Thursday, September 15, 2011

The House of the Lord

"I love to see the temple,
I'm going there someday.
to feel the Holy Spirit,
to listen and to pray.
For the temple is a house of God,
a place of love and beauty.
I'll prepare myself while i am young,
This is my sacred duty."

I learned these words as child, but never quite understood the importance. A temple can be described as a place where heaven touches earth. Our loving Father in Heaven has given us a place of refuge to rest from the cares and stresses and evils of the world. Think of it as a safe zone where you can find peace, and in a sense that's exactly what a temple is: peace.

Among other things, the temple is important because it makes life-saving ordinances (or sacred acts exercising God's authority [priesthood]) available to those who have passed on. There are many who have been born, lived, then died without hearing about Jesus Christ. They, too, are entitled to the same blessings and given the same opportunity as everyone else. This is what is meant in the scripture in Malachi 4:6 that says, " And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers...". We have the opportunity to "turn our hearts" to our ancestors and to participate in ordinances such as baptism in thier behalf. What a blessing this is! God is truly a just and loving God!

In the temples we can also be sealed as a family forever through the same priesthood authority. Marriage is meant to go far beyond "until  death do you part.." for "what therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder"(Mark 10:9). When joined together in the temple by the priesthood, true love can extend through the ages and past the grave. One can feel the comfort in knowing thier true love will always be there for them. I know that this is true!

" I love to see the temple,
I’ll go inside someday.
I’ll covenant with my Father;
I’ll promise to obey.
For the temple is a holy place
Where we are sealed together.
As a child of God, I’ve learned this truth:
A family is forever."

"Why Mormons Build Temples." Mormon Messages Video

Monday, September 5, 2011

Moments that Matter Most

Every single moment matters. There is never a time where the phrase, "I'll just do this now because it is inconsequential and won't have any effect on me or my progression" is even valid. It is important for us to appreciate every small thing. The difference between being 1st place and 100th place in the Olympic 100 meter dash is only a fraction of a second. Happiness or Despair hang in a moment's time.

Our God is aware of us at every moment of time, day and night. He knows our needs and we would be wise to come to know our own needs as well; for it will humble us, make us aware of our ultimate dependencey on Him, and allow our Father in Heaven to work miracles within us (Ether 12:27). Look around you and see The Creator's hand in everything around you. Don't take for granted the small moments that govern who we are. By "small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise" (Alma 37:6).

Trillions of molecules make up a beautiful rainbow. So also do many small actions make up who we are. With the Lord's help, we can become the most beautiful masterpiece

"Moments that Matter Most" Mormon Messages Video: