After the Trial of Our Faith by Jorge M. Alvarado
Content by Sarah Moran
Sometimes it’s the smallest part of a talk that really speaks to your soul. That was the case for me as I listened to Elder Alvarado share a story from his childhood about the faith and effort it took for his family to travel to the temple to be sealed. His talk was about finding strength in trials, but for me, it was all about the temple, the place I go when I need strength in the midst of trials. This isn’t the first story we’ve heard of a family giving up so much to go to the temple just one time. Truly, any sacrifice we make to get to the temple is worth it because temple service is not a sacrifice but an investment with guaranteed rewards that we can enjoy in this life and in the next.
A big blessing from temple service is knowledge; the temple really is a house of learning. It’s a place to go for revelation and spiritual guidance. I usually go to the temple without a specific question or concern so I’m often surprised by the thoughts and impressions that come to my mind. However, I really shouldn’t be, because that’s one of the blessings we are promised for being in His house. Doctrine and Covenants 110:7-8 teaches us, “For behold I have accepted this house, and my name shall be here; and I will manifest myself to my people in mercy in this house. Yea, I will appear unto my servants and will speak to them with mine own voice.” The Lord truly does know our needs and we can find direction and hear His voice as we go to the temple.
Mostly, I love being in the temple because it’s where I feel closest to my Heavenly Parents and it’s where I go to learn about the potential I have as Their daughter. In the temple, I feel peace no matter what struggles I’m experiencing in my personal life. Serving in the Lord’s house gives me strength and conviction and the desire to keep pressing forward on the covenant path back to my heavenly home.
I AM STATEMENT
I am faithful.
I move forward with faith in good times and in bad because I put my trust in Christ and know that he is preparing the way home for me.
FAITH IN ACTION
Elder Alvarado asks us what we should do to best meet the trials that come our way. In his answer, he speaks of the blessings that come as we serve in the temple. We may not have the challenge of traveling thousands of miles to attend the temple, but we do have the challenge of making room in our lives for temple worship.
In October of 2018, President Nelson invited the women of the church to “establish a pattern of regular temple attendance.” If you haven’t already, make the sacrifices necessary to wholeheartedly accept our prophet’s invitation. Consider your life’s circumstances, set specific goals for attendance in the new year, and then watch miracles come into your life.
One of the main purposes of ministering is to help the people in our lives draw closer to Jesus Christ and become more like Him. You can do this by bringing a temple focus into your ministering efforts. Visit the temple grounds together, research and find family names together, or simply serve in the temple together. Where better to draw closer to Christ than at the temple?