Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sacred Temple Service

“I want to commend those of our people who give so willingly of their time in attending to the sacred work within the temples of the Lord. In temple work is found the very essence of selfless service. In my judgment, one of the miracles of our day is the great consecration of time and effort on the part of hundreds of thousands of busy people in behalf of the dead. Those who are engaged in this service know that out of it all comes a sweet and satisfying feeling. This sweet blessing of the Spirit becomes literally a medicine to cure many of the ailments of our lives. From such experiences we come to realize that only when we serve others do we truly serve the Lord.” Gordon B. Hinckley

I am off for a fun day at the Los Angeles Temple with a group of Young Single Adults to perform baptisms for the dead. These Young Adults amaze me because of the dedication and love they have for Temple service. Contrasting the media attention that has been given of late, they understand the sacred acts of service that are being rendered within the walls of the Temple and choose to be there and feel of the peace that is offered. I guess I am just pondering the irony of the whole situation today and feel blessed to be able to understand the sacredness that the House of the Lord holds, and blessed to associate with those who understand it as well.

I couldn’t spend my time in any better way today, with any better group of people.

Oh yeah, and the icing on the cake is the fact that because of the New Family Search program I can take names of my own family that have passed away, that I have cleared on-line from my own home, and have saving ordinances preformed for them today. Such is the miracle of modern technology. The work moves forward despite opposition and persecution!


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Something Marvellous said...

That is fabulous. Temples are such blessings. Have a great time.

Karies place said...

I couldn't agree more. Our ward went to day, but due to a tummy bug our family had to stay home. Guess we'll have to wait till next time. :)