Serve the Lord inside His house

Salt Lake City, Utah Temple

I’m a terrible blogger.

I know.

*insert cookie cutter apology for not blogging in a long time.*

Oh boy I feel like I’m living life at a dead sprint… Which I realize is kind of an oxymoron, but still an accurate description.

I’m currently trapped in my room. My little sister is literally on a date right outside my room. Complete with fancy attire and sparkling apple cider. When she was telling my mom her date plans I just looked at them and said “I’ll be in my bedroom making no noise and pretending I don’t exist.” In the most awkward Harry Potter voice possible.

I must say that I’m living up to it right now. I’m completely content to sit here in my pajamas. So here I am in my room listening in to my sister and her date whilst writing this post… They are currently freaking out over the fact that their pie is ready to eat… in case you were wondering.

Like I said above, my life is a whirlwind, but isn’t it like that for everybody?

Wasn’t it like that for the Savior?

I was sitting in a seminary class the other day when I came across a verse in the Doctrine And Covenants.

Back in May of 1833 The Lord had commanded the saints to build a temple. He gave the saints specific dimensions that the temple should be built to, and he also gave them instruction about how it should be dedicated and should remain pure.

Later in August of the same year the Lord continues his instruction on the building of the temple. In D&C Section 97 verse 10, the Lord states that;

“Verily I say unto you, that it is my will that 
my house should be built unto me in the land of Zion, 
like unto the pattern which I have given you.”

That last line really stuck out to me. Obviously it is in reference to the pattern after which they should build the temple, but could it also be a reference to Christ and his mortal ministry?

The main reasons for Christ’s descent into mortality were to #1 Atone for our sins and afflictions so that we might be able to return to live with our Father in Heaven again, and #2 to set an example, or a pattern after which we should follow so that we can know how to return to live with God again.

While Christ lived a perfect life free of sin, his life never was “perfect.”

His life was a whirlwind.

During his mortal ministry he was abused and tormented, he was tempted, yet never gave into temptation, his followers doubted him, and he was betrayed by his closest friends. And ultimately, in his final days, he atoned for the sins and afflictions of all mankind, his innocent blood was spilled and he was unjustly killed by those whom should have loved him.

Luke 22:44 gives us a glimpse into the pain he felt…

“And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: 
and he sweat as it were great drops of blood 
falling down to the ground.”

Yet even with these great whirlwinds in his life, he still was able to remain the perfect example.
One of my favorite examples that he set for me was his love for the temple.
Palmyra, New York temple

We read at the end of Luke chapter 2 that as a twelve year old boy Christ went to Jerusalem with his family, and when his family returned, he stayed behind and his parents knew not where. When his parents returned to Jerusalem to look for him they found him in the temple teaching. What I love about this story was that Jesus was not compelled to go to they temple by anyone else.

He did not wait for his young mens leaders to organize a youth temple trip.
Nobody told him to go. Nobody was even encouraging him to go, but still he knew that he should be doing His fathers work in His father’s house.
When his mother inquired as to why he was in the temple he said;
“wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”
As youth living in the latter days with almost unlimited access to the temple, we should be following Christ’s example by attending more often.
Ogden, Utah temple

You need no other reason to attend other than the fact that you want to follow Christ’s example, and that you want to serve your Lord. Just because you are young doesn’t mean you need to wait until others tell you to attend the temple.

You don’t need to wait until your young men or young women leaders organize ward temple days.

You don’t need to wait until your parents ask you if you want to go do baptisms for the dead. You can organize it yourself. Just like in Christ’s story, your parents will be bewildered by your willingness to serve God. And you will be blessed beyond measure.

I recognize that for some parts of the world where the temple is not in close proximity it might be hard to attend on a regular basis, but I do encourage you to attend as often as possible. For those of us who do live near temples, we can do better. There are youth that arrive at the Bountiful temple every Tuesday at 4:30 in the morning to assist in the Lord’s work. Surely these youth are following the example set by the Savior.

Bountiful, Utah temple

I know that as we attend the temple we will be blessed. I know that we can all do a better job at serving our Lord inside His house, and I know that as we work towards this goal the Lord will smile down upon us and grant us blessings that we would never have received otherwise. I have such a deep love for the temple and the Lord’s work.

I encourage everyone to attend the temple more now than you have in the past. If you aren’t ready to attend the temple, I encourage you to work harder to become ready. The temple brings blessings, and the temple brings us closer to the Lord.

Likewise I promise to do a better job at attending the temple, even if that means waking up before the sun comes up, because this small sacrifice is insignificant in comparison to all that Christ has done for me, so ultimately I can do this little part to give back to him.

feel my sunlight

p.s. Since I’m on seminary council, I helped organize a Seminary morning side for my school a little while ago and it made the news paper! Read about it here!

2 thoughts on “Serve the Lord inside His house

  1. Sarah K. says:

    This is such a beautiful post, Whit, and it's just what I needed to hear. It is so easy to get caught in the never ending homework/chores/sleep-deprivation/netflix traps of life, but you're so right about the blessings of the temple far exceeding any sacrifices we might have to make to get there. Since Christ has done so much for me, surely I can brace traffic for 30 minutes and give back to Him. Mind = Blown. Soul = Inspired. Thank you!


    P.S. Congrats on your news feature! It sounds like that seminary event was totally amazing! I might need to come crash your seminary. . . you must teach me your fireside crashing ways. 😉


  2. WhitneySue says:

    Thank you so much! The temple really does bless lives in ways unimaginable. haha as far as fireside crashing I just hang out with some incredible people that get as excited about Mormon things like firesides as I do, so whenever they have a fireside I just make sure I get information about it and I show up. haha It's one of my many skills. )


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