Inspiration Through Mormon Temple Worship
It has been said that “The temple is a place of revelation, of inspiration, meditation, and peace—a place to restore ourselves, to clear our minds, to find answers to our prayers, and to enjoy the satisfaction of worship and service” (David E. Sorensen, The Doctrine of Temple Work, Liahona, August, 2002).
These blessings became clear to me when my husband, Tyler, and I went to the temple in Raleigh, North Carolina. I was six months pregnant, and Tyler was just starting his second semester at a top ten law school. He had been doing well in his classes, but both of us had a feeling that we needed to make a career change. Neither of us could shake the feeling that we wanted to return our focus to Russian studies. We talked about our different options and prayed to be guided in our decision. We felt we needed to go to the temple the following day to seek an answer. As we worshipped and served in the holy temple, we both had feelings of peace come about our decision to change careers. As we talked quietly together, we felt the best thing for our family was to have Tyler discontinue law school, and return to school to study Russian. In addition to this feeling, I had a gentle feeling of peace that I needed to trust Tyler’s decision. I was inspired to know that he had our best interest in mind, and that he wanted to follow the will of the Lord.
Making Decisions: Revelation in LDS/”Mormon” temples:
The next day, we talked again about what we wanted to do. Though I knew we had received an answer from the Lord within His House (Mormon temple), I was afraid to make such a big decision, and worried that Tyler was only doubting his ability to do well in law school. I told him I thought he should go to his classes that day. I felt horrible all day. I knew I had gone against the revelation that I had received at the temple to trust Tyler’s decision . When Tyler came home, I asked him how he felt. He had felt terrible about continuing as well. We knew we needed to trust the answer we had received in the temple of God (Mormon temple, LDS temple). We went the next day to withdraw from his classes. The Dean confided in us that he usually felt the need to encourage students to stick it out another semester, especially given Tyler’s academic performance so far, but after talking with us, he felt it was what our family needed to do.
Though we felt peace about our decision, that didn’t mean we wouldn’t have challenges. During the following months, we had financial worries and a new baby on the way. We were presented with new opportunities that would relieve our financial stress, but that would make it impossible for Tyler to pursue a PhD in Russian, or for me to be at home with our daughter. But every time doubt or fear tempted us to change our minds, we would remember those peaceful feelings we experienced together in God’s House (Mormon temple). It was the foundation for many answers to come in what we should be doing to bless our family and be of service to our Heavenly Father. He has reaffirmed that decision in many ways, and we have been able to move forward with faith, not because we know all of the answers of what is to come, but because we were able to receive peace in the temple that this decision is right for our family. Many doors have opened already to be able to use Russian and serve our Heavenly Father. Truly we have seen for ourselves that the Lord’s house (Mormon temple) is a place for us to receive revelation, inspiration, and peace, “a place to restore ourselves, to clear our minds, [and] to find answers to our prayers.”
To learn more about the blessing of the the temple, watch this video.