Friday, July 21, 2017

The Temple, Part IV: House of Learning

"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

L. Lionel Kendrick of the Seventy taught, "If we enter the temple seeking added light and knowledge, we can learn and understand something new during the temple experience."

This does not mean that we will find some grand, marvelous truth every single time we go to the Temple; rather it means we will learn something: something about our God, something about ourselves, or something about the world around us.

This is not to say that you are guaranteed to learn something if you go to the Temple, simply because you enter the building. You learn because you are actively seeking to be taught. Of course the great and grand revelations often come in Temples, but so do the tiny ones: the ones where nobody would notice, except the most spiritually attuned individuals.

Merely being worthy to enter the House of the Lord is not all the requirements needed for this. We need to be actively seeking further light and knowledge from on high. If we are not seeking this light and truth, our progression becomes halted.

One lesson I've learned from the Temple is until we reach the Celestial World, we will constantly be learning. We will see things in new light, we will see other things for the first time. The Temple is a great place to learn, but it is also a great place to learn what to learn. It is also a great place to learn how to learn.

Imagine if every day we studied the scriptures with the same level of analysis that some seek to understand the Temple ordinances. What would we learn? Imagine if the same spiritual energy accompanied our nightly prayers as the prayers in the Temple contain. What would we learn in those prayers?

The Temple teaches us how to live Celestial Life and how to learn. It becomes our responsibility to learn both inside and outside the Temple in the same manner. In the same way a university teaches some knowledge and some skills, but mostly teaches how to learn, the Temple teaches some knowledge and some skills and teaches us how to learn. The ordinances are still important. The covenants are still necessary. But in being a House of Learning, the Lord teaches us how to learn in the Temple, and we are to apply that everywhere. If we do this, the results will be wonderful.