Elder Bednar shares in more detail how all things in the church lead us to the temple.
taking upon ourselves the name of Jesus
- Christ that is commenced in the waters of baptism is continued and enlarged in the house of the Lord. As we stand in the waters of baptism, we look to the temple. As we partake of the sacrament, we look to the temple. We pledge to always remember the Savior and to keep His commandments as preparation to participate in the sacred ordinances of the temple and receive the highest blessings available through the name and by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, in the ordinances of the holy temple we more completely and fully take upon us the name of Jesus Christ.
As Elder and Sister Bednar hosted devotional speakers at BYUI, they had several opportunities to host former temple presidents. As they spoke to each of them, the general theme of their messages were the same. They came to summarize their these conversations in these words.
- “I have come to understand better the protection available through our temple covenants and what it means to make an acceptable offering of temple worship. There is a difference between churchattending, tithe-paying members who occasionally rush into the temple to go through a session and those members who faithfully and consistently worship in the temple.”
Even through we worship in the temple, that will not keep us from the challenges of this life. But we can find peace and comfort through the temple as our pioneer ancestors did.
- We do now and will yet face great challenges to the work of the Lord. But like the pioneers who found the place which God for them prepared, so we will fresh courage take, knowing our God will never us forsake (see “Come, Come, Ye Saints,” Hymns, no. 30). Today temples dot the earth as sacred places of ordinances and covenants, of edification, and of refuge from the storm.
Elder Bednar concludes with these words of encouragement for all of God's children, wherever they are in life.
- Within the sound of my voice are many young women, young men, and children. I plead with you to be worthy, to be steadfast, and to look forward with great anticipation to the day you will receive the ordinances and blessings of the temple.
- Within the sound of my voice are individuals who should have but have not yet received the ordinances of the house of the Lord. Whatever the reason, however long the delay, I invite you to begin making the spiritual preparations so you can receive the blessings available only in the holy temple. Please cast away the things in your life that stand in the way. Please seek after the things that are of eternal consequence.
- Within the sound of my voice are individuals who have received the ordinances of the temple and for various reasons have not returned to the house of the Lord in quite some time. Please repent, prepare, and do whatever needs to be done so you can again worship in the temple and more fully remember and honor your sacred covenants.
- Within the sound of my voice are many individuals who hold current temple recommends and strive worthily to use them. I commend you for your faithfulness and devotion.
Elder Bednar encourages us to find peace that the temple offers. Wherever our current place in life, we can find peace and happiness through finding what the temple offers us. All of the ordinances of the gospel lead us to making covenants with the Lord in the temple. As we find opportunities to become worshipers and not just casual attenders of the temple, we will come to understand the changes that the temple can bring into our lives. There is peace and safety given to us as we worship in the temple.