Church today was one big message of "GO TO THE TEMPLE." In Relief Society our lesson was from Elder David A. Bednar's talk from this past conference. It is called "Honorably Hold a Name and Standing." I encourage you all to take the time this week to read it and ponder it!
The temple is the most important part of being a member of the LDS faith. There is so much work to be done and there is simply not enough time, or people, to do it. I often think of the people on the other side of the veil who are patiently waiting for their work to be done. Many of them have been waiting for hundreds, even thousands, of years. If I were them I would be going crazy with anticipation for my work to be done. Thinking of this makes me want to go to the temple every day. Sometimes I wish that I lived closer to the temple so that I could go there every day, but first I need to make the time in my life to drive 45 minutes every week to partake in temple worship.
In Elder Bednar's talk he discusses the blessings we receive from worshiping in the temple. "I have come to understand better the protection available through our temple covenants and what it means to make an acceptable offering of temple worship. There is a difference between church-attending, tithe-paying members who occasionally rush into the temple to go through a session and those members who faithfully and consistently worship in the temple." Our teacher today added to this quote by saying, "If you pass through the temple, then the temple will pass through you." We need to go to the temple. We need to get there early with enough time to change and sit in the chapel for a short period of time to connect with our Heavenly Father. We need to be alert throughout our service there. Then we need to go home and do something with the promptings we received from the Spirit. Going to the temple is not just a chore or an obligation, it is a blessing and it will only be a blessing if we make it one.