The Supreme Mortal Experience

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Vaughn J. Featherstone

During the time we served in the Philippines, a father related a concern in their family. They lived on an island far distant from the temple. Transportation to the temple was expensive. They had four children—three in college and one in high school. The father felt a need to have his family sealed to him and his wife. During family council they discussed the problem—they did not have the money to make the trip to the temple. This condition was not going to change in the near future.

After discussion, the father said, in essence, "The only way we can go to the temple is to have our three college students drop out of college, our high-school student drop out of school, and all of you work a year to save enough money."

They would have to save the tuition and school monies for all four children, and then the four students would have to work for a year to earn enough money in order to go to the temple. The children agreed to drop out of school and work for a year for the privilege of going to the temple.

Without any knowledge of what President Hunter would say in the future, they somehow knew that this was "the supreme mortal experience."

Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone shares this story in his book: The Millennial Generation—Leading Today's Youth into the Future, p. 45 (1999)