By Lydia and Jordan Anderson
Lydia: Eternity was always a part of my childhood. I sang about “families being together forever” and “living in heaven a long time ago.” Though my four-year-old self probably couldn’t have explained it, I knew my existence extended far beyond this life.
Growing up illuminated the vastness of eternity. Loved ones passed. I had to ask if I believed the scriptures I’d read all my life. Day-to-day reality held so much uncertainty. Sometimes fear threatened to swallow me whole. Could I believe in an unknown that existed beyond my here and now?
Somewhere between the question marks and doubt, eternal light began to break through. I caught glimpses of it all around me. It waved to me with a breeze on a hot summer’s day. It danced through the canyon’s numberless trees, rustling their leaves. That hot summer day, I realized a single pine tree held more needles than my human mind could fathom—far more than I could ever count. My vision widened to the nearby mountainside. It was covered with so much green, so much life. Eternity surrounded me.
We talked about eternity on only our third date. (For some reason, I chose that to avoid awkward lulls in the conversation. For a recently returned missionary, it seemed totally normal.) I told my new boyfriend that trees reminded me of God and eternity and all the things I didn’t quite understand yet.
Our deepening love brought on more talks of eternity and eventually the excitement of marriage prep. We found that we mostly couldn’t wait to be sealed to one another; our small wedding celebration was just a bonus. In the temple, our eternity together started.
Jordan: I'm not much of a goal-setter, I'm more of a visionary. I look ahead to the future and decide who I want to be or how I want things to turn out, and then I work on small things every day until I get there. That's how I view eternity: I've never set a goal to make it to the Celestial Kingdom, I just decided that at the end of my life I want to be known as a good man, and so I do things every day to be that.
That's how I viewed dating too. I never set a goal of when, where, or how I wanted to be married, I simply thought about the type of person I wanted to marry and then did my best to become that myself, knowing I'd find her when I was ready.
The moment Lydia walked into my life I knew she was the one. From first date to talking about engagement was 12 days. From officially engaged to married was 36 days. In total we had only known each other for 84 days when we were sealed in the Provo City Center temple for time and all eternity.
We both recognized that it was completely crazy, but we also knew that it was right. One night shortly before we were officially engaged, we sat together on top of a mountain watching the sun set across the Salt Lake Valley. As the light faded and the stars began to shine, we talked about how we didn't individually feel prepared for marriage, but our visions for what we wanted our lives to be aligned perfectly, and so together we we decided to prepare for marriage.
Just as the canopy of a forest is made up of countless needles and leaves, our
eternities are made up of moments and decisions. While up close it may be difficult to see the big picture, it is unmistakably clear from the mountain top. With the city lights below you and the stars shining above, there is no doubt that you are part of something wonderful. You are part of something divine. It's up to you to build your eternity into what you want it to be.
Our Mission: Eternity, though a massive concept, begins with the here and now and points hopefully to a glorious future. Our individual lives and families have been changed by understanding God’s eternal plan. This blog exists to explore the eternal nature and power of God and seeks to further understand the divine placed inside each of us. We hope to help you build your eternity.
Lydia and Jordan Anderson grew up near Salt Lake City, Utah. After serving missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, they met, fell in love, and were married in August 2018. Now they spend their days working to build their eternity together and hope to help you on your own journey back to God.