In 2002, a flowering cherry tree was planted on the Seattle Temple grounds in honor of the 2002 Primary children’s theme: “The Temple: I’m going there someday.” The local Primary children attended a special meeting on the temple grounds to learn about the importance of the temple and to have their photo taken in front of the newly planted cherry tree. They were encouraged to visit the tree again when they were ready to enter the temple as adults, and thank their Heavenly Father for this wonderful reminder of what it means to grow in the strength of the gospel.
I was working as an ordinance worker in the Seattle Temple in October of 2005. As I was walking to one of the escalators, I realized that to support my son as a new eleven year old Scout I would need to end my temple service in April of 2006 and I should notify my shift supervisor. Putting the thought aside because I would be working at the temple for several months with plenty of time to notify my shift supervisor, I was surprised that I blurted out my timetable when I saw him a few minutes later. He thanked me and said the information was timely because he had just that night submitted my name to function the next year in a capacity that needed someone who would be working the entire year. He immediately went down the office and changed the submission.
Soon after my son was eleven in April, I went to speak with the Temple President about being released as a temple worker. The Temple President agreed with me that making sure my son was prepared to receive the priesthood, qualify for temple blessings, and prepare to serve a mission was the most important work I could do for the season of life I was currently in.
Seven years of heavy involvement in Scouting and the Young Men’s organizations have followed. Holding the position of Scoutmaster filled all my available time. After being released from that but called as High Councilor for the Young Men along with several activities the Scout Council asked me to manage continued to fill my time. However, since June, the council commitments ended and my time opened up.
A few weeks ago, my son fulfilled the final requirement for his mission by passing a final high school course. Having recently been ordained an Elder, and with his mission call to the France Lyon mission in hand, he is preparing to go through the Temple very soon.
On Tuesday and Wednesday of that same week, my son and I were at scout camp with our Stake’s troops. The camp was where my son first got a taste of Boy Scouts and where he worked on staff for a couple of years, was involved in many Order of the Arrow activities and events. This last trip seems to be ending his Scouting career.
As we wandered around the camp Wednesday evening I thought that all the effort had been worth it.
When we returned home from this last scout camp for my son on Wednesday night, on the table I saw that a letter from the temple had arrived addressed to me. I met with a member of the Temple Presidency the next day and was set apart to be a Temple Ordinance Worker in the Seattle Temple again.
“Let us truly be a temple-attending and a temple-loving people … Let us make the temple, with temple worship and temple covenants and temple marriage, our ultimate earthly goal and the supreme mortal experience.”
—Howard W. Hunter