How amazing is it that we have temples on the earth today? What amazes me is there isn’t just one temple for everyone to go to. Could you image that? It would be crazy! We are so blessed to have 157 operating temples, 13 temples under construction, and 12 temples that have been announced.I have been fortunate to grow up in Idaho Falls where there is a temple just 15 minutes from my home. Also, being in Rexburg for school I have been lucky to have a temple so close there as well. Temples are amazing and they bring peace into this crazy world.
There are many blessings that come from the temple and as we partake of those blessings we need to strive to live our lives in a way that is good. Kyle L. Pehrson says, “The diligent efforts of parents, sealed in the temple as an eternal family, who strive valiantly to keep their temple covenants, will one day be rewarded.” This is so encouraging. Life is crazy, trials and temptations come, but with willingness and work families can be blessed as those temple covenants are kept. We must remember that we all struggle and we will all go through some sort of trials in our lives. Some may keep us from the temple and others won’t. Each trial we go through helps us to grow and hopefully come closer to our Heavenly Father. We have been blessed to have the knowledge of the Atonement. As we make those mistakes and fall to weaknesses we need to turn to our Savior to make those wrongs right, especially if they are keeping us from the temple.
So what happens if we stray? Is there really hope? Can we make it to the temple? These are all good questions to ask. First, there is always hope even when it doesn’t seem like it. There will always be a glimmer of hope even in the darkest of days we just need to take time to see and recognize that light. As we see that hope and turn to our Savior for help then we can always make it to the temple. Later on Pehrson says, “A loving Heavenly Father will overrule evil and provide the way for repentance and a return to Him.” As we struggle and maybe even stray let’s remember we have a loving Heavenly Father that is there for us and will help us to return home.
President Faust said the following in a talk he gave in 2003:
“We remember that the prodigal son wasted his inheritance, and when it was all gone he came back to his father’s house. There he was welcomed back to his fathers’ house. There he was welcomed back into the family, but his inheritance was spent. Mercy will not rob justice, and the sealing power of faithful parents will only claim wayward children upon the condition of their repentance and Christ’s Atonement. Repentant wayward children will enjoy salvation and all the blessings that go with it, but exaltation is much more. It must be fully earned.”
We can’t rely on the worthiness and righteousness of our parents to gain the blessings of salvation and exaltation. However, recognizing their righteousness can help us to have a change of heart if we are struggling. The Atonement is essential for us when we struggle and want to make it to the temple.
As we struggle it may feel that we can never come back from what we have done. This is Satan’s grasp on us and his influence will never be up lifting. We need to triumph over Satan even when it seems impossible. In order to do this we need to have faith in the promptings of the Holy Ghost and the words that are spoken and taught by our prophets today. Pehrson says,
“Regardless of the nature of the trials we faced in mortality, there is no greater comfort than the knowledge that the Savior’s Atonement is for all humankind who will accept Him.”
No trial is too bad for the Atonement to work. Our Savior has already suffered for our sins so why not use the Atonement? It will bring peace and comfort into our lives. However, depending on the trial or sin the repentance process can be long, and even painful at times. This is necessary for us to fully repent and understand the healing power of our Savior’s Atonement.
I know that the temple is a place of refuge. It is also a place for great blessings to come to each of us. We must not get discouraged if we can’t get to the temple for one reason or another. Instead we need to get to work and turn to the Savior and His Atonement. I believe that everyone who wants to make it to the temple can. If you desire to go through the temple make goals, do what you need to be worthy to enter, and then continue to live your life in a way that you can always attend the temple. Those of you struggling with something that may be keeping you from the temple do not lose hope! Look for the light in the darkness and make your way toward it. Making it to the temple is something we should all strive for because I know the blessings of the temple are eternal and that is just amazing to think about.