A sister's invitation turned the path of Raelene Rizzuto, 18, of the Silver Mesa Ward, Sandy Utah Canyon View Stake, toward the temple. She was invited at age 14 to do baptisms for family names submitted by her mother.
So, while many young people's schedules are filled with lessons, jobs and activities, Raelene for the past four years has made weekly visits to the Jordan River Temple to do proxy work for the dead. Often she takes a friend, Emilee Price, 17, whom she met in a seminary class."It is not a question of finding time," Raelene said. "I have time. For me, going to the temple is more a neccesity than something I try to find time for. When I don't go to the temple, I miss it. Going often to the temple makes me feel closer to the gospel and to the Savior."
Raelene, daughter of Steven C. and Shirley Rizzuto, said that she accepted her sister Rose's invitation because "I wanted to learn what the temple was all about. When my sister left on her mission, I kept going."
Raelene and her friend are baptized in behalf of ancestors whose names have been researched and submitted by Raelene's mother. Raelene's younger brother, Preston, helps with male family names.
The personal rewards that continue to motivate her to temple service are mostly quiet feelings of accomplishment. Sometimes, however, she serves in other ways. One day at the temple, another young woman who went to the temple to do baptisms wasn't happy. A temple worker asked Raelene to help this young woman appreciate where she was and the work she was doing.
"I talked with her and my friend talked with her and we tried to make her feel welcome," said Raelene. "Her attitude turned around."
Raelene and Emilee recently were asked to speak to a group of young people about temple work. "The youth were very responsive," said Raelene. She said she encouraged them to become more involved in family history and temple work.
Another special moment in the temple came as she was being baptized for her father's grandmother.
"We knew that my father's ancestors were not LDS when they died. One of these was my great-grandmother, for whom I was baptized. I felt that the work had been accepted. It was just a feeling and I felt like I had done something to help someone on her way."