Good morning brothers and sisters,
I would like to share a message about the temple. I've been going to the temple almost 2 years. It made me want to serve as a temple ordinance worker. During an interview to renew my recommend President Richardson said he was getting a strong feeling that I should work at the temple. I got so excited because I had wanted to work at the temple for a long time. Within 2 weeks I was set apart to serve as an ordinance worker. Every Tuesday my grandma and I spend the day in the temple helping others do work for their family.
While I'm at the temple I feel the spirit more than any other place. When I leave the temple grandma takes a picture of me and I send it to my aunt who is not a member. She always asks me what happens at the temple that makes me so happy. I feel happiest at the temple.
I enjoy helping the sisters who come to the temple to do their family temple work. I feel love for them. Everyone who works at the temple is very humble and nice to me. They are helpful and encouraging. Now I have lots of new friends. I know the temple really is the house of the Lord. Everything is so peaceful and loving.
Before I started work at the temple I received a blessing and was set apart. The blessing promised me I would grow in many ways. And that I would be able to do all that is needed to serve in the temple. That has already happened.
Recently in a conference talk Elder De Hoyos said, "Since the early days of the church faithful saints have made many sacrifices to receive temple ordinances. We are lucky to have a temple close by. When I take a name to the temple, I like to learn about the ancestor whose work I am doing. My grandma tells me something about that person. I always choose the name of the person who has been waiting the longest for their ordinance.
Elder Dale G Renlund said, " When God directs us to do anything He often has many purposes in mind. Family history work is to only for the dead but blesses the living. When we go to the temple on behalf of our ancestors, God fulfills promised blessings on both sides of the veil. He said, "if you have prayed for certain blessings, when you attend the temple your prayers will be answered.
President Russell M Nelson has explained that when we do work at the temple we are helping Heavenly Father with his plan to unite families forever. Elder De Hoyos reminds us that temple attendance allows us to feel joy that comes from extending the ordinances of the gospel so ancestors can become families forever.
President Nelson taught us that many blessings, including healing blessings can come to our families as we participate in the temple. My aunt had a major surgery a couple of months ago. Afterwards the doctor said she had never seen someone heal so fast.
President Nelson also said that the temple lies at the center of strengthening our faith and spiritual fortitude because the Savior is in the very heart of the temple. The ordinances ties us to the Savior through covenants. He endows us with his healing, strengthening power. Heavenly Father wants you to have spiritual insights and awakenings you have never had before.
Following are some of the blessings President Nelson promised
You will be strengthened and guided in your decisions.
God will teach you. You will learn how to receive direction from heaven.
Spiritual doors will open You will learn how to part the veil between heaven and earth.
You will learn how to ask for God's angels to attend you.
It is my testimony that the happiness and blessings will increase and you will fell joy when you serve in the temple. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.