Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Temple, Part II: House of Fasting

"Establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;" -Doctrine & Covenants 88:119

 How is the Temple a house of fasting? I mean, the obvious answer is many people go to the Temple while fasting, but that's not a ton of people. There are plenty of people who go to the Temple on full stomachs. So, what does it mean?

On my mission, I came across a scripture that I fell in love with in the Doctrine & Covenants: "Verily, this is fasting and prayer, or in other words, rejoicing and prayer." Fasting is a sign of our joy in receiving the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And so is the Temple.

The Temple is not a place we go flippantly. Rarely does anyone "get in the routine" of going to the Temple. It's not a "requirement" to attend after you've received your own ordinances. Every time a person goes to the Temple, it is as much a sacrifice as fasting. From the mundane rearranging schedules to go and possibly wearing nicer clothes than usual to work one day, to the daily acts of controlling the natural man from taking over so we can remain worthy, the sacrifice makes it sacred to us.

Each of us has a decision to make. How do we make the Temple a House of Fasting? Perhaps some days we could go without food or drink when we go to attend the Lord's House. Other times, we may take a break from social media for the day until we've attended. Perhaps we have a specific thing we do every day that we don't need to do that we could skip (like reading the news, practicing an instrument, or listening to music).

To make the Temple a House of Fasting is really to make sacrifices to make the Temple a more meaningful and holy experience for us as we go. What are you willing to sacrifice for the House of the Lord? Make the sacrifice, it will make the experience more sacred.