President Boyd. K Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, wrote this statement about temples:
”’There are many reasons one should want to come to the temple. Even its external appearance seems to hint of its deeply spiritual purposes. This is much more evident within its walls. Over the door to the temple appears the tribute “Holiness to the Lord.” When you enter any dedicated temple, you are in the house of the Lord.”’
I have a deep appreciation for the temple and the blessings that are associated with participating in the work done therein. To me, the temple(s) are another testimony of the Gospel and the reality of a living God that continues to guide and bless his children. To me it is a goal that everybody should strive to be worthy of receiving and achieving. These things I know to be true, and to be of God.
“No work is more of a protection to this Church than temple work and the family history research that supports it. No work is more spiritually refining. No work we do gives us more power. No work requires a higher standard of righteousness.”
“Our labors in the temple cover us with a shield and a protection, both individually and as a people.
So come to the temple—come and claim your blessings. It is a sacred work.”
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When I was asked to say something I was thankful for, the thought to myself has always been, “This giving thanks thing is kind of lame.” “What is the purpose of giving thanks?” “I understand that it helps us see what we have been blessed with and all but that’s it…”
I was surprised to find out what happened when I actually thought about all the blessings that I had and acted upon it. My whole attitude changed. I stopped thinking about me and gained an “attitude of gratitude.”
President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “When you walk with gratitude, you do not walk with arrogance and conceit and egotism, you walk with a spirit of thanksgiving that is becoming to you and will bless your lives.”
President Thomas S. Monson, in a recent general conference said, “My brothers and sisters, to express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven. As I close this morning, it is my prayer that in addition to all else for which we are grateful, we may ever reflect our gratitude for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His glorious gospel provides answers to life’s greatest questions: Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where do our spirits go when we die? That gospel brings to those who live in darkness the light of divine truth. He taught us how to pray. He taught us how to live. He taught us how to die. His life is a legacy of love. The sick He healed; the downtrodden He lifted; the sinner He saved. Ultimately, He stood alone. Some Apostles doubted; one betrayed Him. The Roman soldiers pierced His side. The angry mob took His life. There yet rings from Golgotha’s hill His compassionate words: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Who was this “man of sorrows, . . . acquainted with grief”? “Who is this King of glory,” this Lord of lords? He is our Master. He is our Savior. He is the Son of God. He is the Author of Our Salvation. He beckons, “Follow me.” He instructs, “Go, and do thou likewise.” He pleads, “Keep my commandments.” Let us follow Him. Let us emulate His example. Let us obey His words. By so doing, we give to Him the divine gift of gratitude. My sincere, heartfelt prayer is that we may in our individual lives reflect that marvelous virtue of gratitude. May it permeate our very souls, now and evermore. In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, our Savior, amen.”
Moral of the Story: Give thanks. Give it a try.
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Many people in the world today may think it crazy to say or even believe that there are prophets and apostles who actually exist. Not just a man who claims to have extraordinary gifts/talents or someone who is able to prophesy but, a man, who in realit, reveals God‘s will to his children on earth. Elder David A. Bednar is an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. Just like in times past, there are Apostles and Prophets today. Apostles today do the same things that Apostles did in the past.Elder Bednar mentions that he is an ordinary man who carries an extraordinary responsibility. I know that the Lord works through men on Earth today.
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Now, I want to let everyone out there who reads this to understand a little something. This is my first ever blog post. So, all you blogging geniuses and blogging gurus out there, give me a break. Let me know what I can improve on. Thanks. I’ll take constructive criticism.
A while back, I received a letter from a friend of mine. This friend shared with me a little bit about their current life’s experiences. They shared about how they had gone on a couple of vacations here and there. They wrote about their crazy college life and ridiculously hectic schedule of theirs. This person expressed how their family was doing and about some of the goals that they had in their life. Then, at the very end of their letter, something was written that spoke sweet songs of melodious joy to me. Now, the very reason that this was so overwhelming for me was because what was written was a few simple thoughts that I’ve seen change other’s lives on a constant and continual basis. Not something that I’ve just read about in books and heard about from the neighbor next door but, something I really have experienced and have witnessed. Something that, when understood, works miracles. The letter concluded like this: (I paraphrase) Why do we have such high standards and morals? Why do we attend church for three hours every Sunday? Why do we keep trying to walk on a path that is so hard to follow? Even when it seems like everything and everybody in the world around us is mocking us and pointing fingers at us telling us we’re wrong and trying to pull us off of the path that we know… why then, oh why then do we still walk that path? I’ve found out that the answer is very simple. HAPPINESS! Those things point us toward Christ. Those are the things that will really make us happy.
I can also tell you that happiness can be found as the teachings of Jesus Christ are being applied in our lives. There are so many other influences that would tell us peace, joy, and happiness are found elsewhere. But, as we truly and sincerely make an effort to do the things that he would have us do, that is when we are blessed with his love and his joy which is true love and true joy. True love and joy that can only be found through Him.
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