On Tuesday, 15 April 1969, my dear Jenny Marie and I knelt as a young couple at a sacred altar in the Oakland California Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Thos. O. Call exercised the sealing authority and pronounced us husband and wife, wedded for time and for all eternity. Except for a one year remote military tour in Southeast Asia, Jenny and I were happily together in this life for about 15 wonderful years. Then, on 8 April 1984, Jenny collapsed and died from a sudden and unexpected heart attack. As a married couple, we were blessed with seven (7) beautiful children who were all “born in the covenant” and sealed together with us for time and for all eternity. Despite the tragedy of Jenny’s death, the children and I stayed together and we pressed on as a family …with Hope.
A little more than five (5) years later, I met my dear Katherine Elizabeth. It was in June 1989 at a weekend Church Single Adult Conference in Long Beach, California. Kathy and I dated for about eight (8) month as our friendship and attraction grew. And on Saturday, 24 February 1990, we also knelt as a couple at a sacred altar. This time, it was in the Las Vegas Nevada Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder A. Jay Koelliker exercised the sealing authority and pronounced us husband and wife, wedded for time and for all eternity. Eventually, Kathy and I were blessed with a child who was also “born in the covenant” and sealed together with us for time and for all eternity.
For me, I am unable to describe the peace and comfort that comes from the assurance that, as we keep the commandments of God and continue to honor our covenants with Him, I will be able to be with Jenny Marie and Katherine (and our faithful and obedient children) forever because of those sacred ordinances performed with the proper priesthood authority in a dedicated House of the Lord.
Scott A. Edgar