It truly was a glorious day on Thursday July 12, 2012. It was a bit overcast, but the cloud coverage made for a cool, and delightful day in the hot July month. We were grateful for this unusual shaded weather on this long awaited, long anticipated, beautiful, and sacred day.
One of our dearest brother, friend, and world leader, personally asked us earlier this year, if he could be so honored to be the officiator to perform our sacred Sealing Ordinance for our family during his time off from Church duties in the month of July. We were both delighted and honored knowing that this offer is rarely (rarely) offered by these extremely busy, Godly men!
We arrived early this day at the Newport Beach Temple to find the entire temple staff excited and waiting in great anticipation for ours and Elder Zwicks arrival.
Once there, Alex went to the children's waiting room and was later invited to do baptisms. Once in the waiting room we all gathered and said our "Hello" and greetings. Everyone were in great spirits.
They then took us to the records office and did all of our proper paperwork.
Sister Pitchforth was my escort this day and she made sure that I knew where to go throughout the temple, every minute of this sacred day. She was super kind and full with excitement. She looked very much like my Fathers Mother, my grandmother Edith F. Hatch, so I felt a great comfort in having her by my side the entire day. I felt many of my family who are in the Spirit world there with us this day. It was a joyous day for them too!
She took me to the bridal changing room where I was able to dress all in all white and then directed me to the Celestial room where Rudy was all dressed in his white suit waiting for me.
This room is absolutely magnificent! Down to the very minute detail. Even one sister told me that they had even just changed out all of the huge Silk flower arrangements throughout the temple last week of the ones that had been there since the temple opened! They wanted the temple to be spotless!! The new ones were gorgeous!
(They knew a very important man of God was coming that day to this temple and they prepared it appropriately, for him, us and Heavenly Father) (Both Rudy and I were very impressed)
We then headed over to the largest Sealing room in the Temple where all of our guests were waiting for us at 1pm as planned. This sealing room is stunning!
Elder W. Craig Zwick, member of the Quorum of the First Seventy (also related to the respected 1st counselor Eyring of the Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) as our dear (and close) friend, officiated the Sealing Ordinance of my beloved soul-mate Rudy and myself. He flew in from Utah especially for us this morning and flew back in the late afternoon.
Although our blessed and long awaited event lasted 3 hours, the Ordinance itself lasted about 45 minutes (normally only 10-20 mins) and it was the most amazing, humbling Ceremony I had ever witnessed. Elder Zwick followed his heart and the Holy Spirit, in being Heavenly Fathers mouthpiece and spoke to us this entire time of love, happiness, companionship, blessings and promises to be ours, when keeping Gods commandments, being faithful and the such.
He even told me that his own daughter, married to Elder Eyrings son, had just had a baby girl a few days ago and that baby Abigail gave him a smile for Lisa (me)...that sure made my day!! I felt Heavenly Fathers great love for me and Rudy this entire day and we were on cloud 9 the entire day!!! I felt the Spirit of God so strong the whole day and many days after.
The many friends who attended this day as our witnesses, and support, were our most trusted and loving support over the many years and the select group of friends who attended, could not have been more perfectly arranged, if we had ordered it ourselves!!
In fact I will write down a list of their names and keep it with our Sealing Certificate and photos.
Then when our special event was over, we thanked all of our guest naming each one, and went to go get dressed back into our Sunday best clothes, and we all headed out to the Temple gardens for photos and video.
Most of our guests had to get back to family and work, so the ones that did stick around are in our photos below.
Elder Zwick enjoyed having photos taken with us, and asked us to send him copies and also invited us to be with him again in SLC soon. We made plans to join him and his family soon. He then went to speak to another large crowd that afternoon, before he got back on a plane and flew back to his family in Utah.
You see, these busy general authorties have the entire month of July off, just to spend with family and close friends and he choose to spend this amazing day with Brother Acosta, myself and Alexander! He said that he felt the spirit of God in Rudy so strongly and was impressed at what an amazing good and righteous man he finds Rudy to be. You would think they had been friends forever. He and Rudy got along like long lost brothers!
Our Stake President even told us privately that he was impressed at the amazing compliments that Elder Zwick always says about Rudy (and the Acosta Family) when he speaks to Elder Zwick over the phone. He says he has never heard in his calling as a Stake President over many years such positive praiseworthy compliments from a General authority about one of his Stake members! President Brennan told Rudy that he is sincerely touched by Elders Zwicks remarks when Zwick told him that it had been many years since he had seen the Spirit of God so strongly in a man, as he sees in Rudy!
We were humbly filled with joy when we were told this! Yes, through all the trials, false accusations, and suffering we have endured over many many years, this was a breath of fresh air and music to our ears and warmed our hearts to see another Godly man recognize God's presence in my dear husband Rudy. (of course I have always seen this)
So, Heavenly father made the most amazing, eventful, sacred, love felt day happen this beautiful July 12, 2012. I could have never imagined all this would happen for me, my beloved companion and soul-mate and our family. But, I must admit, with Rudy, miracles follow ....so I am starting to see that not only does God love Rudy very much, but that he is one of Heavenly Fathers choicest sons here on Earth, and those who fight against him, only fight against God.
It was an incredible day...one I will never forget and forever be grateful for the love shown to me on this day by God and many people, and throughout this year, for that matter!
3-4 people came up to us privately (and separately) after this special day and told us that our Sealing Ceremony was the "Best" they had ever seen! (that made us feel so good)
From what I saw, heard and felt that day, this is just the tip of the iceberg of many more exciting and blessed days ahead for the Acosta family and for any of the children of ours, who will humbly and respectfully come home to enjoy these blessings with us.
Ours is a turbulent world and God knows we need safety in all we do. Especially when children we love are involved. We pray continuously that someday our beloved children Jordan, Austin, Andrew, Jacob and others, will join our eternal happiness and finally see how much we long for their happiness. They need to finally hear the truth...spoken with love. They deserve it. Sometimes I am frustrated with them and their bitter ways, but that does not stop us from loving them.
There are always two sides to every story...but the question is, whose eyes are you seeing it through? Your own? Or Gods?
That is why often a person will hear the famous words of ...
"Who is on the Lords side...Who?"
You have the freedom to choose.....
THIS means more to me today than ever before!
Love and blessings
to you, and yours,