Friday, July 21, 2017

President Gordon B. Hinckley on confronting life's challenges with temple peace

President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910-2008) was called to the Quorum of Twelve in 1961. He served as a counselor in the First Presidency from 1981-1995, then as Church President until his death in 2008.
"Take advantage of the blessings of the house of the Lord. What a privilege. Every man or woman who goes to the temple comes out of that building a better man or woman than he or she was when entering into it. That’s something that’s remarkable that happens with all of us.
"Is life filled with cares for you? Do you have problems and concerns and worries? Do you want for peace in your heart and an opportunity to commune with the Lord and meditate upon His way? Go to the house of the Lord and there feel of His spirit and commune with Him and you will know a peace that you will find nowhere else. Take advantage of it. What a great and wonderful blessing it is."
- Gordon B. Hinckley, Wandsworth, England stake conference, 27 Aug. 1995; see Ensign, Apr. 1996, p. 72

President Hinckley describes several blessings of temple worship in this excerpt. The first is self-improvement: we come out from the temple "a better man or woman" for the experience.
The second benefit is perhaps far more valuable. As we deal with the cares and challenges of our lives, we are promised a peace through temple attendance that we won't find in any other way:

More specifically, President Hinckley identifies blessings of the temple that include the chance to commune with God, to meditate on His plan for us, to feel His spirit, and to know deep peace. It's no wonder he encourages us to take advantage of the great and wonderful blessing of temples!

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2017)

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