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Christina Hogewoning  ChrisMarie Photography | Capture the moments. Cherish the memories. 📷 Canon 6D

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Lily asked me to color with her, but Indie was sad to be left out. So I decided we could all color. 🖍#stgeorge #washington #family #cutestnieces #winwin #coloringtime #lovethem #may2017 5.25.17

I could follow her around all day long! He's pretty cute too! #stgeorge #washington #family #cutestniece #loveher #canikeepher #valenciafilter #may2017 5.25.17

I never thought that I'd be in the Salt Lake Temple district. I never wished for that, but it's a reality! This is my favorite temple, and Temple Square is my favorite place in the world! And it was so surreal attending a session at this temple tonight with members of my new ward.
I managed to stay awake through 99% of the session, which is a miracle, for me anyway.
I don't ever think I've felt so humbled than how humbled I felt tonight in the temple.
Heavenly Father is really there! And He really does hear and answer every prayer! And I felt so close to Him tonight in His house.
I feel so blessed that even though my will isn't His, He is patient enough with me to let me figure that out myself and still make my own decision. And I'm grateful for the continuing revelation I receive to change course when it is time to do something different.
Doing His will isn't easy. But the more I do it, the easier it seems to get.
I am grateful to Heavenly Father for hearing and answering my prayers. And I am grateful for the opportunity to spend time in His holy house where I can hear His voice much clearer. #saltlakecity #downtownslc #templesquare #seetemplesquare #winderysa2nd #wardtemplenight #ilovetoseethetemple #myfavoritetemple #mytempledistrict #heknowsmebetter #sohumbled #soblessed #sograteful #hehearsandanswerseveryprayer #may2017 5.23.17

Riley and I matched today. I thought it called for a selfie, but I think she had a different opinion. 😉 #saltlakecity #holladay #ilovetherobinsons #ilovethetinlings #babyrileyreese #hotpinktwins #matchinghotpink #cutestbaby #8andahalfweeksold #loveher #may2017 5.23.17

Meet Lindsey, one of my new roommates! I already love her!

PS Tonight was a dream! I literally smiled so much that it hurt!! It feels like home to be back in such a friendly and outgoing ward! #latergram #saltlakecity #holladay #newroommates #winderysa2nd #holladayysastake #sabbathday #newmemberdinner #nachos #bishophamiltonshome #bestysaward #feelslikehome #prettysureihitthejackpotonwardmembers #loveher #smilingsomuchithurts #may2017 5.21.17

Another lovely face I know! (We went on the MesoAmerica Tour with BYU-I 6 years ago!! What are the odds we both moved into the same ward in Salt Lake at the same time?!) #latergram #saltlakecity #holladay #rexburgfriends #mesoamerica2011 #itsasmallworld #winderysa2nd #holladayysastake #sabbathday #newmemberdinner #nachos #bishophamiltonshome #bestysaward #prettysureihitthejackpotonwardmembers #may2017 5.21.17

Because I had been scoping out places in Salt Lake County, it wasn't a complete surprise to see this beautiful face tonight! #latergram #saltlakecity #holladay #sandiegofriends #santeeysabranch #itsasmallworld #winderysa2nd #holladayysastake #sabbathday #newmemberdinner #nachos #bishophamiltonshome #bestysaward #prettysureihitthejackpotonwardmembers #may2017 5.21.17

Last October, I really, really wanted to move to Salt Lake County. But something kept me in Provo.
Over 6 months later, I decided it was finally time. After living in the same ward and the same apartment for almost two and a half years, I moved to Salt Lake last week.
I love Provo! I truly think I could have stayed there forever! But I'm excited for change and new beginnings! (📷 from 5.17.17) #latergram #provo #homesweethome #iloveprovo #timeforchange #movingon #punintended #packedupandreadytogo #closinganotherchapter #newbeginnings #longesttimelivinginoneplace #saltlakehereicome #may2017 5.21.17

Yesterday I had one of the most sacred experiences that I've ever had in the temple.
Most of the time that I was doing ordinance work, I couldn't stop wiping tears from my face. There was so much going through my mind. Among those thoughts were:
-How good it felt to be in the Lord's house.
-How sad I am to leave this temple district.
-How the building, open house, and dedication of this temple literally healed me. (Beauty from ashes.) And also prepared me for what was coming.
-All of the memories I have from spending time inside the temple and outside on the grounds. (Taking photographs, watching the temple be built, ushering at and attending the open house, attending the dedication, participating in all of the ordinances in this temple, running into friends on the grounds and inside, running to the temple, walking around the grounds, planting flowers with my stake, sitting on the grounds, and working in the temple, though for a short time.) This temple, because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, has literally changed my life in a way I didn't think anything could. My life felt so broken, as ashes, and yet it has become more beautiful than I ever dreamed it could be.
The crazy part is how many times I didn't want to go to the temple, but I went any way. (That happened as recently as this week.) Because sometimes I couldn't feel anything, so I thought, what's the point. But the Lord works by small means. And each time I spent even just a minute, even just on the grounds, the Lord was healing me and changing me.

The Provo City Center Temple will always be special to me. I feel blessed that I was able to watch it finish being built. Because of that I had so many special opportunities that I will never forget.

Go to the temple! Go as often as you can! If you don't have a temple recommend, do whatever it takes to get one! Don't wait! And once you have one again, don't ever let it go! The Lord wants you to come unto Him that He can heal you and turn your ashes into beauty. (📷 from 5.17.17) #latergram #yesterday #provo #provocitycentertemple #ilovetoseethetemple #beautyfromashes #heknowsmebetter #lethimhealyou #psexpress #vibrantfilter #may2017 5.18.17

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