Temple Prayers

Draper Utah temple lighted at night.
Draper Utah Temple, December 6, 2020

Last night, I felt inspired to drive up to the Draper Temple. I was happy to see a number of cars parked there, all facing the Lord’s brilliantly lit house. I didn’t speak to anyone but His presence quietly unified us. I sensed reverence, faith, and tender pleas for help and guidance all around me.

I felt the fire of God’s presence. An unusual prayer came fell from my lips. It was real and came from my heart. I know He listened to me. I know He was there with me. I felt at one with Him and at peace.

I’m having a very difficult life right now. An extremely blessed life, but difficult. When you have the gravel of the world ground into your face time and time again, you learn lessons. One lesson I’ve learned is that if I don’t have the pure faith of a child, I will not be welcomed into God’s presence, now or in the next life. If I am not in His presence, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, I have nothing.

So, I lay all my attitudes, all my ideas, all my prejudices on His altar. I don’t hold onto them because I know they’re deeply flawed. I hold all my opinions in contempt. I trust God and try every day to do what He asks. That is the only way I have survived. It’s where I take my stand. With God, with His Church, with His anointed. I don’t worry about anything else.

I claim to have my convictions, but I don’t care who’s “right.” I know God is right. I trust the path that leads to Him. That’s the only thing that matters to me now. I’m a train wreck of a human being, but God is happy with me sometimes in spite of my failures. It’s truly the only thing I have—His kind words and approbation.

I’m not sure what I would do without the gift of prayer. It’s a balm to my spirit and an anchor to my soul. It lends my spirit wings and my heart song.

I know my Father lives and loves me. I love to own Him as my Father. He was there with me last night. He made His presence known to me in a holy way.

I fall far short of who I want to be, but no matter how far I fall, I’m never beyond the His reach and care.

May you and I always speak His name in awe for that is what He truly deserves.

The Weight and Force of Covenants

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Thanks to President Munk for sharing this quote today:

“The ordinances are not deep, dark secrets to be kept as such from the world. It is easy to get a temple recommend and then later apostatize and spread abroad the so-called secrets of the temple. The basic idea of the ordinances from Moses back to Adam is separation from the world.

“Why are these temple ordinances guarded with such secrecy when anyone who really wants to can find out what goes on? Even though everyone may discover what goes on in the temple, and many have already revealed it, the important thing is that I do not reveal these things; they must remain sacred to me. I must preserve a zone of sanctity which cannot be violated, whether or not anyone else in the room has the remotest idea what the situation really is.

“For my covenants are all between me and my Heavenly Father. . . . I can never share my understanding of them completely with anyone but the Lord. No matter what happens, it will, then, always remain secret: only I know exactly the weight and force of the covenants I have made—I and the Lord with whom I have made them—unless I choose to reveal them. If I do not, then they are secret and sacred no matter what others may say or do. Anyone who would reveal these things has not understood them, and therefore that person has not given them away. You cannot reveal what you do not know!”

—Hugh Nibley, Temple and Cosmos (Salt Lake: Deseret/FARMS, 1992), 61–65.