I love to see the temple, I’m going there someday

by Rusty Lindquist on January 25, 2011 · 0 comments

We just recently had a Stake Conference.  For Mormon’s, stake conference is when the whole area gets together for one large-scale meeting where we often hear from a general authority and the stake presidency.  During this conference one of the counselors in our stake presidency (President Green), made a comment that really resonated with me.

He stood up and said “I love to see the temple, I’m going there someday”, quoting the words to one of the popular Mormon Primary songs.

But, he added, why is it always “someday”?  Why isn’t it “I love to see the temple, I’m going there today”… or tomorrow, or next month, or something specific?

The problem is that we too often procrastinate things in our life that are important.  Going to the temple is only one example, but it could just as easily be seeing the bishop, repenting, forsaking that favorite sin, apologizing to someone, forgiving someone, serving someone, etc.

There are all kinds of things in our lives that press for our attention, and we tend to focus the most on those things that are most urgent, not necessarily most important.  Because of this, we end up convincing ourselves that we’ll do it “someday”.

How about today?  If not today, then set a date.  Make it real.  Get it done.  You’ll be happier once you do.

Life is often about momentum, and momentum is nothing more than the accumulated effect of lots of little steps.  So take a little step, set a date, and do it.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, in “The builders” presents this case well.  He also readdresses it in his poem “A Psalm of Life” when he says”

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each tomorrow
Find us farther than today.

Rusty

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1 Rusty Lindquist April 21, 2008 at 9:42 PM

I appreciated so much a comment made by Margaret over on “A Psalm of Life”, I wanted to include it here, along with my response.

She said:

I enjoy reading your blog very much Rusty. Thank you for all of the good things you put on it. It is so hard for my husband and I to go to the temple. 2 are 3-4 hours away, and somehow we can’t seem to get there. I have something new to think about now… thanks. “I love to see the Temple, we’re going there on Wednesday!” The poem you shared is one of my very favorites. It has such great meaning behind it. Thanks Rusty.

My reply to her was:

You’re so welcome, and good for you! A 2-3 hour drive does indeed make going to the Temple a challenge. I appreciate your humility and willingness to make the sacrifice – you’re a living example of this very principle.

I truly believe that the richness of our experiences are directly proportional to the sacrifice they demand of us. I pray that you will find that to be the case ON WEDNESDAY!!!

It’s wonderful to surround ourselves by people so willing to sacrifice for what is important.

Rusty

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2 Mormon Soprano April 22, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Another wonderful post, Rusty.

I am afraid to even admit that I live just minutes away from a temple. I am so blessed. I have access to many more within a 2-3 hour drive. So one would think that I attend on a regular basis. What’s my excuse when I do not? A line from your post sums it very well:

“we tend to focus the most on those things that are most urgent, not necessarily most important”

Life is very difficult because there are so many URGENT things (and many are very GOOD things) competing for our time. We need gentle reminders, like you have provided here, to stop and reassess our priorities.
“I love to see the temple, I’m going there Friday!”

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3 Rusty Lindquist April 22, 2008 at 12:00 PM

LOL, I love it! Good for you. You said it well. It’s the law of scarcity. We tend to undervalue those things that are in great abundance – like proximity to the houses of the Lord.

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