And again, verily thus saith the Lord: Let the work of my temple, and all the works which I have appointed unto you, be continued on and not cease; and let your diligence, and your perseverance, and patience, and your works be redoubled, and you shall in nowise lose your reward, saith the Lord of Hosts. And if they persecute you, so persecuted they the prophets and righteous men that were before you. For all this there is a reward in heaven. — Doctrine and Covenants 127:4
In 1998, when President Gordon B. Hinckley announced we were going to have a temple in Anchorage, that was one of the happiest days in our lives. My husband and I never thought we were ever going to be able to go to a temple again because of different circumstances.
When the temple opened in January 1999, we were not able to go the first two months, as the temple clothing we ordered did not fit. When I finally got a dress I could wear we started going. We drove 105 miles each trip. Many times we had a few other people going with us. Most of the time we made three trips a week. We did three endowments and two sealing sessions each week.
About two years ago when gas prices went higher and higher, we changed our schedule to two trips a week doing two endowments each time. It has been a happy time for us since we started going to the temple. We have enjoyed many spiritual experiences in the temple. We have made many friends. We have been blessed spiritually and physically.
Even though at times it is very hard to get out of bed at 5 a.m. and when the roads are very bad in the winter, we have always made it to the temple on time, except when we had a few experiences of long holdups on the road because of cars in ditches or accidents. Some days were just plain scary to drive. We prayed to get there safely many times.
Six grandsons have gone on missions, two have been married in the temple and another one is getting married soon.
What a blessing this has been for our family. There is no better place to be than in the House of the Lord. We are ever so grateful to President Hinckley to give us this beautiful little temple in Alaska. — Elverda Lincoln, Knik-Fairview Ward, Wasilla Alaska Stake