Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The Importance of Temple Work, by Peter

 Peter gave a youth talk in sacrament meeting this last Sunday. Here are the notes he used to give his talk:

The Importance of Temple Work

(Introduction) I have been asked to give a talk on the importance of temple work. Obviously, temples are closed right now, but that doesn't mean we can't prepare for them to open again. So why are temples important? In the April 2020 general conference, Elder David A Bednar explained. "We do not build or enter holy temples solely to have a memorable individual or family experience. Rather the covenants received and the ordinances performed in temples are essential to the sanctifying of our hearts and for the ultimate exaltation of God's sons and daughters." This means that the things we do in the temple are important for us and the people we do the ordinances for. When we do baptisms for the dead, we give these people an opportunity they didn't have when they were alive. While temples are temporarily closed, we can still prepare for them to reopen. One thing we can do is family history. With family history, we can find our ancestors and relatives who need these ordinances done. Then, once temples re-open, we can take these names to let them receive the ordinances they need. Another thing we can do is have a temple recommend. As Elder Rasband explained in his talk in this recent general conference, our temple recommend isn't just something that allows us to enter the house of the Lord, but it is also a badge of obedience that shows we are willing to serve God. (bear testimony)

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