Thursday, April 28, 2011

Yay for Camille and Luke!

On Tuesday of this week, my sister, Camille, and her husband, Luke, were sealed in the Salt Lake City temple.[1] Alas, Leann and I were already on our way to the temple before I realized that I forgot to grab the camera. So I only have two pictures of the bride and groom, which I procured from my mom. More on that later.

The ceremony itself was beautiful. The sealer (the gentleman authorized to solemnize the marriage) thoroughly explained the covenant they were about to make and the ceremony associated with it. In fact, he mentioned, in passing, a couple of remarks that Hugh Nibley made during two separate BYU commencement ceremonies.[2]

When Leann and I left Provo, there was an inch of snow on my car and it was falling fast. But just a mile away, on the I-15 freeway, it was completely sunny. Then, when we came around Point of the Mountain, it hailed on us. So we weren't sure we'd get to take any pictures of Camille and Luke outside the temple. However, the weather was fairly mild when we got done with the ceremony. Among other things, we took pictures where everyone was making a funny face. While everyone else made mildly silly faces, I was in top form. Here, first, are the pictures with me blurred out (I'm in the center back):

And now…me. (You may need to click on them to get the full effect.)

Camille and Luke are so lucky I was there to be in there pictures. What a special day!


[1] For those who are unsure why Latter-day Saints (Mormons) get married in temples, I recommend you visit here and here, where you can learn more about LDS beliefs concerning marriage. Note that sometimes we call marriage in the temple "getting sealed". This is in part to distinguish a marriage that is recognized by God and a marriage that is merely recognized by a particular government. If you have more questions, ask and maybe I'll do a full post on the topic.

[2] The first was during an invocation. The second was an address he delivered 23 years later, entitled "Leaders to Managers: The Fatal Shift" (available in full here). Besides giving an account of false priesthoods, he also has some meaningful things to say about the manager–leader dichotomy. I highly recommend you read it.


  1. Thank you for posting these. Now I can save them onto my own computer and post them on facebook where your poor defenseless self can't do anything about it. ;) Though if you are posting them here, you clearly wouldn't feel bad about it.

    Also, do you know when the exclamation "Yea!" became "Yay!"? Just curious. It seems to me that it is an evolution of language in our own lifetime.

  2. The Oxford English Dictionary records that "yay" was used in the 1960s by surfers. However, they claim that it is an altered pronunciation (and spelling) of "yeah", not "yea".