Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Church is True

I hope my title didn't scare anyone away- I'm not here to be preachy and in your face about my beliefs. But I think there is nothing wrong with sharing what makes you happy, and today I want to talk about something that makes me happier than I can adequately explain, although I will try.

Today I had the privilege of watching a broadcast of the Ogden Temple Re-Dedication. Whenever a new temple is built, or an old one renovated like the Ogden Temple, it needs to be dedicated before it is used. I had never been to a temple dedication before, so I was really excited about this one.

To attend, you had to have a current temple recommend. (Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints can receive temple recommends, also needed to enter any temple, after completing an interview with their bishop and being worthy to hold one.) I thought that was pretty cool, that you needed a recommend to just watch the dedication. It really solidified how sacred of an event this was.

An LDS temple is a special building where sacred ordinances are performed. Because of its sacred nature, only worthy members are able to attend and perform these ordinances.

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There are a lot of things about the temple I don't understand. As you reach certain ages and make certain decisions in your life (like going on a mission or getting married) there are more things you are able to do in the temple. Since I am only 19 and have not gone on a mission or been married, I am limited as to what I am able to do in the temple. This isn't as bad thing at all- it is really incredible what I, a regular teenager, can do in this beautiful place. But most of the temple is honestly a mystery to me.

The thing is, as excited as I am to eventually go through other parts of the temple, I am perfectly fine with waiting. More than fine, in fact. I know with all my heart that the church is true, so the feelings I have about other parts of the temple are not doubts or fear, rather they are anticipation and excitement. I felt the Spirit so strongly at the temple dedication today, and it just re-affirmed my testimony that the temple is the Lord's house. The men and women who spoke were so filled with light, and the two apostles we were able to hear from, Henry B. Eyring and Jeffrey R. Holland, truly are called of God.

I know the church is true. I know it with a burning passion and a sincere confidence and an absolute assurance. Being the imperfect being I am, I do have doubts sometimes. But if I sincerely pray and ask for help and answers, I receive them. I know that Heavenly Father cares about each and every one of us individually and perfectly. I love Him. I love Jesus Christ, and I know He died on the cross so that my sins could be forgiven. I know that I am not alone in this life, and I cannot express what a beautiful and comforting feeling that is. I love this church and this gospel, and I am so grateful I am blessed enough to have it.

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