BYU Devotional – Making Temple Worship a Pattern in Your Life – Ronald A. Rasband (a member of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when this devotional address was given on 10 February 2009)

I just listened to this talk.

Excerpts:

The First Presidency has issued an invitation to all the members of the Church, which certainly applies to you and me:

Where time and circumstances permit, members are encouraged to replace some leisure activities with temple service. . . .

“All of the ordinances which take place in the House of the Lord become expressions of our belief in that fundamental and basic doctrine of the immortality of the human soul. As we redouble our efforts and our faithfulness in going to the temple, the Lord will bless us.” [Letter from the First Presidency, 11 March 2003; in “Encouraging Temple Worthiness and Preparation,” Ensign, June 2003, 76, and in Ensign, March 2004, 45]

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President Gordon B. Hinckley [said]:

I would hope that we might go to the house of the Lord a little more frequently. . . .

. . . I encourage you to take greater advantage of this blessed privilege. It will refine your natures. It will peel off the selfish shell in which most of us live. It will literally bring a sanctifying element into our lives and make us better men and better women. [“Closing Remarks,” Ensign, November 2004, 104, 105]

If there were more temple work done in the Church, there would be less of selfishness, less of contention, less of demeaning others. The whole Church would increasingly be lifted to greater heights of spirituality, love for one another, and obedience to the commandments of God. [TGBH, 622]

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President James E. Faust [said]:

We unavoidably stand in so many unholy places and are subjected to so much that is vulgar, profane, and destructive of the Spirit of the Lord that I encourage our Saints all over the world, wherever possible, to strive to stand more often in holy places. Our most holy places are our sacred temples. Within them is a feeling of sacred comfort. [“Standing in Holy Places,” Ensign, May 2005, 62]

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President Thomas S. Monson [said]:

Come to the temple and place your burdens before the Lord and you’ll be filled with a new spirit and confidence in the future. Trust in the Lord, and if you do He’ll hold you and cradle you and lead you step by step along that pathway that leads to the celestial kingdom of God. [Quoted in Dell Van Orden, “San Diego Temple: 45th House of the Lord Dedicated in ‘Season for Temple Building,’” Church News, 8 May 1993, Z8]

Speeches.

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