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My Quiet Belief

Last night I went in to renew my Temple Recommend.  What a wonderful blessing!  I was filled with the spirit of God and felt that quiet peace that comes when we think of our Heavenly Father, His Son, Jesus Christ, and our relationship with them.

It is moments like this that give me strength, and that help me want to turn to my Father in Heaven, for help through my trials and to share in the joys of my life.

How thankful I am to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and to have the many blessings associated with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  🙂

Come to the Ft. Collins Temple Open House!!

Fort Collins Colorado Temple  The Fort Collins Colorado temple is now having an open house, from August 19, 2016 through September 10, 2016!

The invitation is open to everyone!  Reserve your free tickets today at https://templeopenhouse.lds.org.

These open houses are done so that anyone who would like to may enter the House of the Lord of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Be aware of the things you feel, not only when you tour an open house, or even as you enter the temple grounds of any of the over 150 temples that dot the land throughout the entire world, but also as you view pictures or contemplate messages of and about these wondrous and sacred edifices.

Come and enjoy the presence of the Lord.  Find answers to your prayers.  Let joy and comfort bless your very soul.  🙂

Temple Open House Open to Everyone!

Fort Collins Colorado Temple rendering  I was talking with a friend recently about a temple being built in her area and asked if she seen it being built?  She said yes, it looks like it will be a very beautiful building.  She had wondered whether during the Open House anyone would be able to go in and see it, not just members of the Church?

Naturally I was happy to let her know that yes, everyone is invited to see the temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during an Open House.  That’s why we have Open Houses!

We want all to see the beauty of these sacred buildings, to know why we have them, what goes on inside them, how important they are to families as well as to our own existence, and to experience firsthand the peaceful, special feelings that come when you enter within these hallowed walls (or even when you simply walk onto the grounds around the Temples).

I remember when I was growing up and there were about a dozen temples worldwide.  We learned that one day temples would dot the earth!  It seemed so incredible to believe that it would ever be like that, afterall it took years to build just one temple.  But I have lived to see that prophecy come true.

Today there are 171 working temples throughout the world.  Each is a sacred place that allows you, even if you can’t go inside, to feel God’s presence as you stand and gaze upon it.  They are one of Heavenly Father’s choicest blessings given to His children on the earth today to help them feel His presence and for a brief moment, almost gaze into the very face of God.

Yes, please come and see what there is to see!  🙂

25 Days of Christ – Day 6

“For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” Moses 1:39.

As wonderful as living with Heavenly Father for eternity is, there is one more gift He planned for us.  And that is to live there together with our families!

The gift of being resurrected – having our spirit and body reunited, never to be separated again – is a free gift bestowed automatically on everyone, the wicked as well as the righteous, because Christ died and was resurrected.

But the gift of eternal life – living forever in the presence of God – is conditional, made possible through Christ’s atonement when He suffered for all our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane.  We accept this gift as we repent of our sins and change our lives to become more Christ-like in our thoughts, words, and actions.

The gift of living forever with Heavenly Father together with our families is the most beautiful gift He offers.  It is the crowning pinnacle of Heavenly Father’s plan, His Plan of Happiness!  But it is also conditional.  Certain principles and ordinances are required.  They include baptism, confirmation, ordination to the Melchizedek Priesthood (for men), the temple endowment, and the marriage sealing. With each of these ordinances, we enter into solemn covenants with the Lord.

 We are sealed together forever as families by someone who has the priesthood of God, the power and authority to act in God’s name.  Christ organized His church and bestowed His priesthood on His apostles when He was alive on the earth.  He restored His church and again bestowed His authority in these latter days upon His prophet, Joseph Smith.

Today the sealing power of the priesthood that binds families together forever is found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  This sacred ordinance, or ceremony, is performed in the temple, the House of the Lord.

Because all who have lived on the earth have not had the opportunity to be baptized, or sealed, by proper authority during life on earth, baptisms may be performed by proxy, meaning a living person may be baptized in behalf of a deceased person. Baptisms for the dead are performed by Church members in temples throughout the world. They act as a proxy for the deceased.  In the temples all the necessary ordinances are performed, by proxy, for those who have died without receiving them.

It is a glorious and beautiful plan that was designed long before the world was even created!  God loves every one of His children and desires all to return to Him.  Christ prepared the way so that all who desire to do so and are willing to follow His commandments, receiving the necessary ordinances in person or by proxy, will be partakers in the entire Plan of Happiness!

An Enriching Hour

We just spent a wonderful hour in, or I should say, at (or maybe on) YouTube.  There is some marvelous stuff there!

We heard about a special upload that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently put on YouTube, and thought we’d check it out.  But, how to find it?

Beloved hubby suggested putting “LDS Church” into the search box, which we did.  The third result was the one we’d heard about and so we watched it.  It was done so beautifully and movingly.  When it ended a pleasant sight greeted my eyes!

Every suggestion of what to watch next was from the Church, and there was some great stuff to choose from!  We selected one about all worthy male members being able to have the priesthood, then a video about missionaries, another about the daily life of missionaries in the Mission Training Center, one or two more, then one about the temples of the Church.

What a beautiful video that one was!  It explained how the temples are different than our regular meetinghouses, explained why only those who are devote members are allowed to enter, why we go there (though before they are dedicated all people are allowed to go through and see them), and showed the great beauty of these buildings both inside and out!

It left me feeling in awe and grateful, even though I’ve been in the temple hundreds (at least) of times.  Of course, that is exactly why I love going to the temple!

It was an absolutely wonderful hour.  Even now I am still basking in the warm glow and soft, reverent emotions evoked by this very special hour.  I also feel closer to Beloved hubby having watched the pictures of brides and grooms being married in the beautiful, sacred temples all over the world and remembering my own marriage in the Salt Lake Temple many 🙂 years ago.

What a great way to spend an hour!  🙂