The New Zealand Temple is a very special place. It was recently announced that it will close for remodel for an estimated period of 3 years. The Church’s 11th Temple is located in Temple View just outside of Hamilton New Zealand. As the first temple in the South Pacific it has blessed the lives of faithful saints since 1958. Built by the dedicated “labor missionaries” it has stood as a monument to the sacrifice and faith of a people who love the Lord. Beautiful during the day and illuminated at night it glows through the morning mist as a testimony of covenants and the Lord’s love of His children. Those who serve in The House of the Lord enjoy the ordinances of eternity. During renovation the beautiful Hamilton New Zealand Temple will be missed but when re-opened it will once again stand to lift and bless a special people.
Recently I’ve been reflecting upon the significance of the temple. How does it impact my life? Do I actually let the temple positively impact my life? Is there anything in my life I need to do to make the temple more meaningful to me?
As part of this reflection I read the General Conference talk entitled “See Yourself in the Temple” that Elder Quentin L. Cook delivered in the April 2016 Conference. Below are a few quotes from his talk that inspired me and gave me reason to reflect a little more deeply upon the blessings of temple worship.
“My challenge this morning is for each of us, wherever we live, to see ourselves in the temple. President Monson has stated: ‘Until you have entered the house of the Lord and have received all the blessings which await you there, you have not obtained everything the Church has to offer. The all-important and crowning blessings of membership in the Church are those blessings which we receive in the temples of God.’”
“Despite the lack of righteousness in the world today, we live in a sacred, holy time. Prophets, with loving and longing hearts, have described our day for centuries.”
“It is our great desire that members of the Church will live to be worthy of a temple recommend. Please don’t see the temple as some distant and perhaps unachievable goal. Working with their bishop, most members can achieve all righteous requirements in a relatively short period of time if they have a determination to qualify and fully repent of transgressions. This includes being willing to forgive ourselves and not focus on our imperfections or sins as disqualifying us from ever entering a sacred temple.”
“The primary blessings of the temple are the ordinances of exaltation. The gospel plan is about exaltation and encompasses making and keeping sacred covenants with God. Except for baptism and confirmation, these ordinances and covenants are performed and received in the temple for the living. For the dead, all the saving ordinances and covenants are received in the temple.”
I could’ve easily included additional quotes from this talk but my post is long enough already. I encourage you to read this wonderful talk and do what you can to qualify for ALL of the blessings of the sacred temple.
What does the temple mean to you?
For me the temple means: love, hope, progress, peace, rest, silence from the world, eternity, listen, faith, blessings, holy spirit, prayer, answers to prayer, beauty, obedience, eternal marriage, promises, covenants, choice, holy, and much much more.
One of my favorite Primary songs is “I Love to See the Temple” because it teaches and reminds me about the temple.
I love to see the temple.
I’m going there someday
To feel the Holy Spirit,
To listen and to pray.
For the temple is a house of God,
A place of love and beauty.
I’ll prepare myself while I am young;
This is my sacred duty.
I love to see the temple.
I’ll go inside someday.
I’ll cov’nant with my Father;
I’ll promise to obey.
For the temple is a holy place
Where we are sealed together.
As a child of God, I’ve learned this truth:
A fam’ly is forever.
Again, what does the temple mean to you?