Thursday, November 03, 2005

The Mormon Temple

As it says in my introduction, I am a "Mormon." This is a nickname given to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We preach that this is very same church started by Jesus Christ. He started His church in person when he lived on the earth; He restored His church in person when He visited modern day prophets. The church is called "latter-day" saints (members) as opposed to "former-day" saints because we are living in the latter days of this earth's current existence, before "The Millennium" starts. All the signs say this will be soon!

I am a temple worker within the church. We now have many temples built in many areas of the world. Each one of them relies upon voluntary temple workers who donate their time to helping with the activities of the temple. In each temple various rites are administered that prepare people to qualify for and to be prepared to pass by the heavenly sentinels and enter into the highest level of heaven, all conditioned upon each person's personal worthiness. Only church members in good standing are allowed to participate in these temple rites, called ordinances. Members must first establish their qualifications of worthiness by being interviewed by their their ecclestiacal leaders. Members must re-qualify periodically.

As temple workers, we are trained to assist in various areas of the temple where different types of service, ordinances, and covenants are performed. Our service can be as mundane as greeting people quietly and helping to establish a feeling of reverence and solemnity within the temple walls. We also assist with administering ritual washings and annointings, similar to what Aaron, the brother of Moses, received in connection with his priestly calling, and with an ordinance called the endowment, which is a gift of heavenly knowledge necessary to progress to one's full spiritual potential both while in this life and in the life that follows mortal death. We also perform sealings where husband and wife, parent and child are eternally connected as a family structure.

Last Tuesday my wife and I spent about 5 1/2 hours helping with various aspects of the temple ordinances. The feeling one receives when entering the temple is one of joy and serenity. Truly the cares of the world are left outside and the spirit of our Heavenly Father can be felt within. The time spent in temple service always goes by too fast - I wish I could spend more time there than I do. Sometimes my wife and I volunteer to assist on nights other than the one we are assigned to, just for the joy of being in such a hallowed place surrounded by so many spiritually minded people. I hope this is a taste of what eternal life may be like.

It has been said that the temple is the place where mortal man may draw closest to the heavenly presence than anywhere else. I belive that to be true. Peace and love!


Closing out for now,

Ryan

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