life.”
If I had heard that comment at any other moment, I may have felt overwhelmed, or incapable. But with the influence of the Holy Ghost, I felt empowered. I was ready and committed to do whatever the Lord wanted me to do.