I went to an open house for the newly constructed Temple in Draper, Utah last night. When my roommate called to see if I wanted to go, I almost said no. I was sort of grumpy, I had just stepped in a puddle, my swimming class had been a bit pointless, & she was planning on leaving in fifteen minutes. I was currently 10 minutes from home, slightly wet, & smelling of chlorine. But I decided to get over myself & go. I am so incredibly grateful that I did.
A Temple open house is a chance for everyone to go to a newly built temple and see what it's really like before it is dedicated for worship services. Temples are beautiful, peaceful, holy pieces of heaven on earth. As soon as we were within sight of the temple, all my grouchiness melted away. During our tour of this incredible building, I felt a spirit of peace and happiness.
Temples are perhaps the most important element of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka Mormon Church). In temples we are taught important principles of the Gospel, we are given commandments that help us return to live with our Heavenly Father again, and, most importantly, we are sealed to our families for time & all eternity. In a temple marriage, there is no "'til death do you part." We believe that by being sealed to your husband or wife in the temple, you are sealed together forever by a bond that even death cannot break.
I am not a great teacher. I am not a great speaker. But I do have great faith. Because of the beautiful comforting spirit I have felt in the temples I have attended, I have no doubt that my family will be together forever. I know that that blessing is available to every person on this earth who is willing to live the commandments given by God. I don't know all the answers, but I will share what I know.
For a great article about why we have temples, click HERE.
Click here for more general information about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or LDS Temples.
Also - yes, I am aware that sometimes my music choices to go w/ my blogs are a bit cheesy. But these are two of my favorite forever songs. :D & I like cheese.