Mormon Temples: Houses of the Lord
There are currently 136 “Mormon temples” worldwide and about 30 temples announced or under construction. Although this post is titled “Mormon Temples”, each one of these buildings could technically be called “The House of the Lord”. It doesn’t matter if you are visiting a “Mormon temple” in Switzerland, Mexico, Canada or Utah because they each bring the same blessings from God to those that enter within its doors.
The temple has greatly blessed my life and it has been worth it to travel 15 hours overnight by bus to the temple and a huge blessing to currently live only 15 minutes away from the Provo Utah Temple. Families can be united to each other eternally and the relationships we have in this life can continue after death if we choose to accept those ordinances offered within the temple. In “Mormon temples” couples can marry each other for eternity under the authority of God instead of “until death do ye part”. It brings me great peace to know that I can live with my mother again after this life if I am faithful. There isn’t anything secret that occurs in the temple rather it is a sacred place where heaven seems to touch earth. Worshipping in the temple has helped broaden my perspective and obtain answers to personal challenges and struggles as I’ve prayed to Heavenly Father there. I believe that the temple helps me see my mortal existence through “heavenly eyes” and there I’ve gained more patience and perspective than I’d expected.
We encourage everyone to prepare and enter inside the temple to receive great blessings. However, it takes preparation and worthiness to do so. As a missionary in Spain, I enjoyed standing outside the temple in Madrid and explaining about the temple while pointing next door to the LDS chapel. One cannot attend the university without first learning the basics in primary/secondary school. Likewise, one cannot enter the temple without first being baptized into Christ’s church and attending church services in preparation for entering the temple. The same thing that is learned in church is taught in the temple and can be understood by those who come prepared with a basic knowledge and testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. More than anything, the temple has blessed me with a greater understanding of Christ’s gospel and appreciation for my family and life on earth. The temple has helped me see truth clearly as the Holy Ghost has touched my heart and impressed upon my mind what matters most.
Worshipping in the temple has strengthened my relationship with my Savior Jesus Christ. In the Madrid temple, I have pondered the meaning of Christ’s life and sacrifice for me. I have begun to glimpse the importance and impact of His Atonement in my life. I know that He not only suffered my sins so that I can repent and return to live with God but He also suffered my pains, afflictions, and sorrows (Alma 7:11-13).
I invite you to begin preparing now so that you can also strengthen your relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ and obtain eternal blessings such as living with your family after this life.
By Rebecca Bishop
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