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Temple Moments: `Sweetest moment'

Being in the Salt Lake Temple baptistry in the spring of 1994 at 6 a.m. when no other patrons were present provided Wayne and Lyn Stanton with a great sense of peace. Sister Stanton particularly felt tranquility surround her as she prepared to be baptized in behalf of her mother.

At that time, "I felt very close to my mother," she said. "It was the sweetest moment; it was a thrilling experience to be baptized for her, especially by my husband."Much had happened to bring Sister Stanton of the Grant 6th Ward, Salt Lake Grant Stake, to this point. Only two years previous, in November of 1993 at age 60, had she first learned that she was adopted. She was told that a woman who had been wonderful to her as a child, a woman she called "Aunty Trix," was her natural mother. Immediately she had two families: her loving adoptive family who had welcomed the missionaries, joined the Church and moved from Australia to America, and her natural family still far away in Perth in western Australia. Sister Stanton remembered Aunty Trix well, and also realized that she had a half-brother named Brian, an airplane pilot who made the news by flying a very small plane from England to Australia.

A few tears were shed, a telephone call was made and Brian was located. The Stantons flew to Australia where they spent time with Brian and number of Sister Stanton's aunts and uncles. From them, the Stantons obtained information to do a great deal of temple work for her family, including Aunty Trix, who had died a few years before. A friend, Tim Bingaman at the Church's Family History Library, helped prepare the names for submission to the temple.

"It was one of life's sweetest experiences for me to go early one morning to the temple with my husband, Wayne, where he was allowed to baptize me for my mother and all the female names we had. He was then baptized for all the male names." She said her adoptive family, who is active in the Church, helped do the temple work for the deceased relatives.

"It gave me a wonderful feeling to be doing this," said Sister Stanton. "I know that someone in the next life has been waiting for me to get this done."

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