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You leave the temple better than when you arrived.
"You'll leave the temple better than you arrived. I promise." (President Gordon B. Hinckley, St. George Regional Conference, Nov. 14, 2002, in Deseret News excerpt).
“In the temple, the precious plan of God is taught. It is in the temple that eternal covenants are made. The temple lifts us, exalts us, stands as a beacon for all to see, and points us toward celestial glory. It is the house of God. All that occurs within the walls of the temple is uplifting and ennobling” (President Thomas S. Monson, “Blessings of the Temple,” Ensign, Nov. 2010).
"I would admonish you to go [to the temple] often. The temple is a place where you can find peace. There we receive a renewed dedication to the gospel and a strengthened resolve to keep the commandments...experience the sanctifying influence of the Spirit of the Lord" (President Monson, “Until We Meet Again,” Ensign, May 2009).
“I hope that everyone gets to the temple on a regular basis. I hope your children over 12 years of age have the opportunity of going to the temple to be baptized for the dead. If we are a temple-going people, we will be a better people, we will be better fathers and husbands, we will be better wives and mothers. I know your lives are busy. I know that you have much to do. But I make you a promise that if you will go to the house of the Lord, you will be blessed, life will be better for you. Now, please, please, my beloved brethren and sisters, avail yourselves of the great opportunity to go to the Lord’s house and thereby partake of all of the marvelous blessings that are yours to be received there” (President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, July 1997, quoting Fireside, Lima, Peru, 9 Nov. 1996).
Temple work transforms our character.
"In the temple, through the power of the Holy Spirit, knowledge is transformed into virtues. A person who attends the temple regularly grows more patient, more long-suffering, and charitable. He becomes more diligent, more committed, and more dedicated. He develops a greater capacity to love his wife and children and to respect the good qualities and the rights of others. He develops a greater sense of values, becoming more honorable and upright in his dealings and less critical of others. In the temple knowledge is transformed into feelings of the heart, resulting in actions that build character. Thus, the family is strengthened and the community is uplifted to the extent of his influence" (Royden G. Derrick, Temple in the Last Days, p. 53)
“Prayers are answered, revelation occurs, and instruction by the Spirit takes place in the holy temples of the Lord” (President Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, May 1988).
I promise you that, with increased attendance in the temples of our God, you shall receive increased personal revelation to bless your life as you bless those who have died" (President Ezra T. Benson, Conference Report, April 1987, p. 108).
“Elder Widtsoe pointed out that ‘whoever seeks to help those on the other side [through temple work] receives help in return in all the affairs of life.” Can the temple’s lively powers affect our daily life and even our livelihood? “I can think of no better preparation for one’s labor on the farm, in the office, wherever it may be, than to spend a few hours in the temple, to partake of its spirit and to give oneself unselfishly for the benefit of those who have gone beyond the veil.’ The temple radiates. It sends blessings to both sides of the veil” (Wayne E. Brickey, quoting John A. Widtsoe, in 101 Powerful Promises from Latter Day Prophets, p. 103).
“In modern revelation, the Lord likened his house to a tower (D&C 101:41-45). It is a perfect comparison. Many of us have gone to the temple perplexed by some problem or decision and while there received even more than a prompting or even an answer. We received a grander view. We saw we had not seen before. We understood the situation afresh because we could see so far. In the Lord’s high tower, we are not distracted by the stresses and confusion below. We are presented only with those things that matter forever. The landscape stretches in every direction” (Wayne E. Brickey, 101 Powerful Promises from Latter Day Prophets, p. 103).
Temple work blesses homes and families.
The path from the temple to the home of man is divinely brilliant. Every home penetrated by the temple spirit enlightens, cheers, and comforts every member of the household. The peace we covet is found in such homes” (John A. Widtsoe, “The House of the Lord,” Improvement Era, April 1936, 228).
“The house of the Lord...has a major part to play in our homes. It cleanses, soothes, and vitalizes with its own special oil. The temple of God invites us and appoints us to keep progressing until we become like him. And it endows us with power to do so (D&C 105: 11-12). There is a big difference between the home that is networked with the temple by service ‘as often as person circumstances will allow’ and the home that is orphaned by its mother home” (Wayne E. Brickey, 101 Powerful Promises from Latter Day Prophets, 102).
“There exists a righteous unity between the temple and the home. Understanding the eternal nature of the temple will draw you to your family; understanding the eternal nature of the family will draw you to the temple” (Gary E. Stevenson, “Sacred Homes, Sacred Temples,” Ensign, May 2009).
“Imagine that you are opening your front door and walking inside your home. What do you see, and how do you feel? Is it a place of love, peace, and refuge from the world, as is the temple? Is it clean and orderly? As you walk through the rooms of your home, do you see uplifting images which include appropriate pictures of the temple and the Savior? Is your bedroom or sleeping area a place for personal prayer? Is your gathering area or kitchen a place where food is prepared and enjoyed together, allowing uplifting conversation and family time? Are scriptures found in a room where the family can study, pray, and learn together? Can you find your personal gospel study space? Does the music you hear or the entertainment you see, online or otherwise, offend the Spirit? Is the conversation uplifting and without contention? That concludes our tour. Perhaps you, as I, found a few spots that need some ‘home improvement’—hopefully not an ‘extreme home makeover’” (Gary E. Stevenson, “Sacred Homes, Sacred Temples,” Ensign, May 2009).
“The ultimate purpose of all we teach is to unite parents and children in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... that they are happy at home, sealed in an eternal marriage, linked to their generations, and assured exaltation in the presence of our Heavenly Father” (Elder Boyd K. Packer, “The Shield of Faith,” Ensign, May 1995).
“What is it that is more important than attending and participating in the ordinances of the temple? What activity could have a greater impact and provide more joy and profound happiness for a couple than worshiping together in the temple? “ (Elder Richard G. Scott, “Temple Worship: The Source of Strength and Power in Times of Need,” Ensign, May 2009).
Temples give us the honor of being Saviors on Mount Zion to our ancestors.
“[When we do temple work] for those who have gone beyond the veil...we expect no thanks, nor do we have the assurance that they will accept that which we offer. However, we serve, and in that process we attain that which comes of no other effort: we literally become Saviors on mount Zion. As our Savior gave His life as a vicarious sacrifice for us, so we, in some small measure do the same when we perform proxy work in the temple for those who have no means of moving forward unless something is done for them by those of us here on the earth” (President Monson, “Until We Meet Again,” Ensign, May 2009).
"Now let me say something to all who can worthily go to the house of the Lord. When you attend the temple and perform the ordinances that pertain to the house of the Lord, certain blessings will come to you: You will receive the spirit of Elijah, which will turn your hearts to your spouse, to your children, and to your forebears. You will love your family with a deeper love than you have loved before. You will be endowed with power from on high as the Lord has promised" (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 254).
Temple work brings angels to help us.
"...Thy servants may go forth from this house armed with thy power, and that thy name may be upon them, and thy glory be round about them, and thine angels have charge over them" (President Joseph Smith, Dedication Prayer of the Kirtland Temple, Doctrine and Covenants 109:22).
Temples push back and helps us overcome darkness.
"Every time a temple is dedicated to the Lord , the darkness pushes further back, prison doors are opened and light comes into the world." (President Spencer W. Kimball, Church News, Jan. 27, 2001)
"Some people want to keep one hand on the wall of the temple while touching the world's 'unclean things' (Alma 5:57) with the other hand. We must put both hands on the temple and hold on for dear life. One hand is not even almost enough" (Bruce C. Hafen, "The Atonement: All for All," Ensign, May 2004).
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