Back in 2011 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, one of the first things I did was go to the temple to find solace and peace in that turbulent time of life. I knew that these words spoken by Ezra T Benson, a prophet of God, were true: “In the peace of these lovely temples, sometimes we find solutions to the serious problems of life. Under the influence of the Spirit, sometimes pure knowledge flows to us there” (Benson). That serious problem of cancer that I was experiencing was painful to endure and the effects of that experience still linger in my life, but the peace and solutions I found while I visited the temple during that time are a part of me. They will never leave, and they have changed me forever.
I keep mentioning quotes from Ezra T. Benson. You might be wondering who he is and why he is such an authority on this subject. Ezra T. Benson (1899-1994) is a prophet of God and he shared six blessings that come to those who “attend the temple and perform the ordinances that pertain to the House of the Lord” (Benson):
That is why temples are such a big deal. That is why members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints descend upon those temples in mass numbers. Although the specifics of what happens within those temple walls are not shared with the general public because of their sacred nature, I can tell you that what happens there is a very powerful, spiritual experience. That is why I go there. I feel an increase of power to resist temptation, be kinder and gentler to those around me, and to just be a better person.
Benson, E. T. (n.d.). What I Hope You Will Teach Your Children about the Temple. Retrieved from https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1985/08/what-i-hope-you-will-teach-your-children-about-the-temple?lang=eng.
Perry, J. K. (n.d.). I Love to See the Temple. Retrieved from https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/friend/2012/10/i-love-to-see-the-temple?lang=eng.
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