Frequent temple attendance, as our circumstances allow, is another way to keep our spiritual windows clean. Worship in the house of the Lord will keep our view of what matters most clear and sharp, focused crisply, and free from the dust of the world. — Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, General Conference, October 1995
We again emphasize the personal blessings of temple worship and the sanctity and safety that are provided within those hallowed walls. It is the house of the Lord, a place of revelation and of peace. As we attend the temple, we learn more richly and deeply the purpose of life and the significance of the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us make the temple, with temple worship and temple covenants and temple marriage, our ultimate earthly goal and the supreme mortal experience. — Pres. Howard W. Hunter, General Conference, October 1994
John A. Widtsoe wrote: "I believe that the busy person on the farm, in the shop, in the office, or in the household, who has his worries and troubles, can solve his problems better and more quickly in the house of the Lord than anywhere else. If he will ... [do] the temple work for himself and for his dead, he will confer a mighty blessing upon those who have gone before, and ... a blessing will come to him, for at the most unexpected moments, in or out of the temple will come to him, as a revelation, the solution of the problems that vex his life. That is the gift that comes to those who enter the temple properly" ("Temple Worship," The-Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine, Apr. 1921, pp. 63-64). — Elder David B. Haight, General Conference, October 1990
When we go to the temple because we want to go and not because it is an obligation; when we go with an attitude of worship and a reverence for God and for His son Jesus Christ, and with gratitude for the Savior's sacrifice; when we spend sufficient time to leave the cares of the world outside, wonderful things happen which cannot be described. The Spirit of the Lord distills upon one's soul in these holy houses, truly the most sacred places on earth. A new perception comes into focus of who we are, of what this life is really about, of the opportunities of eternal life, and of our relationship with the Savior. — Bishop Victor L. Brown, General Conference, October 1989
Elder John A. Widtsoe made this remarkable statement: "When the history of human thought shall be written from the point of view of temple worship, it may well be found that temples and the work done in them have been the dominating influence in shaping human thought from the beginning of the race. Even today," he continued, "political controversies are as nothing in determining the temper of a people, as compared with religious sentiments and convictions, especially as practiced in the temples of the people." ("Temple Worship," p. 52.) The salvation of our Heavenly Father's children from Adam and Eve to the present generation is the most important work in time and eternity. Our joy--or our disappointment in the eternities may hinge on our willing participation in this great latter-day work. — Elder David B. Haight, General Conference, April 1993
Do we return to the temple often to receive the personal blessings that come from regular temple worship? Prayers are answered, revelation occurs, and instruction by the Spirit takes place in the holy temples of the Lord. — President Ezra Taft Benson, General Conference, April 1988
The holy endowment is deeply symbolic. "Going through the temple" is not a very good phrase; for temple worship implies a great effort of mind and concentration if we are to understand the mighty symbols that pass in review before us. Everything must be arranged to attune our hearts, our minds, and our souls to the work. Everything about us must contribute to the peace of mind that enables us to study and to understand the mysteries, if you choose, that are unfolded before us... — John A. Widstoe, Symbolism in the Temples
Our people cannot partake of all of the blessings of the gospel unless they can receive their own temple ordinances and then make these ordinances available to those of their kindred dead and others. If this is to happen, temples must be available to them. I feel very strongly about this.… I have a burning desire that a temple be located within reasonable access to Latter-day Saints throughout the world. — Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley, General Conference, October 1995
Now let me say something else to all who can worthily go to the House of the Lord. When you attend the temple and perform the ordinances that pertain to the House of the Lord, certain blessings will come to you:
You will receive the spirit of Elijah, which will turn your hearts to your spouse, to your children, and to your forebears.
You will love your family with a deeper love than you have loved before.
Your hearts will be turned to your fathers and theirs to you.
You will be endowed with power from on high as the Lord has promised.
You will receive the key of the knowledge of God. (See D&C 84:19.) You will learn how you can be like Him. Even the power of godliness will be manifest to you. (See D&C 84:20.)
You will be doing a great service to those who have passed to the other side of the veil in order that they might be 'judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.' (D&C 138:34.) — Ezra Taft Benson, "What I Hope You Will Teach Your Children about the Temple," Ensign, Aug. 1985, p. 10
Work toward being temple worthy, and obtain a temple recommend even if the temple is too far away to attend very often. Great blessings will come to you and your children because of your personal righteousness. If you now have a temple recommend, study and pray and attend the temple often to increase your understanding of the covenants you have made. — Patricia P. Pinegar, "Caring for the Souls of Children," Ensign, May 1997, p. 14
Maintain an eternal perspective. Let there be a temple marriage in your future. There is no scene so sweet, no time so sacred as that very special day of your marriage. Then and there you glimpse celestial joy. Be alert; do not permit temptation to rob you of this blessing. — Thomas S. Monson, "The Lighthouse of the Lord," New Era, July 1980, p. 19
Let us truly be a temple-attending and a temple-loving people. We should hasten to the temple as frequently, yet prudently, as our personal circumstances allow. We should go not only for our kindred dead but also for the personal blessing of temple worship, for the sanctity and safety that are within those hallowed and consecrated walls. As we attend the temple, we learn more richly and deeply the purpose of life and the significance of the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us make the temple, with temple worship and temple covenants and temple marriage, our ultimate earthly goal and the supreme mortal experience. — Howard W. Hunter, "A Temple-Motivated People," Ensign, Feb. 1995, p. 5
I hope that everyone gets to the temple on a regular basis. I hope your children over 12 years of age have the opportunity of going to the temple to be baptized for the dead. If we are a temple-going people, we will be a better people, we will be better fathers and husbands, we will be better wives and mothers. I know your lives are busy. I know that you have much to do. But I make you a promise that if you will go to the house of the Lord, you will be blessed, life will be better for you. Now, please, please, my beloved brethren and sisters, avail yourselves of the great opportunity to go to the Lord’s house and thereby partake of all of the marvelous blessings that are yours to be received there (fireside, Lima, Peru, 9 Nov. 1996). — Excerpts from Recent Addresses of President Gordon B. Hinckley, "Ensign," July 1997, p. 73
In addition to the blessings we receive from doing work for the dead, we receive personal blessings as we attend the temple. Commenting on how our lives are blessed by temple attendance Elder John A. Widtsoe stated: 'Temple work … gives a wonderful opportunity for keeping alive our spiritual knowledge and strength. … The mighty perspective of eternity is unraveled before us in the holy temples; we see time from its infinite beginning to its endless end; and the drama of eternal life is unfolded before us. Then I see more clearly my place amidst the things of the universe, my place among the purposes of God; I am better able to place myself where I belong, and I am better able to value and to weigh, to separate and to organize the common, ordinary duties of my life so that the little things shall not oppress me or take away my vision of the greater things that God has given us' (in Conference Report, Apr. 1922, pp. 97–98). — Howard W. Hunter, "We Have a Work to Do," "Ensign," Mar. 1995, p. 65
Frequent temple attendance, as our circumstances allow, is another way to keep our spiritual windows clean. Worship in the house of the Lord will keep our view of what matters most clear and sharp, focused crisply, and free from the dust of the world. — Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Windows of Light and Truth," "Ensign," Nov. 1995, p. 77–78
So often we relate the temples to the vicarious ordinances that are performed there for those who are deceased. Certainly this is a vital part of temple work. But there is another aspect of temple activity that has great importance for living members. I refer not only to the ordinances performed for the living but as well to the spiritually uplifting, strengthening influence in individual lives that results from regular temple attendance. — Dean L. Larsen, "The Importance of the Temple for Living Members," "Ensign," Apr. 1993, p. 10, 12
The requirements for temple attendance do not change from place to place. Where a temple is available, priesthood authority gives no greater or lesser blessings in one place than another. Temple worship is a perfect example of our unity as Church members. All of us answer the same questions of worthiness to enter the temple. All the men dress alike. All the women dress alike. We leave the cares of the world behind us as we enter the temple. Everyone receives the same blessings. All make the same covenants. All are equal before the Lord. — James E. Faust, "Heirs to the Kingdom of God," "Ensign," May 1995, p. 62–63
While some may not understand or agree, I testify that it is not sufficient to be baptized and then live an acceptable life, avoiding major transgressions. The Lord has decreed that the additional ordinances and covenants that I have mentioned must be received for exaltation and eternal life. Being worthy of temple ordinances means that you will choose to do what many in the world are not willing to do. You will keep the Sabbath day holy, exercise faith through the payment of tithing and fast offerings, consistently participate in Church worship, give service, and show love and appreciation for your family by helping each member of it. After you have received all of the temple ordinances, you will continue to grow by keeping the covenants made and faithfully 'endur[ing] to the end.' (Omni 1:26) — Richard G. Scott, "Jesus Christ, Our Redeemer," Ensign, May 1997, p. 54
Some people want to keep one hand on the wall of the temple while touching the world's 'unclean things' (Alma 5:57) with the other hand. We must put both hands on the temple and hold on for dear life. One hand is not even almost enough. — Bruce C. Hafen, "The Atonement: All for All," General Conference, April 2004
The temple is a house of instruction-yes, even divine instruction-about God's eternal plan for his children. In the temple one gains a superior perspective about his personal relationship with his Maker and with the Savior-yes, special knowledge about God and Jesus Christ, which is essential to the obtaining of life eternal. 'And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent' (John 17:3). — Robert L. Simpson, "The House of the Lord," Ensign, November 1980, p. 10
As we contemplate the challenge of living faithful, happy, fulfilling lives in the “perilous times” spoken of by the Apostle Paul (see 2 Tim. 3:1), we must draw upon all of the spiritual powers available to us. The temple is a principal source for the renewal of these powers. Heavenly Father will not fail in his promises to us if we do all that we can do to keep open the conduit of spiritual strength that is available to us. The temple will play an increasingly important role in this regard. — Dean L. Larsen, “The Importance of the Temple for Living Members,” Ensign, Apr. 1993, p. 12
'Brother Kimball, have you ever been to heaven?'...
'Yes. Just an hour ago. It was in the holy temple across the way. The sealing room was shut off from the noisy world by its thick, white-painted walls; the drapes, light and warm; the furniture, neat and dignified; the mirrors on two opposite walls seeming to take one in continuous likenesses on and on into infinity; and the beautiful stained-glass window in front of me giving such a peaceful glow. All the people in the room were dressed in white. Here were peace and harmony and eager anticipation. A well-groomed young man and an exquisitely gowned young woman, lovely beyond description, knelt across the altar. Authoritatively, I pronounced the heavenly ceremony which married and sealed them for eternity on earth and in the celestial worlds. The pure in heart were there. Heaven was there.' — Spencer W. Kimball, "Glimpses of Heaven," Ensign, Dec. 1971, p. 36
When we go to the temple because we want to go and not because it is an obligation; when we go with an attitude of worship and a reverence for God and for His son Jesus Christ, and with gratitude for the Savior's sacrifice, when we spend sufficient time to leave the cares of the world outside, wonderful things happen which cannot be described. The Spirit of the Lord distills upon one's soul in these holy houses, truly the most sacred places on earth. A new perception comes into focus of who we are, of what this life is really about, of the opportunities of eternal life, and of our relationship with the Savior. — Victor L. Brown, "A Lifetime of Learning," Ensign, Nov. 1989, 77
The season of opportunity that awaits us today, in temple service, is different from that of the past. We are not expected to pound nails, carve stone, mill lumber, pour concrete, or physically participate in the construction of temples. We are, however, extended a marvelous opportunity to faithfully pay our tithes so temple construction and the work of the Lord may go forward. We are also challenged to be worthy to offer ourselves in the service of providing sacred saving ordinances for those who have preceded us. Very simply stated, the great opportunity of Latter-day Saint families is to see that the lights of our temples burn early and late in the day. Perhaps we could create the need for them to burn all night as they do presently on weekends in several temples. — H. David Burton, "A Season of Opportunity," Ensign, Nov. 1998, 11
A temple is a house of the Lord, literally and in the full sense of the word. He owns it. It is sacred and clean and pure—a fit abode for the Holy One. Where else would he come except to the purest and most sacred places on earth? When he has no houses on earth, he comes to his servants on mountaintops, in groves of trees, or in desert places. But when there is a holy house fit for his presence, such is the place where his servants see his face—all of which is a type of what shall be when he comes to rule and reign on earth. He will appear in many places, chief among which will be the holy houses built and dedicated to him. — Bruce R. McConkie, "The Millennial Messiah: The Second Coming of the Son of Man" [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1982], 272
In our day, the steadying arm of the Lord reaches us through the ordinances of His holy temples. Said the Prophet Joseph to the early Saints in Nauvoo, 'You need an endowment, brethren, in order that you may be prepared and able to overcome all things.' How right he was! Being blessed with the temple covenants and endowed with power made it possible for the Latter-day Saints to endure tribulation with faith. At the end of her own pioneer journey, Sarah Rich recorded, 'If it had not been for the faith and knowledge that was bestowed upon us in that temple... our journey would have been like... taking a leap in the dark.' — Robert D. Hales, "Faith through Tribulation Brings Peace and Joy," Ensign (CR), May 2003, p.15
We are required to build Temples in which to attend to the ordinances of the house of the Lord, that the prison doors may be opened, and the prisoners go free. The world say—'We do not believe in such stuff.' We know that perfectly well; it was so in the days of Noah and Lot, but the unbelief of the people did not stop the flood and the fire, neither will the unbelief of this generation stay the hand of God one moment. The angels of God have been waiting in the Temple in heaven for [a long time] to go forth to reap down the earth. The wheat and the tares must grow together until harvest; the people must be warned, the Saints gathered out, Zion built up, Temples reared, the living warned, the dead redeemed, that the skirts of the Elders of Israel may be clean before all men. — Wilford Woodruff, "Journal of Discourses," 26 vols., 18:115
Elder John A. Widtsoe made this remarkable statement: 'When the history of human thought shall be written from the point of view of temple worship, it may well be found that temples and the work done in them have been the dominating influence in shaping human thought from the beginning of the race. Even today,' he continued, 'political controversies are as nothing in determining the temper of a people, as compared with religious sentiments and convictions, especially as practiced in the temples of the people.' ("Temple Worship," p. 52.)
The salvation of our Heavenly Fathers children from Adam and Eve to the present generation is the most important work in time and eternity. Our joy—or our disappointment—in the eternities may hinge on our willing participation in this great latter-day work. — David B. Haight, "Personal Temple Worship," Ensign (CR), May 1993, p.23
On those days when I feel off center, out of focus, or off balance, when I feel that I don't have enough time, insight, or strength to solve my problems, I know that comfort is as close as the temple. Before I go to the temple, I retreat to a private room in my home, one where, from frequent prayer, I feel I have come closest to my Father in heaven. There I kneel and express my deepest feelings of love and gratitude. I also pour out my troubles to him one by one by one, laying every burden and placing every decision at the Lord's feet. Thus prepared, I then take myself out of this world of fashion, frenzy, and occasional phoniness and go to the House of the Lord. There, dressed like my neighbor, and with no windows and no clocks to distract me, I am able to see this world objectively. There I remember that the whole of this life is a journey of the spirit to a higher and holier sphere. I remember that the success of my journey depends on my adherence to the sequential steps God has put on my individual road map. — Jeffrey R. Holland and Patricia T. Holland, "On Earth As It Is in Heaven," p.78
A temple is a retreat from the vicissitudes of life, a place of prayer and meditation providing an opportunity to receive inner peace, inspiration, guidance, and, frequently, solutions to the problems that vex our daily lives.
A temple is a place where the divine spark in man, or the infinite in man, can seek the infinite in God. — Franklin D. Richards, "Happiness and Joy in Temple Work," Ensign (CR), November 1986, p.70
In Doctrine and Covenants 109, that section which teaches us of the holiness of the temple, verse 22 reads: '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.'
That is a powerful promise to those who feel overwhelmed with the pressures and stresses of daily living, a power and promise I first encountered at twelve years of age. Now, with the many experiences I have had since that age, I can declare that this is true. The temple provides protection and it provides patterns and promises that can settle and strengthen and stabilize us, however anxious our times. If we master the principles taught there, we will receive the promise the Lord gave us through Isaiah: 'I will fasten him [or her] as a nail in a sure place.' (Isaiah 23:23.) — Jeffrey R. Holland and Patricia T. Holland, "On Earth As It Is in Heaven," p.64
As we contemplate this work, my brethren, we can begin to understand why it is the greatest work. When we think of the mission of the Savior—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man—we can understand why Joseph Smith said that this is the greatest responsibility that God has laid upon us in the world; that we neglect this temple work at the peril of losing our own salvation; that our dead can't be made perfect without us, nor we without them. Temple work transcends more space, more time and more people than any other work in the Church. The other organizations—particularly the auxiliaries—have to do with here and now. Temple work has to do with eternity. Through genealogical research we reach back into the dark ages of the past to get our records. Through temple work we enjoy the endowments today for ourselves and our families. Through temple work we project our hopes and our dreams into the future. We have sealed upon ourselves the promise that we will enjoy glory, immortality, an eternal life. And since the Savior's work is to save all mankind—not only those who live now but all who have lived and will live—surely he needs the help that we can give. He needs our aid and our support in this great and important mission. — Edward L. Clissold, "Conference Report," April 1959, General Priesthood Meeting, p.43
Notwithstanding all that may be said in relation to the work in the temple, you know, my brethren and sisters, that when you go to the house Of the Lord and receive the ordinances there administered, they are all calculated to make you better men and women, better fathers and mothers; and everything that is done in those houses is for salvation. The testimony of all who go there is that it makes them feel better prepared to battle with life. They become better fathers and mothers, and better citizens of the United States or of any other country. I can testify to this, and thousands that are before me, who have been through the house of the Lord could bear me out in this testimony, if called upon. There is nothing done there in any manner that has a tendency in the least to harm any individual, but everything that is done is for the best good and salvation of the people. — John R. Winder, "Conference Report," October 1904, First Day–Morning Session, p. 97
Occasionally I have been asked if I can recommend a good book or article to help people understand the temple ordinances. I have always answered, 'Yes! There is a wonderful manual written to explain even the most subtle meanings of the endowment, and it is readily available to you.' Excitedly the person takes out pencil and paper to write down the title. 'The manual is the holy scriptures,' I say. Disappointed, the person puts down the pencil and says, 'No, really. Is there any other book you would recommend?' — S. Michael Wilcox, "House of Glory: Finding Personal Meaning in the Temple," p. 19
We should not be surprised by Satan’s efforts to thwart or discredit temple worship and work. The devil despises the purity in and the power of the Lord’s house. And the protection available to each of us in and through temple ordinances and covenants stands as a great obstacle to the evil designs of Lucifer. — David A. Bednar, "Honorably Hold a Name and Standing," Ensign (CR) April 2009
Everything that occurs in the temple is eternal in its consequences. We there deal with matters of immortality, with things of eternity, with things of man and his relationship to his Divine Parent and his Redeemer. Hands must be clean and hearts must be pure and thoughts concerned with the solemnities of eternity when in these sacred premises. — Gordon B. Hinckley, "Keeping the Temple Holy," Ensign (CR) April 1990
There is a difference in just attending the temple and having a rich spiritual experience. The real blessings of the temple come as we enhance our temple experience. To do so, we must feel a spirit of reverence for the temple and a spirit of worship. - L. Lionel Kendrick, "Enhancing Our Temple Experience," Ensign (CR) May 2001
I urge all who have not yet received these greatest of all blessings within the walls of the temple to do whatever may be necessary to qualify to receive them. To those who have received these blessings, I invite you to prepare yourselves to savor again the experience of being within the sacred premises of the holy temples of God and have the visions of life eternal open again to your hearts, minds, and souls. - James E. Faust, "Eternity Lies Before Us," Ensign (CR) May 1997
As I have indicated previously, no Church-built facility is more important than a temple, and we are pleased to have 139 temples in operation throughout the world, with 27 more announced or under construction. We are grateful for these sacred edifices and the blessings they bring into our lives. - Thomas S. Monson, "Welcome to Conference," Ensign (CR) November 2012
What a great time to be alive. This is the last dispensation, and we can feel the hastening of the work of salvation in every area where a saving ordinance is involved. We now have temples across much of the world to provide these saving ordinances. Attending the temple for spiritual renewal, peace, safety, and direction in our lives is also a great blessing. - Quentin L. Cook, “Roots and Branches,” Ensign (CR) May 2014
This past year I have needed and wanted to feel the love of the Lord more deeply, to receive personal revelation, to better understand my temple covenants, and to have my burdens lightened. As I have prayed specifically for these blessings, I have felt the Spirit directing me to go to the temple and listen more closely to each word of the blessings pronounced upon me. I testify that as I have listened more intently and tried to exercise my faith, the Lord has been merciful to me and has helped make my burdens light. He has helped me to feel great peace about prayers that have not yet been answered. We bind the Lord to keep His promises when we keep our covenants and exercise our faith. - Linda S. Reeves, “Claim the Blessings of Your Covenants,” November 2013
As I think of temples, my thoughts turn to the many blessings we receive therein. As we enter through the doors of the temple, we leave behind us the distractions and confusion of the world. Inside this sacred sanctuary, we find beauty and order. There is rest for our souls and a respite from the cares of our lives. - Thomas S. Monson, “Blessings of the Temple,” Ensign (CR) April 2015
The temple is a marvelous environment to seek personal revelation. When we attend as often as we can and listen thoughtfully, pondering the glorious promises and expectations pertaining to eternity, we depart with heightened understanding of our Heavenly Father's plan for us. The Holy Ghost extends our vision and allows that eternal perspective to influence the decisions we make in our daily lives. - Keith K. Hilbig, "Quench Not the Spirit Which Quickens the Inner Man,” Ensign (CR) October 2007
Each temple is symbolic of our faith in God and an evidence of our faith in life after death. The temple is the object of every activity, every lesson, every progressive step in the Church. All of our efforts in proclaiming the gospel, perfecting the Saints, and redeeming the dead lead to the holy temple. President Hinckley declared that “these unique and wonderful buildings, and the ordinances administered therein, represent the ultimate in our worship. These ordinances become the most profound expressions of our theology.” Ordinances of the temple are absolutely crucial. We cannot return to God’s glory without them. - Russell M. Nelson, “Prepare for the Blessings of the Temple,” Ensign, March 2002
The Lord has prospered our people and provided the resources and prophetic guidance so we can be valiant in attending to our temple responsibilities for both the living and the dead. - Quentin L. Cook, "See Yourself in the Temple,” Ensign (CR) May 2016
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