I have been pretty intense with the posts lately, so I thought I would just share a nice story from when I went to the temple last night.
Our Stake President was recently released and immediately called as Patriarch. I noticed him sitting in front of me in the session and exchanged a friendly greeting before the session started.
Our temple is one of the newer, smaller ones that has a separate Terrestrial room. So at the appropriate time, we all filed into the Terrestrial room and most of us took our seats. But I noticed that President Patriarch was still standing after everybody else in his row had sat down. I wondered why, and then I noticed he was looking toward the Sisters’ side of the room. I followed his gaze, and noticed his wife was just sitting down. Then he took his seat. I watched him the rest of the session. Whenever we stood, he would wait for his wife to sit before he took his seat.
The Spirit taught me some important things in the temple last night—some I had been pondering on for a long time. But the most important thing I learned was how a faithful Priesthood holder shows respect for his Eternal Companion.
I think the story is all the more sweet because this is not a young couple with butterflies in their hearts. They have been married for a long time. Sister Patriarch is not in the prime of her youth. She has had some health problems in her years of dedicated service, and she now looks fragile and worn. Her husband is a wealthy and successful man with a prestigious career. He is at the time of life when many in his station would be looking to purchase the affection of a young “trophy wife.”. But this good brother knows the truth. As he looked to his wife to wait on her, I could still see the tender sparkle of love in his eye. He knows the meaning of both Time and Eternity.
I think that I shall never again be comfortable taking my seat in that sacred edifice while my own wife stands.