Saturday, July 17, 2010
I Love to See The Temple
Some of you who belong to the LDS church know and understand why i would drive four hours down in the morning and four hours back home in the evening just to spend two hours in the temple. And for those readers who don't understand, let me simply say that it is SO worth it!
The wonderful feelings of peace, joy, and strength that i feel is indescribable. And who could resist taking any opportunity to visit a place this beautiful??
(Directly to the left of the photo is a meetinghouse, so it's impossible to get a front-facing angle)
I love this place, especially when it's summer and all the trees and flowers are in full bloom! Josh and i were married here, so this particular temple has a special place in my heart!
After going through, i always make sure to walk the gardens - Don't they just look amazing??
The LDS temples and their grounds are the most peaceful places in the world. And if anyone needed a little peace this week, I sure did!
And for my curious visitors, here is a little information on the LDS temples:
What are they for?
"Temples are places of learning. Their principal purpose is to provide ordinances necessary for the children of God to enable them to return to dwell with Him. Temple ordinances lead to the greatest blessings available through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Everything in the Church—the meetings and activities, the missionary efforts, the lessons taught and the hymns—all lead to the work done in holy temples.
"One ordinance received in the temple is called the endowment. The word endowment means "gift," and the temple endowment truly is a gift from God. The ordinance consists of a series of instructions and includes covenants to live righteously and follow the requirements of the gospel. The endowment focuses on the Savior, His role in Heavenly Father's plan, and the personal commitment of each member to follow Him.
"Another temple ordinance is celestial marriage. In this ordinance husband and wife are sealed to one another for eternity. A sealing performed in the temple continues forever if the husband and wife are faithful to the covenants they make.
"... People who have died without these essential gospel ordinances may receive those ordinances through the work done in temples. Acting in behalf of ancestors and others who have died, Church members are baptized and confirmed, receive the endowment, and participate in the sealings of husband to wife and children to parents." (Taken from The LDS Church Website)
This video talks about WHY we built temples. They say it so much better than i ever could. Please take a moment to enjoy: