Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The House of the Lord

Yesterday we got to go to the temple in Albuquerque. What a long drive! We left the house at 6:30 in the morning and didn't get back until 10 at night! But it was so worth it. The temple is the house of the Lord, just like the temple of Solomon (in the Old Testament) or the temple of Herod (in the New Testament). Just as in Biblical times, the temple is a place where you can make sacred covenants, or promises, with the Lord. It's also a great place to ponder and pray.
Twice a year, all of the missionaries in the whole mission come to the temple for Missionary Monday. Normally the temple is closed for cleaning every Monday, but on Missionary Monday, workers volunteer to come in and open up the temple for the missionaries. It was so fun (read, spiritual) to have so many missionaries packed in the temple together. Another wonderful thing about the temple is the beautiful flowers that always cover the temple grounds. If you've never wandered through the grounds of a temple, you really ought to. It's a wonderful place to enjoy the beauty of nature and to feel close to God.
This week, we had the chance to talk about temples with a few of the families we are working with. One couple told us that they are looking forward to being married in the temple. You might wonder, why get married in the temple, rather than some other pretty building? Because when a couple is sealed together in the temple, their marriage is not pronounced, "until death do us part." Instead they are able to be a family, "for time and all eternity." We are so excited to help people prepare to make these sacred covenants, because we know that they will receive so many blessings from Heavenly Father for making him a priority in their family.
Well folks! I hope you all have a fantastic week!

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