Going to the Temple

Reading: “Temple Worship: The Source of Strength and Power in Times of Need,” Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, April 2009 General Conference, Saturday Afternoon Session

Making time to attend the temple can be a challenge.  Recently my husband and I moved from being in the same city as a temple to being in a city that took an hour travel time each way.  Ironically, however, this distance helped us to get more serious about our temple attendance.  For us the biggest difference was that a temple trip took much more planning, and so once it was planned you would go through with it no matter what.  With a temple in the same city it was too easy to put off a planned trip because some little thing came up, and keep putting it off until it was longer than we liked.

Elder Scott also talked about this phenomenon in the talk I read today.  He said,

I have seen that many times individuals have made great sacrifices to go to a distant temple. But when a temple is built close by, within a short time, many do not visit it regularly. I have a suggestion: When a temple is conveniently nearby, small things may interrupt your plans to go to the temple. Set specific goals, considering your circumstances, of when you can and will participate in temple ordinances. Then do not allow anything to interfere with that plan. This pattern will guarantee that those who live in the shadow of a temple will be as blessed as are those who plan far ahead and make a long trip to the temple.

Another thing I have noticed is that sacrifice in temple attendance also helps engender greater respect for the temple.  As a youth in California a temple trip was a big ordeal.  The temple was three hours away, so we usually would leave very early in the morning on a Saturday to do some baptisms and then do some other activity as a group in the area of the temple before coming home that evening.  Because temple trips were a big deal we learned to be extremely respectful as we attended the temple.  Later when I had the opportunity to attend the temple with a group of youth in the same city as a temple, for whom a temple trip was just another midweek activity, I was shocked at the amount of talking, laughing, and silliness that went on inside the temple.  It made me grateful for the sacrifices we made and the lesson it taught me about the sacredness of the temple.

Having a temple far away forces you to sacrifice to visit, but regular attendance at a close temple also can be a sacrifice as you strive to make attendance a higher priority than other seemingly important things.  I have often repeated the phrase that what sacrifice for you love, and I have certainly found that to be true with temples.

Today I am going to get in touch with a babysitter to plan our next temple trip.

Do you have a temple attendance goal?  What keeps you from attending the temple as much as you would like? What has helped you reach your temple attendance goal?


1 comment so far

  1. Michaela Stephens on

    I was very glad that Elder Scott drew attention to the sacrifice fo going more often to the temple. I’ve known about this for quite some time. My husband and I pretty much set a specific day that we will go and then we keep to that. A few times we have been prevented by circumstances, but mostly we keep to our plans.

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