I was given advice today — get married. Unsolicited and from a credible source.
How it came about:
While working in the temple a small group of us were talking a bit. The subject came up of what happens after we die and what we can look forward to. I mentioned that my wife passed away last January and that this subject has been on my mind a lot.
An elderly couple named the Jensen’s said they had both lost their spouses.
They expressed an understanding of the resulting pain, sadness, and loneliness. And then they said, “Get married.” Getting married has brought them joy and companionship again. They highly recommend it 🙂
It was nice to talk to people who exactly understand what I’ve gone through and am still going through. It’s helpful to learn from their experience.
A couple months after Tiffany passed away I had lunch with a friend from my church, Jerry Udy, whose wife died from cancer 12 years ago in their 40’s. He re-married 6 months later. Many people judged him and thought that was too fast, but he felt it was the right timing for him and is glad he did.
I’m grateful to have met the Jensen’s. I feel more hopeful that there are better days ahead and there can still be joy in my life. I haven’t felt much for what feels like a long time.
So about this temple. It’s definitely one of my new favorites. I like the Spanish Mission architecture. I wish I could show you what it looks like inside, it’s elegant in a graceful way.
Here are pictures I took as I walked around the grounds: