President Hinckley referred to “a season of war” in 2001 and after 11 years, we are still very much in that season. We live in a world ravaged by wildfires, earthquakes in diverse places, unexpected derechos and microbursts, tsunamis, and a struggling economy. At a time when many seek for peace, we have only to look towards the Lord and his House.
Walking into the Temple, you instantly feel the difference of the peace of the Lord versus the turmoil of the world. The longer you spend inside the Temple, the lighter your load becomes as that peace takes a hold of you.
In John 14:27, Christ promises us:
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Last year, President Monson reminded us,
“As we touch the temple and love the temple, our lives will reflect our faith. As we go to the holy house, as we remember the covenants we make therein, we will be able to bear every trial and overcome each temptation. The temple provides purpose for our lives. It brings peace to our souls—not the peace provided by men but the peace promised by the Son of God.”
I know that your life can seem hard. I’ve walked the road where hope and peace are unattainable. I’ve had nothing to cling to but faith. As I’ve let the Temple be my lighthouse, the Lord has blessed me with the revelation of his eternal perspective.
I am so thankful that we have a Temple so close. Welcome the chance to attend the House of the Lord and let it be a beacon of light for you.
Please, don’t make the mistake of thinking it is too far away from your reach. The Lord wants you there. If he could help one silly little child find a way to this Gospel, He’ll find a way for you.
How grateful I am for our inspired leaders in our congregation and area. Our Bishop has what can only be described as a Christ-like love for each and every one of us. I promise you, he’s more trustworthy than the GPS in your car if you find yourself in need of directions towards the Temple. If there’s a roadblock in your life, let the Bishop know. I’m pretty sure that if you work with him, he’ll be far more productive than the Department of Transportation in cleaning your personal roadway of debris and filling your spiritual potholes.
See Page 1: Perspective
See Page 2: Faith
See Page 3: Hope
See Page 4: Revelation
- Spires Down (ladyozma.info)
- LDS Talk: Christmas – An Address for Sacrament Service (ladyozma.info