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Sunday, June 16, 2013

"Come into the Temple"

Taught by Becky S.

     *Through the temple ordinances we form sacred ties that can bind families together or time and eternity.

     We have received much wisdom and knowledge of things which astonish the world when we speak of them.  We have learned that, in temples, we are able to form ties which are not dissolved at death, but which reach into eternity; sacred ties which bind families together for time and eternity.

     "Like you, I don't want to lose any of my children.  I want to be together forever with all of my family. The temple gives all of us extra hope of continuing and improving these relationships, even after this life.  Sealings bestowed in the temple promise additional blessings" "The Temple is about families by: Richard H Winkel)

     *When we enter the temple with a pure heart, the Lord blesses us according to what He knows is best for us.

     It may be safely anticipated that every faithful Saint who enters that House will receive a blessing that will give much satisfaction to the recipient.  Before those who would enter the Temple (leave) it, somethings (will) arise in their hearts and understanding which (will) be serviceable to them in their future lives.  To this, as true latter-day Saints, they (are) entitled.

     D&C 109:22  And we ask thee, Holy father, that 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.

     *In temples we receive the ordinances of exaltation in behalf of our kindred dead.

     "Just as our Redeemer gave His life as a vicarious sacrifice for all men and in so doing became our Savior, even so we, in a small measure, when we engage in proxy work in the temple, become as saviors to those on the other side who have no means of advancing unless something is done in their behalf by those on the earth" President Hinckley

     *We should strive to perform temple and family history work, even if it requires sacrifice on our part.

     "If you have been to the temple for yourselves and if you live within relatively close proximity to a temple, your sacrifice could be setting aside the time in your busy lives to visit the temple regularly.  There is much to be done in our temples in behalf of those who wait beyond the vail.  As we do the work for them, we will know that we have accomplished what they cannot do for themselves.  President Joseph F. Smith, in a mighty declaration, stated, "Through our efforts in their behalf, their chains of bondage will fall from them, and the darkness surrounding them will clear away, that light may shine upon them, and they shall hear in the spirit world of the work that has been done for them by their children here, and will rejoice with you in your performance of these duties"  My brothers and sisters, the work is ours to do."  (The Holy Temple-a Beacon to the World, by President Thomas Monson)

     Do you know what will be the main labor during the thousand years of rest, (the Millennium)?  It will be that which we are trying to urge the Latter-day Saints to perform at the present time.  Temples will be built all over this land, and the brethren and sisters will go into them and perhaps work day and night in order to hasten the work and accomplish the labors necessary before the Son of Man can present His kingdom to His Father.  This work  has got to be accomplished before the Son of Man can come and receive His kingdom to present it to His Father.

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