Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Temple, Part III: House of Faith

"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

Temples are the great sign of the faith the Latter-day Saints hold. Faith is the reason we even build the Temples. We have faith in the Plan of our God, that He is able to do his own work. We have the faith that He wants every last person prepared to meet him with all the ordinances, and we have the faith we can do it.

Faith in the gospel and the ordinances of the Temple is what brought the early saints through bitter wind and snow. Faith in the Temple ordinances is what moves people to travel for days to go to the Temple. Faith in the Temple ordinances is what motivates people to become ordinance workers. It's what motivates men and women to make sacrifices to attend the Temple regularly, anywhere from finding child care for a couple hours to going individually for years to getting expensive travel so the entire family could go to the Temple a single time to be sealed together.

Every brick laid for a Temple is an act of faith. Every dollar donated to the Temple Construction Fund is an act of faith. Every name of an ancestor found and brought to the Temple is an act of faith. Every choice made with the Temple in mind was an act of faith. And each of these little acts of faith infuses with the Spirit of the Temple to make it a house of faith.