This list of quotes was shared at my recent stake conference by a man who has worked with general authorities in the temple building department. I loved the quotes and asked for a copy of them.
"When a seal is put upon the father and mother, it secures their posterity, so that they CANNOT be lost, but will be saved by virtue of the covenant of their father and mother " (Joseph Smith, From Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith)
"The covenant sealed on the foreheads of the parents secure the children from falling and they shall all sit upon thrones as one with the godhead, join heirs of God with Jesus Christ" (Joseph Smith, From "Words of Joseph Smith")
" The prophet Joseph Smith declared, and he never taught more comforting doctrine, that the eternal sealing of faithful parents and the divine promises made to them for valiant service in the cause of truth, would save not only themselves, but likewise their posterity. Though some of the sheep may wander, the eye of the Shepherd is upon them, and sooner or later they will feel the tentacles of Divine Providence reaching out after them and drawing them back to the fold. Either in this life or in the life to come, THEY WILL RETURN. They will have to pay their debt to justice; they will suffer for their sins, and may tread a thorny path; but if it leads them at last, like the penitent prodigal, to a loving and forgiving father's heart and home, they painful experience will not have been in vain. Pray for your careless and disobedient children; HOLD ON TO THEM WITH YOUR FAITH. Hope on, trust on, till you see the salvation of God" (Quoted Joseph Smith in Conf Report, April 1929, 110)
"The measure of our success as parents will not rest solely on how our children turn out. That judgment would be just only if we could raise our families in a perfectly moral environment, and that now is not possible. It is not uncommon for responsible parents to lose one of their children, for a time, to influences over which they have no control. They agonize over rebellious sons and daughters. They are puzzled over why they are so helpless when they have tried so hard to do what they should. It is my conviction that those wicked influences one day will be overruled...we cannot overemphasize the value of temple marriage, the binding ties of the sealing ordinance and the standards of worthiness required of them. WHEN PARENTS KEEP THE COVENANTS THEY HAVE MADE AT THE ALTAR OF THE TEMPLE, THEIR CHILDREN WILL BE FOREVER BOUND TO THEM" (Joseph Smith quoted in 1992 April Conference report, emphasis added)
"In answer to the question to what degree can righteous parents, fathers and mothers who have entered into and keep sacred covenants, affect and effect the salvation of their posterity, President Brigham Young taught, "Let the father and mother, who are members of this Church and kingdom take a righteous course and strive to do good all their lives; if they have one child or one hundred children, if they conduct themselves towards them as they should, binding them to the Lord by their faith and prayers, I CARE NOT WHERE THOSE CHILDREN GO, they are bound up to their parents by an everlasting tie, and no power on earth or hell can separate them from their parents in eternity; they will return again to the fountain from whence they sprang" (Brigham Young, Journal of discourses)
"Those born under the covenant, throughout all eternity, are the children of their parents and NOTHING except the unpardonable sin, can break this tie." (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation)
"God has fulfilled his promises to us, and our prospects are grand and glorious. Yes, in the next life we will have our wives, and our sons and daughters. If we do not get them all at once, WE WILL HAVE THEM SOME TIME...You that are mourning about your children straying away will have your sons and your daughters. If you succeed in passing through these trials and afflictions and receive a resurrection, you will, by the power of the priesthood, work and labor, as the Son of God has, UNTIL YOU GET ALL YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS IN THE PATH OF EXALTATION AND GLORY. THIS IS JUST AS SURE AS THAT THE SUN ROSE THIS MORNIGN OVER YONDER MOUNTAINS. Therefore, mourn not because all your sons and daughters do not follow in the path that you have marked out to them, or give heed to your counsel. INASMUCH AS WE SUCCEED IN SECURING ETERNAL GLORY, AND STAND AS SAVIORS, AND AS KINGS AND PRIEST TO OUR GOD, WE WILL SAVE OUR POSTERITY...God will have His own way in His own time, and He will accomplish His purposes in the salvation of His sons and daughters...God bless you, brethren and sisters. DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED is the word I wish to pass to you." (President Lorenzo Snow, emphasis added)
"Because of the temple sealing you parents of the willful and the wayward, don't give up. Don't cast them off! They are NOT utterly lost. The shepherd will find his sheep. They were his before they were yours long before he entrusted them to your care; and you cannot begin to love them as he loves them. Only the fullness of knowledge brings the fullness of accountability. Our heavenly Father is far more merciful, infinitely more charitable, than even the best of his servants, and the Everlasting gospel is mightier in power to save than our narrow finite minds can comprehend." (Elder Orson F Whitney)
“It is the constitutional disposition of mankind to set up stakes and set bounds to the works and ways of the Almighty. I say to all those who are disposed to set up stakes for the Almighty, you will come short of the glory of god. Our Heavenly Father is more liberal in His views, and boundless in His mercies and blessings, than we are ready to believe or receive.” (Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith)
"I promise you that all who faithfully attend to temple work will be blessed beyond measure, your families will draw closer to the Lord, UNSEEN ANGELS WILL WATCH OVER YOUR LOVED ONES WHEN SATANIC FORCES TEMPT THEM, the veil will be thin, and great spiritual experiences will distill upon this people. (Vaughn J. Featherstone, emphasis added)
"The time will come when even the elect will begin to lose hope if they do not come often to the temples. All that we do in the temples ties to the Atonement. I believe that Saints will come to the temple not only to do temple work but also to find a God-given haven of peace." (Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone, "The Incomparable Christ: Our Master and Model" p. 3-6)
|The Salt Lake City, Utah temple is where my husband and I were sealed 26 years ago!|
The following statements are from Carol B. Thomas, 1st counselor in the Young Women General Presidency said at the May 1999 General Conference:
1. GOING TO THE TEMPLE OFTEN PROVIDES BALANCE IN OUR LIVES. She quotes Pres. Hinckley "If there were more temple work done in the church, there would be less selfishness, less contention, less demeaning of others. The whole church would increasingly be lifted to greater heights of spirituality, love for one another, and obedience to the commandments of God."
2. THE SPIRITUAL ATMOSPHERE OF THE TEMPLE CURBS OUR APPETITE FOR WORLDLY THINGS. When we attend frequently, we no longer have such a need to wear the latest fashion, and we are not so easily drawn to the entertainment of the world.
3. THE TEMPLE IS A PLACE OF REVELATION. Elder John A. Widsoe said, "At the most unexpected moments, in or out of the temple will come to us, as a revelation, the solution of the problems that vex our lives...it is a place where revelations may be expected."
4. ONE OF THE BIGGEST LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED IS THAT SATAN WILL TRY TO KEEP US FROM GOING TO THE TEMPLE. I remember reading of a warning given by the president of the Logan Temple that Satan and his followers will "whisper in the ears of the people persuading them not to go to the temple." Body K. Packer said. "Temple work brings so much resistance because it is the source of so much spiritual power to the Latter-Day Saints."
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