We know from a careful study of the scriptures that God prepares us in stages, in steps, line upon line, and precept upon precept, here a little there a little.
First he gave us the true gospel of Christ, which includes the basic principles of exaltation, of repentance and redemption, of prayer and faith, of hope and happiness. We received the scriptures which gave us the ability to study and increase our individual understanding of these things. Then was organized the church of Christ on the earth, where we could come and receive further instruction. We were given a prophet, for regular inspired (and timely) guidance.
But Heavenly Father knew that here on earth life would be fraught with trials, tribulations, and the troubles of the world. He knew that our minds would become inevitably bogged down in the mire of mortality.
He knew that for our eternal welfare, we needed something special. We needed a place where we could transcend the trials and tribulations of the world. A place that would more fully lift us out of the plane of our existence and provide us a complete and compelling view of our nature, and true condition before God. A place where we could receive further instruction and enlightenment, and a place where we could better behold the fullness of Gods plan.
So He gave us the temple.
The temple therefore becomes an instrument we can use to connect with God, his will and his plan, and communicate with him. It’s an environment where we can be immersed in His spirit and enveloped in His light.
As Mormons, we too often take for granted, one of the most precious gifts we’ve been given. Let us appreciate the temple, and let it play a more active role in our lives.
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