Temple moments: Temple day
It's easy. Send a link to the story you were just reading to a friend. Just fill out the form on this page and we'll send it along.
On her 100th birthday, June 5, 2012, Mary Mitchell Wright was not out celebrating. She was attending the temple, a service she has faithfully performed regularly for the last five years.
It was just like every other Tuesday morning. Sister Wright rose early and waited for Peggy Henrie to arrive at her Genesee, Idaho, home. The two departed promptly at 6:30 a.m. for the Spokane Washington Temple where they spent their day. Her birthday fell on Tuesday, which is always Sister Wright's temple day.
Sister Wright and Sister Henrie spend Tuesdays traveling two hours and 98 miles to attend the temple each week. While Sister Henrie serves as a temple worker, Sister Wright diligently fulfills multiple sealing and endowment sessions, breaking only for lunch. After a full day, they drive home together, arriving around 5 p.m.
"I've never gotten tired of the temple," Sister Wright was quoted in an email sent to Church News via temple-worker, Roselyn Sant. "Maybe it's because I feel it's the place I should be."
Born in Marble Hill, Miss., Sister Wright enjoyed her childhood in several locations including Canada, Oregon and Idaho where she met her first husband. Together they had seven children but the marriage didn't last. However, her divorce turned out to be a blessing as her second husband, Richard, not only helped her raise her children, but also had an eager interest in their spiritual welfare. After several visits with the missionaries, Brother and Sister Wright were baptized in 1961.
Sister Wright met a nurse who tended to her husband, Richard, as he was hospitalized before his death several years ago.
"There was a nurse and she was going [to the temple] every week," she said. "So I got in touch with her and that was Peggy Henrie … and so we've been going ever since. She comes to the house and picks me up and away we go."
Were it not for her experiences, trials and triumphs in life, Sister Wright might not be so committed in temple service as she is now. When asked if she planned to continue in her temple attendance, Sister Wright gave an emphatic, "Oh, yes."
She said, "It's so nice, it just makes my day. It just gives me a real good feeling."
Sister Wright is a member of the Paradise Ridge Ward in the Moscow Idaho Stake where her daughter lives with her, she quickly points out, not the other way around.
— Allie Jeppson