Spiritual Treasures by President Russell M. Nelson
Content by Audra Elkington
As a youth, I loved going on our ward youth temple trips. Being in the Midwest, it was always a weekend adventure because we had to drive from Ohio to Chicago. There was so much anticipation and excitement about going to a big city, the culminating event being our time spent serving in the temple. My memories are distinct and I loved being there.
As an adult, however, my desire to be in the temple wavered. My temple sealing was not the beginning I hoped it would be and I spent years with no desire to be in the temple if I couldn’t be there with my husband. I didn’t understand then the truth of President Nelson’s statement that “Every woman…who makes covenants…and keeps those covenants, and who participates worthily in priesthood ordinances, has direct access to the power of God.”
The past two years, I have earnestly prayed for a desire to serve in the temple. It has come slowly, but as I listened to President Nelson speak of the “spiritual treasures that are theirs in the temple,” I knew immediately that I wanted to put his promises to the test.
It hasn’t been easy. Distance and still having a preschooler at home create some legitimate roadblocks. But I have made a huge effort to be in the temple as much as I possibly can. And when I can’t physically be there participating in saving ordinances, I have spent time reading all I can about women and priesthood power. If the Prophet promises me that I will gain a “gift of knowledge to know how to draw upon that power,” I am certain I will obtain that if I put in the effort.
The manifestations of that power have not come in ways that would be obvious to others, and often not even to myself, if I wasn’t paying attention! But I have seen blessings come as I have increased my time seeking to understand and finding ways to regularly be in the temple. There has been more joy in my home. I have seen relationships strengthened when I placed names on the prayer roll. In desperate parenting moments, the needed response has come to my mind. I have received inspiration for how to proceed in my new calling. As President Nelson promised, “every time you worthily serve and worship in the temple, you leave armed with God’s power and with His angels having ‘charge over’ you.” Why wouldn’t we want that?
Maybe you’re like me, and your desire to get to the temple has waned. Maybe you attend the temple every week, and have done so for years. Wherever you are in your efforts to be in the temple, you have the opportunity to draw on His priesthood power. Take the prophet’s challenge and watch for the blessings that come.
I AM STATEMENT
I am a covenant-keeping woman.
FAITH IN ACTION
Set a date to attend the temple. If possible, make an appointment within the next month, or schedule a time to visit the temple grounds.
Invite someone to attend the temple with you! Or deliver a copy of this talk along with a print of your favorite temple to the sisters you minister to.
Doctrine & Covenants Sections 25, 84, 107
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