5:12 a.m.---The sound of my phone's "text received" ringtone jolted me out of a deep sleep. Not yet realizing what time it was, I knew one thing: my alarm hadn't yet gone off, and anyone who was texting me before my alarm went off was insane. I opened my phone, saw that the text was from my roommate Jill, and read one word: "Temple?" That was when I looked at the clock and realized that the text had actually not arrived before my alarm was supposed to go off, but 12 minutes after. Excellent. (Now you see why I concluded that anyone who was texting me before my alarm went off would have been stark raving mad. :)) I realized later that I had accidentally set my alarm for 5:00 p.m. instead of 5:00 a.m. It was fortunate that Jill and I had planned to go together, because without her waking me up I probably wouldn't have woken up until 7:30. That's one reason I love having someone to go to the temple with me: we can help each other by making sure we actually go. However, when I first realized what had happened, I almost went back to sleep. Getting to the temple ten to fifteen minutes later than usual in the early morning hours can be the difference between finishing a trip with time and to spare, and waiting for two to three hours and then having to leave early because you don't want to be late for class.
Fortunately, I had two things going for me: first, I didn't have class until 10:00, so I knew I really did have plenty of time to do baptisms, even if I did have to wait a little longer than normal; second, I had Jill to encourage me. Since I was her ride to the temple, if I didn't go, she couldn't go. Not that she would have said anything in that regard: she's way too nice. :) But I wouldn't have wanted to be the one who kept her from going. Also, I really wanted to go to the temple, because it had been three weeks since either Jill or I last been to the temple. We'd missed three weeks in a row for various reasons and had promised each other that this week we would go. So I simply got up and made record time for getting dressed and ready for the temple. In fact, I was still ready before Jill. :) She had texted me before she was completely ready to go to give me enough time to get ready without leaving her standing there waiting for me. I don't think she had expected me to be ready quite so quickly. :)
But soon we were both ready and were off to the temple. Turns out I could have taken advantage of being ready before Jill to go scrape off my car, but I hadn't anticipated the need. Welcome to November. Ah well. Being at the temple was absolutely wonderful! I can tell that my spirit had missed it. And after all this debate with myself over timing and waiting and whatnot, we were still back in our apartment by a little after 7:00! So I was essentially ready for the day before my every-other-day-alarm would have normally gone off! Ha! So Jill and I had time to make and eat a good breakfast together, sit and chat, and even play a couple of rounds of "It Came to Pass" before we needed to head off to work and school. Temple, breakfast, friendship. Can there be a better way to start off the day? I think not! :)