Preparing Yourself for the Temple
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you’ve been waiting to enter the temple for a long time. The moment has finally come. All the Primary songs that you’ve ever learned, all the lessons you’ve had, all the conference talks you’ve listened to, the pictures you’ve looked at, and baptisms performed have led you to this sacred point in your life. You are going to enter the House of the Lord.
For some of us, entering the temple can seem overwhelming. You might be asking yourself, “Am I really ready for this? Am I truly worthy?” If you’re feeling a little bit nervous, that’s okay. It’s normal. To help you feel more prepared to enter in God’s Holy House, here are some suggestions:
- Talk with your parents. Your parents can be a big help in preparing you for the Temple. If you’re feeling nervous, ask your parents about questions you may have. Don’t be disappointed if there are things your parents can’t tell you: much of the temple ordinance is too sacred to be discussed outside its walls. If your parents haven’t been through the temple, you can look to Church leaders or other family members for help.
- Read the Pearl of Great Price. By reading the Pearl of Great Price, you will understand and be more familiar with some of what is taught when you receive your endowment.
- Talk to your bishop. Of course, you’ll need to talk to your bishop anyway before you enter the temple, but remember he is there to help you. You can always rely on your bishop to advise and guide you, especially when it comes to being temple-worthy.
- Bring a question. We go to the temple to commune with God. Bringing a question that you have sincerely pondered and reflected on will open the gates to revelation. You can ask Him questions about your mission, doctrine, life, etc. The temple is heaven on earth, and you can receive answers to your questions there.
- Read special issue of the Ensign on temples. The October 2009 issue of the Ensign is a beautiful resource to look to when preparing to enter the temple. It is filled with pictures of different temples from around the world, talks from the Quorum of the Twelve and the First Presidency, and experiences from members. It will inspire and uplift you.
- Attend temple prep classes. It may seem an obvious thing to do, but there is great wisdom in attending these classes. The teachers prepare every week to teach to your needs. You will learn all the necessities before entering the temple.
- Write in your journal. Write about your feelings previous to entering the temple. Record your questions, spiritual experiences you’ve had in preparing, and thoughts on the temple. And after you’ve gone through, write about your first experience.
The temple is literally the House of God. He walks its very halls. President Thomas S. Monson has promised us that as we go to the temple, “we will be more able to bear every trial and to overcome each temptation. In this sacred sanctuary we will find peace; we will be renewed and fortified.” Go to the temple as often as you can before the mission, so you can be fortified for the coming journey.