Misty picked me up at work and we went to the temple and performed sealings for our ancestors. It was a very spiritual night.
It was nice to be back in the temple. We haven’t been going very regularly up to just recently; but lately, we have taken advantage of several opportunities to attend the temple. Last month, we attended the temple because Misty had a photo shoot there, and we will have another opportunity next week for the same reason.
On this night, it was especially nice, because we were there with friends from our Ward. There were twelve us in attendance on this very special night; and I truly felt the Spirit as some members of my family were sealed together for time and all eternity. I wish we could get together more often as a Ward to attend the temple.
At the beginning of the session, the Sealer gave me a hard time about not working at the temple any more. All I could say was that I was glad to be there at that time, and it was true. I am very thankful for the opportunity to be in the House of the Lord. On a reconciliatory note, after the session, as we were about the leave, he did say that he was just teasing me. I told him that that was alright, because I felt loved.
Although, what really has stuck with me is that I didn’t say more, about my testimony of the importance of temple work, and why I don’t serve as an Ordinance Worker any more in the temple.
After eight years of service, at first when Misty and I were released as Ordinance Workers, and until very recently, our motivation was that we wanted our Saturdays back. Well, now, according to, and as I have an appreciation of, the Law of Consecration, I know that my Saturdays, and all of my time is the Lord’s. I have made a covenant with the Lord that I will use all of my resources for building the Lord’s kingdom.
Although, still, for me, serving every week in the temple is not how I believe that the Lord wants me to build His kingdom. Spending that time in the temple is not as effective in helping my family and friends, who are not LDS, to understand and have faith in the saving grace, which is the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sure, they will see my dedication; but in order for me to help them, I need to spend time with them.
I know that serving in temple regularly is extremely important, because it gives my ancestors the opportunity to receive the Lord’s blessings. I know that God is in charge, of this life, and the next. I know that He exists, and I know that He has laws and ordinances. One of those laws was declared by God’s Son, whose name is Jesus Christ, during His mortal ministry. He said that all must be baptized to enter the kingdom of God (John 3: 5). Therefore, if my kindred dead want to be in the kingdom of God, they must be baptized. That is why we perform baptisms for the dead in LDS Temples.
But that is not enough, because life is not about just existing in the kingdom of God. It’s about working together in the kingdom of God, and we work together best when we work together in organizations that the Lord has created; and the most important organization that the Lord has created is the family. That is the first thing that the Lord did after He created Adam and Eve. He married them, and they were sealed together for time and all eternity. That is the main purpose of the Lord’s Church: to strengthen the family, and that is what we do in the temple.
It is evident that the keys to the sealing power were lost for a time, because they were restored on April 3, 1836. At that time, Jesus came with Elijah and other prophets to Joseph Smith in the Kirtland Temple:
“After this vision had closed, another great and glorious vision burst upon us; for Elijah the prophet, who was taken to heaven without tasting death, stood before us, and said:
Behold, the time has fully come, which was spoken of by the mouth of Malachi – testifying that he (Elijah) should be sent, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord come –
To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse –
Therefore, the keys of this dispensation are committed into your hands; and by this ye may know that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at the doors.” (D&C 110: 13-16)
This ‘turning the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers’ happens when we do genealogy work, and as we realize that we can be eternally linked together as the family of God.
So, if the sealing power was restored, then it had to be lost at one time; and God’s power is only lost through transgression, when we withdraw from the Spirit of the Lord. Therefore, after Elijah left the earth, this power was lost, and it had to be restored; or else, as Malachi states, the whole earth would be cursed (Malachi 4: 6).
In conclusion, this work that we do in the temple is the most important work that we can do on this earth. It accomplishes the whole purpose of God’s Plan: to bring everyone back to Christ. I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in this great work.
This past Thursday, I did the work in the temple for some ancestors in all four branches of my family tree: those from Russia, from Hungary, from France, and from Scotland. Again, the Spirit was so very strong, uniting these individuals as an eternal family. The love of Christ was truly there, and I am sure that they will be eternally grateful that I have done what the Lord wants me to do.