I have this goal. It's a goal I've had for quite some time. I don't even remember when I first made it a goal. I think it might've been when the Provo temple was closed for 6 weeks for renovation. Or cleaning. Whatever it was. Anyway, I've had this goal for a while.
Question: How many temples are there in Utah?
Answer: 13 (these are acting temples, not including those in the planning or construction stages).
Question: How many of those temples have I done baptisms in?
My goal? To do baptisms in every Utah temple before I enter the MTC. 8 temples down, 5 to go. Only thing is, the temples I have left are all at least and hour and a half away from home, most of them 3 or 4 hours away. But really, I shouldn't be complaining. I am so blessed to live so close to so many temples. The fact that I actually have a choice which temple to go to is amazing, not to mention the fact that 6, maybe 7 temples are an hour or less away from home.
Tomorrow (if all goes well), I'll have another 2 temples under my belt. I'm hoping to go to Logan and Ogden (or Vernal. Ogden might be closed for construction). Now, I hope you understand, I'm not doing this just to say "I've done baptisms in every temple in Utah!" I mean, it will be kinda cool. Not gonna lie. I just want you to know, these temple trips are more than just numbers to me. Each new temple I've been to has been a wonderful experience, and a great opportunity to learn about some of Utah's heritage and history. Am I even making sense? It's like in "The Best Two Years" where Elder Rogers tells Elder Calhoun that "Numbers don't mean a thing." It's not the numbers that matter. It's the amazing, spiritual experiences that I've had, and will have. That's why I'm doing this. Because I love going to the temple. I love being in the baptistries where I can ponder and pray and, more importantly, do sacred work for the dead. The three-fold mission of the church is to Perfect the Saints, Proclaim the Gospel, and Redeem the Dead. So, temple work is an entire third of everything we should be doing as members of the church, right? Anyway, now that I've explained that topic to death...let's move on to something else.
But first, another question: Who wrote the soundtrack for Tron: Legacy?
Answer: Daft Punk (or