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preston-temple

This is the Preston Temple and is approximately an hours drive from my home. I have been here many times.

Throughout all time, God as requested that his children build temples of worship unto him. For the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, his request remains the same. Although, most members, unless they are constructions workers, will not physically help construct a temple, we are encouraged to attend regularly.

In the past there as been many misconceptions about the Latter-Day Saints temples and what happens inside of them. The church holds the rights and covenants that are carried out in the temple as sacred and not as the world often thinks – secret. All church members need to be worthy of and hold a current temple recommend to be able to enter any of the temples around the world. Our worthiness is between and the Lord,  Lord’s servants, in this case the local Bishopric and the individual member. Every two years members who already hold a recommend are invited to an interview with a member of the Bishopric and then with a member of the Stake Presidency, where they are asked specific questions to determine their worthiness; the last question being ‘do you feel you are worthy to hold a temple recommend?’ Within the interviews the members are encouraged to share their testimony of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and of the church; it is not just a ‘yes/no’ process. Even members of the Bishopric and the Stake Presidency need to go through the same process.

Within the temple, members are encouraged to lay aside the things of the world and to help them do this, they dress in white. Although many members, including myself, have their own white clothing, it can also be hired for the day for the cost of laundering. The items hired, once used are then left at the temple for laundering and reuse.

There is a sense of peace and reverence within the temple and to help maintain this feelings, those who enter are encouraged to not talk and if they must talk then it should be done in whispers.

Within the temple, work is carried out for both the living and the dead. Heavenly Father provided a way for all those who died without knowing Jesus Christ and being baptized to be baptized by proxy. For instance, i have stood proxy for several of my deceased ancestors. Within the temples family members are sealed together for all eternity, never to be separated again. Even, if a member of our family die to the mortal, we are assured that one day we will see them again.

This will tell you more  – https://www.lds.org/church/temples?lang=eng

and this video that the church released recently –

I have found much joy and peace whilst serving in the temple. I have had the experience of feeling my deceased loved ones, next to me as i have conducted the work on their behalf. It is many years since i first went to the temple, but i can still remember how it made me feel – it felt as if i had gone – and although, there was and is much for me to learn whilst in the temple, that feeling as never left me.

 

 

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