Saturday, September 13, 2014

My Favorite Quotes about Promised Blessings of the Temple

Here's an easy FHE idea. 

Here's what we did for FHE today: Divide up the quotes and have each person mark the blessings they found in their quotes, and then list all the promised blessings together. we also wrote blessings that weren't on the quote list that we notice ourselves, like peace. Each person chose their favorite blessing on the list. We circled these. Then have the family discuss and write a goal of how often to attend the temple. These quotes will inspire and motivate you to make the temple a priority!

See how many promised blessings you can count...

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)

Our beloved new Ogden, Utah temple. We're thrilled to have it back in about ten days! Our son receives his temple endowment the day it opens, September 23rd in preparation for his mission to Paris, France. My husband and I were honored to clean the grounds before the open house, usher in the open house, and then walk through with our family and neighbors. 

Temple work brings revelation to solve problems

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)

“Every foundation stone that is laid for a temple, and every temple completed … lessens the power of Satan on the earth, and increases the power of God and Godliness” (President George Q. Cannon, Logan Temple cornerstone ceremony, 19 Sept. 1877; quoted in Nolan Porter Olsen, Logan Temple: The First 100 Years [1978], 34 in David E. Sorensen, "Small Temples-- Large Blessings"). 

"Brigham Young prophesied: 'It was revealed to me in the commencement of this Church, that the Church would spread, prosper, grow and extend, and that in proportion to the spread of the Gospel among the nations of the earth, so would the power of Satan rise' (Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe (1954), 72). Our days are not unexpected days, and the Lord has provided for our spiritual safety and for the safety of our students. As evil increases in the world, there is a compensatory power of revelation and spiritual gifts given to the righteous. The Lord gives us added power as we are willing to remain righteous in a wicked world. ...The blessings of the temple are one compensatory gift to this generation. ... There is spiritual power in tying our youth more completely to their fathers" " (Elder Neil L. Anderson, "A Classroom of Faith, Hope, and Charity, CES Broadcast, Feb. 28, 2014). 
“Do you young people want a sure way to eliminate the influence of the adversary in your life? Immerse yourself in searching for your ancestors, prepare their names for the sacred vicarious ordinances available in the temple, and then go to the temple to stand as proxy for them to receive the ordinances of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. As you grow older, you will be able to participate in receiving the other ordinances as well. I can think of no greater protection from the influence of the adversary in your life” (Elder Richard G. Scott, “The Joy of Redeeming the Dead,” 93–94).

Prioritize making time for the temple. 

"...Attend the temple on a regular basis. Make sure in your planning that you include a visit to the temple as often as personal circumstances will allow. I promise you that your personal spirituality, relationship with your husband or wife and family relationships will be blessed and strengthened as you regularly attend the temple." (Howard W. Hunter, Church News, Sept. 24, 1994)
“When a temple is conveniently nearby, small things may interrupt your plans to go to the temple.  Set specific goals, considering your circumstances, of when you can and will participate in the temple ordinances.  Then do not allow anything to interfere with that plan. Fourteen years ago I decided to attend the temple and complete an ordinance at least once a week.  When I am traveling I make up the missed visits in order to achieve that objective.   I have kept that resolve, and it has changed my life profoundly” (Elder Richard G. Scott, “Temple Worship: The Source of Strength and Power in Times of Need,” Ensign, May 2009).

Keep our focus on the temple.

"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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Unknown said...

I love the temple and have such a testimony of the power you are armed with as you come and go in the name of the Lord. I am thankful for your beautiful quotes. I was looking for quotes for the young women leaders of our stake. Thank you for sharing your testimony.

My granddaughter was two when my daughter and son-in-law lives there. We would go to see the temple. We sat on a bench and just looked at it and sang "I love to see the temple." What an amazing spirit filled my heart with a realization of the power for good she would be in our world. She will be baptized in two months and now lives in New Jersey. She is so mature for her age.

When she lived in Ogden, she did not like to ride in the car. I would look to the temple spite and say, "Look Remy, you are almost home." She woukd then quiet down and look for the temple. I have often reflected on this experience too. Thank you for sharing. We are now empty nesters, but i am the stake young women president and I frequently run to the temple for the peace, strength, revelation, clarity and love.

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Becky Edwards said...

Thank you for sharing your testimony of the temple. I'm glad you were able to find some helpful quotes about the temple for your stake young women leaders. Aren't we so blessed to live in a day where temples dot the earth? God bless you, Becky

Beth said...

Love these quotes! Thank you!