I’m 21! And the temple is such a blessing.

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Salisbury Cathedral!

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This is the oldest working clock! They tried to explain how it works but it got too techy for me. Cool, though, right?

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I wish I had a picture of when the tour guide banged the side of this fountain and the smooth surface erupted in ripples. It was so so beautiful.

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Stourhead! This is where they filmed the scene in the Kiera Knightley Pride and Prejudice when Darcy proposes to Lizzie in the rain and she says he is the last man she could ever be prevailed upon to marry. It was rainy while we were there too which made it perfect.

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I’m 21! And I turned 21 in London. It was awesome. I wore my favorite dress and visited pretty gardens and convinced half of the center to go to Shake Shack with me. It’s weird being 21. I expected myself to feel a lot older. And in some ways I do. But in other ways, I still feel like such a baby! It’s going to be so weird to turn 22 next year because I’ll only be a few months from graduating college and that means I enter the real grown up world and that’s so exciting but SO WEIRD.img_9262

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We went to Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guard, and all the tourists had their phones out and it just cracked me up.

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You can go up inside Tower Bridge and they have glass panels so you can see how high up you are. They also have a mirror above you so you can look up at yourself suspended in the air and it’s crazy. My fear of heights and dying made me a little dizzy, but it was so worth it.

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The temple! Oh how I love the temple.

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This picture looks really artsy but really it’s here to remind me how windy it was. I turned around to get my hair out of my face before turning back around to get my photo snapped.

So glad we got to go to the temple. It was a two day ordeal, but so so worth it. We tried to go on Friday, scheduling out times and buying tickets ahead, and it just all died. We missed our train, and then the super nice train people let us take the next train without buying new tickets, but we still had to wait an hour. And then we accidentally took the wrong train so we ended up farther from the temple than we intended (the center is 25 miles away and we ended up 28 miles away) so that when we tried to get a taxi, the driver just laughed at us and asked if we had any idea where we were. So we just went home at that point because we’d get to the temple too late and there would be no trains running to get us home. Late that night, Brooklyn and I decided that we still wanted to try to go the next day, and I’m so glad we did. That was definitely a little nudge from the Spirit telling us to go because it all went smoothly and we were able to go to a session. I love the peace I feel in the temple. And I’m so glad I received my endowment when I did. The temple is an amazing place and I love it so much. I can’t wait to live 5 minutes away from two different temples again. I think I’ll see those “common” landmarks a little differently after living farther away for a few months.

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