Monday, July 24, 2017

The Temple, Part V: House of Glory

"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

When we speak of glory in a non-religious way, it generally relates in some way to patriotism, the military, or ancient civilizations with great military prowess. "Old Glory" is the name of the American Flag. People may picture a screeching bald eagle flying past the flag in an early morning with the brave servicemen surrounding it on the ground. And great respect is afforded to them.

The Temple, while the world would not see it as such, is in a similar situation. In the dedicatory prayer of the Kirtland Temple, the Prophet Joseph Smith prayed, "And we ask thee, Holy Father, that thy servants may go forth from this house armed with thy power, and that thy name may be upon them, and thy glory be round about them, and thine angels have charge over them". As the military goes through basic training and specialized training to get the image of their glory, so we too must go through the basic training (to get to the Temple) and the specialized training (in the Temple) to become fully armed with the Lord's power.

The Temple is also becomes a house of glory because it is the literal abode of Deity. Placed above the doorway of each Temple, we read:

One of the Lord's attributes is that of His glory. It is mentioned in almost every account of His post-mortal ministry. If it is truly His house and a place where He has "place to lay his head", His glory will be upon that place.

As His saints, we should remember that it is His House of Glory, and we are invited guests therein. If we go in the right mindset, we will feel of the glory and it will come upon us and we will be able to go forth, armed with the power of the Lamb of God to fight our daily battles. Clothed in the armor of God, with His glory, humble, willing servants of God can go forth in power and might to perform mighty miracles if we live up to the privilege of glory afforded in the Temple.