Lessons of the Plan, Part 3
I am still in the infancy of my understanding of the temple and the power it can have in my life, yet I understand one very important thing:
The temple is a place of learning, understanding, and binding for eternity.
For a long time, when I served in the temple, I got stuck on the “fulfill the measure of our creation” part. Multiplying and replenishing was something that my body was not doing, therefore I couldn’t fulfill the measure for which I was created. And therefore, there was something wrong with me. And therefore, in my mind, the concepts learned about in the temple surely were not meant for me.
When I understood that there was more to the temple than what I had fixated on, my temple experience was transformed and became powerful, pivotal, and an absolutely necessary part of my life.
I learned that the temple is a quiet place where we can communicate soul to Soul with our Savior and our Heavenly Father. The temple is a sanctuary for the soul, providing a place of spiritual refuge. It is a place of learning where the Holy Ghost teaches us about eternity and how our life on earth has eternal significance. We can receive personal direction when answers are found no where else. The temple reminds us of our purpose in life, emphasizes the promised blessings that are ours as we keep our covenants, renews our perspective, and allows us to see the Lord’s hand in our lives. By enhancing our temple experiences, we can see these blessings adorn our lives more abundantly. Elder L. Lionel Kendrick suggested several things we can do to have “a rich spiritual experience” in the temple:
• “While in the temple we should act as if we are in His holy presence.”
• “We should respond to His invitation [to come to the temple] by being worthy, by being prepared, and by having the temple as a priority in our lives.”
• We should be reverent. Reverence “involves an awareness of what is taking place. It involves a divine desire to learn and to be receptive to the promptings of the Spirit. It involves a striving to seek added light and knowledge.”
• “We must leave the world behind.”
• “Our thoughts should be spiritual in nature.”
• “We should also leave our worldly discussions behind” (“Enhancing Our Temple Experience,” Ensign, May 2001, 78, 79).
I have gone to the temple with a heavy but prayerful heart, hoping that I would receive heavenly direction. I have vivid memories of when, in response to my petition, things were revealed to me in the temple. These revelations were not earth shattering and no one in the room knew of their occurrence; but to me, they were significant—they were spiritual “a-ha” moments. I have participated in the temple ordinances numerous times, but in these moments of revelation, it seemed as though I was hearing them for the first time. I can remember feelings of overwhelming awe as I recognized that the Spirit had communicated directly with me; there was no doubt that my soul’s complaint had been heard. In these quiet awakenings, my understanding of adversity changed, my life felt acceptable, peace encircled me, and I simply felt content. I knew that Heavenly Father was mindful of me. Isaiah 2:3 says, “Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths.”
I know that the temple is a place of learning and of understanding.
Now, a word about the concept of “binding for eternity”. Not long ago I was able to attend the sealing of my husband’s cousin’s family. He and his wife had experienced infertility for many years, were able to get pregnant with one child, and then continued their battle with infertility for several more years. They chose to adopt a most darling little boy. We were able to be with them in the temple and experience the overwhelming feelings of the Spirit as they bound their sweet little family together for eternity through the sealing power. I believe that day was a pivotal moment for me. On that day, the Spirit confirmed to me that the sealing power is real. I know that it can bind us together as families forever. I know that, according to our faithfulness, it guarantees us the richest blessings that Heavenly Father has to offer us now and in the eternities. I am grateful that Elijah restored these keys to the Prophet Joseph Smith so that families, no matter what their shape or size or how they are built, can be assured that they are an eternal family with eternal blessings.
May I suggest that we enhance our lives by going to the temple? May I suggest we consider the vastness of the blessings available to us through the temple? And, may I suggest that we recognize the power that can be ours as we worship in such a holy, magnificent, peaceful place? Through personal revelation within the temple, we can know of His ways for us personally and we can be recommitted to walking in His paths amid the challenges we face.
Some of this text is excerpted from my book. For more information about my book, please visit www.ldsinfertilitybook.com.
I loved this “Mormon Message” about the temple…especially the description of feelings we can have in the temple. They are feelings each of us need more of. Just thought I’d share…