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Normally caravans leave on Saturday to go back home, but this one was staying over until Monday afternoon. We saw he and his wife taking pictures of each other in front of the temple on Sunday and went over to offer to take pictures of the both of them. After the pictures we visited for about an hour and invited them to come to our apartment the next morning which is our P day, to visit some more.
We found out that they had been unable to get permission from the father of the 2 oldest daughters so they could be sealed to them. This is a second marriage for both of them. They were heart broken to have to return without having the whole family sealed. They still felt so very blessed and the experience of going to the temple and receiving the ordinances was more wonderful than they had dreamed. The Manaus temple will be completed in about a year, but they don't want to wait until then to return to the temple.
Monday afternoon we were invited to a devotional the caravan was having before returning to Manaus. After a couple of talks they opened up the meeting for anyone who wanted to bare their testimony. They were all so uplifting. They related how this experience had changed their lives and strengthened their love for the Savior. The spirit was so strong, I couldn't remain seated. Those who where leaving sang the closing song "Till We Meet Again" to the temple missionaries. It was an honor to be there. After the meeting we hugged everyone.
I have learned to try to put myself in the shoes of the person on the other side of the desk as they enter the temple. It isn't routine for them. I am there everyday and so things become kind of routine and it shouldn't be.