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.