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TEMPLE BLESSINGS

Come Listen to a Prophet’s Voice

TEMPLE

Inasmuch as my people build a house unto me in the name of the Lord . . . my glory shall rest upon it (Doctrine and Covenants 97:15).

Great blessings for ourselves and for our families come from going to the temple. We can live worthy of these blessings by obeying the
commandments. President James E. Faust talked about these blessings. Here are some of the things he said.

You may want to talk about them with your parents.

We are living in the greatest day of temple building. . . . The faithful Saints who pay their tithes and offerings have made this possible, and each will receive eternal blessings. . . . Each temple building is an inspiration, magnificent and beautiful in every way, but the temple building alone does not bless. The . . . blessings . .
come through obedience and faithfulness to priesthood authority and covenants made. . . .

In the magnificence and splendor of our modern temples, well might we pause and reflect upon the laborers without shirts and shoes who built the Nauvoo and Kirtland Temples. Each temple that stands today is a vindication of Joseph and Hyrum Smith and a triumph for them and all of our people who suffered the destruction, the beatings, and the
murders at the hands of cruel tyrants in the mobs who drove our people west. . . .

In the temples of the Lord, we learn obedience. We learn sacrifice. We . . . have our lives consecrated to holy purposes. . . . We can see in vision the countless couples in their youth and beauty coming to be married. We see clearly the unspeakable joy on their countenances (faces) as they are sealed together [for eternity]. . . . We can see unnumbered families surrounding the altar, all clothed in white, with bowed heads and clasped hands, as they are sealed one to another. . . . We can see the army of angelic
young children . . . coming to the house of the Lord with awe and wonder to be baptized for the dead.

We see . . . heavenly hosts unnumbered whose eternal odysseys (journeys) have been suspended as they wait for their vicarious work to be done. . . . We can see families dancing, shouting, and crying
with joy in their being united in another world. The spirit and blessings of the temple can fill our homes as we live worthy lives. Even before we are old enough to go to the temple, we can prepare our hearts by being obedient and choosing the right. When we do go to the temple, we can share its blessings with our ancestors.

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Temple Dot to Dot

Illustrated by Mark Robison

Who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart (Ps. 24:3–4).

 

“New Temples,” Friend, Jan 2002, 40

Who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart (Ps. 24:3–4).

President Hinckley wants all worthy Church members to have temple blessings. He feels bad that members who live far away cannot go to the temple often. He said that these people “make tremendous sacrifices to visit the temples. They travel for days … in cheap buses and on old boats. They save their money and do without to make it all possible.”*

He and his counselors and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles prayed to know how they could help more people participate in temple work. The prophet said that “the answer … came bright and clear.” Heavenly Father told them to build many small temples all over the world instead of only a few large ones. President Hinckley has dedicated close to seventy temples.

Seeing new temples built makes President Hinckley happy because temples bring blessings. In 1985, he traveled to Mexico City for the temple dedication there. He had visited Mexico before, and he remembered how poor some of the people were. This didn’t stop them from coming to the temple dedication, smiling brightly and dressed in their best clothing. They knew that they would be blessed because a temple had been built in their country. President Hinckley was impressed by their joy. He said, “What a wonderfully uplifting experience it was to be with them and to witness the miraculous power of God in their lives.”

Temples bring blessings because there we are taught more about Heavenly Father’s plan. We participate in ordinances and make covenants; the Holy Ghost strengthens us as we obey. We can help in the building of more temples by paying a full tithing and by living the gospel.

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Temple Color and Draw yourself

Illustrations by Apryl Stott

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