Monday, December 12, 2011
Preparing for the Temple
Nathaniel and Mom and Dad helped prepare for Nate going to the Temple to receive his Endowment in the Temple, by attending the Temple Preparation class with Craig and Nancy Brown. Brother and Sister Brown have been our Home Teachers for several years and we always enjoy the new insights we gain from their love and study of the scriptures. Thank you for your service to our family and for all those who shared this special day with us.
In the Church, we build buildings of many kinds. In them we worship, we teach, we find recreation, we organize. To organize families according to the order that the Lord has revealed, we organize them in temples.
In the temples members of the Church who make themselves eligible can participate in the most exalted of the redeeming ordinances that have been revealed to mankind.
The ordinances and ceremonies of the temple are simple. They are beautiful. They are sacred. They are kept confidential lest they be given to those who are unprepared. Curiosity is not a preparation. Deep interest itself is not a preparation. Preparation for the ordinances includes preliminary steps: faith, repentance, baptism, confirmation, worthiness, a maturity and dignity worthy of one who comes invited as a guest into the house of the Lord.
There are many reasons who one should want to come to the temple. Even its external appearance seems to hint of it deeply spiritual purposes. Much more is this evident within its walls. Over the door to the temple appears the tribute "Holiness to the Lord." When you enter any dedicated temple, you are in the house of the Lord. (excerpt from: "Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple)
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