So… What is a Mormon Temple? And why do we have them?

I once heard someone who thought they were castles, which I thought somewhat funny. But in a way, I suppose they are castles, because they are God’s house, and He is the King of the earth.

Having grown up in the church all my life, I was taught about the sacredness of the temple. Some wonder, and others are even offended at the idea that people are not of the Mormon faith are not allowed to go into the temple after it has been dedicated. Well, it isn’t because we are trying to be rude, and it isn’t because we have something to hide, because we truly don’t. But the work that is done in the temple is sacred.

You would not give a toddler a 24k diamond, because you know he would not understand how special it is. He would sooner flush it down the toilet than really take care of it. The same can be said of the sacredness of God’s holy temple.

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In the temple, we make eternal promises with our Heavenly Father, and we receive blessings in the temple. It can’t be described what those blessings are, simply because it is difficult to explain in a way all would understand and appreciate. The understanding required comes only through the Spirit of God. When you are teachable and you have learned to recognize the voice of the Spirit, then you will be ready to enter into our Father’s house.

You can gain the ability to recognize the Spirit as you listen to the missionaries and as you make sacrifices, willing to submit to God’s will for you, by keeping His commandments. As you make promises with God through baptism, your heart will be open to hear His voice. Then and only then, will you be ready to come to the Temple and understand a portion of what it has to offer.

So in a sense, we invite all to come and enter into the temple, but only when they are truly spiritually prepared. There are many members of the Mormon Church who are not yet spiritually prepared, and until they are, they cannot enter the temple. I, myself, could not enter the temple until I was ready.

We invite all the come unto Christ, then partake of the blessings of the temple, but just as you would not place the average five year a college level class, each and every person must take the necessary steps to go to the temple.

As I had before, we receive blessings in the temple, not just for ourselves but for our ancestors as well. Through the temple, all generations of the Earth shall be blessed. We are married not just until ‘death do us part’, but for time and all eternity, and we are promised to be with our families forever.

Now I’ve heard some say that they believe that our temples are too ‘gody’. To that I say, well… why not?

It is the house of ‘God’, isn’t it? Shouldn’t we give Him the best? Just as He asks the best of each of us, shouldn’t we give our King the best we can offer? Ask yourself. Would you rather present your God with a castle or a small hut? If it is the best you can give, He will accept either with pleasure. But if you can build Him a castle, then why would you only give Him your meager effort?

I daily strive to give my very best to Him. I often fall short, but through His atoning sacrifice I am able to dust myself off and try again. I invite all who read these words to do the same. Build your life on the foundation that is Christ Jesus, and He will direct you for good. And when you enter into His holy temple, you will be ready to receive all He has promised you. 

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Mormon Temples

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Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye

If you want to understand the ones you love, try closing your mouth and opening your ears. I’m not saying this to be rude or anything, but in order to show that you really truly care, the best method is listening to what they have to say.
That is what our Father in Heaven does with us. He allows us to pour out our souls to Him and He waits. Then when all that needs to be said is said, He answers our pleas for help.
We are here to learn to be like Him, so we should do the same. We should have patience and allow our troubled loved ones to speak their mind, then with love, we respond so that everyone to clearly understood and the help needed is granted.

Setting Your Sights

Setting Your Sights

Every year around this time, people make New Year’s resolutions, but most don’t keep them. So… What’s the point in setting the goal in the first place?
I’ll tell you.
Goals are essentially hopes that want you to make actions. So if you don’t set goals, what does that tell you about your own thought concerning the future?
Even if you do not end up completely the desired goal, if you have hard your hardest and improved yourself even slightly. If you are doing a little bit better than before, than you are succeeding.
Success cannot be measured by comparing yourself to the world around you. Try as you might, there is probably always going to be someone better than you. But when you compare where you are at to where you were, that is when success is found. And that is all our Father in Heaven asks of us.
He knows how great we can be, and that is what He wants for us. He wants us to continually improving ourselves, little by little. And with His help, we can do it. As we a line our views to His, and set daily goals to improve ourselves, then we truly succeed.

Change and Choices

Change and Choices

You control your actions, but sometimes, we wait until we are acted upon. We allow others to determine our fate, because we are either not willing to take command or we believe we are not worthy or ready.
Do not let your situation control you. Be the leader of your own life. Step up and take command. Your Heavenly Father loves you and will support you in any righteous act.
Love Him and yourself enough to use the agency He gave you to be better than your situation, no matter what it is. You can be happy, but you must choose to be.

Dress for Your Success

Dress for Your Success

You wouldn’t wear boots to do ballet, it would hinder your ability to dance. Why would you reduce your ability to succeed in life, by dressing inappropriately?
You may not think that showing a little more skin will affect your success, but it does. When jobs are looking for people to hiring, they look for people who are confident. If you have to reveal more so you can be approved by the world, then how much will your confidence fall? The more you reveal, the less people respect you. It sounds funny, but it’s the truth. And the more you show, the less people try to get to know you, the real you.
Think of it this way. If you read the summary of a book, and it gives away the ending, how much are you going to want to read the book itself?
The world would have you think that dressing immodestly will get your more friends and you’ll be more popular. This may be true, but how deep are the friendships?
Quality is always better than quantity, as the saying go. If you respect yourself, then people will respect you and take an interest in you, because you are confident. When you are confident, you are dressed for success!