I love this message shared by Pres. Monson. "In the holy temple the precious plan of God is taught. It is here that eternal covenants are made. The temple lifts us, it exalts us, it stands as a beacon for all to see. It points us to celestial glory. It is the house of God. All that occurs within the walls of the temple is uplifting and ennobling. The temple is a place of tranquility, it is a place of kindness and love and light." (Note: this quote is from the Mormon Messages, "Why Mormons Build Temples" at 2:20.)
Recently, my mom was doing family history and she found some of our ancestors that desperately wanted their temple work done, one woman in particular. Her husband's work had already been done. She wanted to be with him again. It was a choice opportunity to take her all the way through and have her sealed to her beloved husband. The spirit was so strong. I would cry at times and try to choke down emotions. The temple workers that were helping me experienced the same wonderful feelings.
I am so thankful for the blessings that come through the temple. Life really does continue after death and families really are forever through the sealing power. I will forever be grateful that Casey and I made the decision when we were young to live worthy to one day enter the temple so we could be married for time and all eternity. The blessings are still conditional upon our worthiness. But day by day, we keep working on it and together we will make it!