MR says: We should always be preparing ourselves for the bigger and better things the Lord has in store for us. Even if our life doesn't turn out how we planned, we can make sure it turns out how He plans.
I was 22 years old, freshly graduated from college and sitting in my YSA ward bishop’s office. I had made an appointment with him to discuss something completely different from the temple, but somehow, he ended up saying something I will never forget: “Maybe you should start thinking about going to the temple.”
I know his words were inspired.
I hadn’t been on a mission and wasn’t planning on it (I almost went while at BYU-I, but that’s a story for another day) and was nowhere near marriage. The temple wasn’t at the forefront of my mind — especially since I knew it wasn’t commonplace for younger women in the church like myself to go through the temple and receive the endowment without a mission call or wedding date. I always just planned on going through when I got married.
Obviously, Heavenly Father had a different plan for me.
My bishop said I should start taking the temple prep classes and then once I was finished (the class is made up of seven lessons) and I didn’t want to go through the temple, I didn’t have to. I said OK.
As soon as I started taking those classes, I knew it was what I needed to do.