Monday, February 4, 2013

House of the Lord: beacon to the world.

"If you have seen one of the temples at night, fully lighted, you know what an impressive sight that can be. The house of the Lord, bathed in light, standing out in darkness, becomes symbolic of the power and the inspiration of the gospel of Jesus Christ standing as a beacon in a world that sinks ever further into spiritual darkness" (Preparing to enter the Holy Temple, pg 10)

I know that is true. I don't have a favorite temple, but I sure do love the Rexburg, ID temple. You can see it from almost anywhere in town and it is a beautiful sight to drive home to. My freshman year I lived in an apartment complex that was about a block away from the temple, you could see it from the porch. I loved looking at it. 

During Spring semester I would run a 5 mile loop that would pass the temple and go out into the potato fields :). I would get far away from town, from homes, from everything- it was beautiful and as I made my way back up the very tiny hill (slope:) I would once again see the temple. It would disappear when I was far into the country and as I slowly made my way back, first I would see Moroni and then the whole, beautiful temple would come back into view. It was still far away, but as I approached it- my thoughts would always turn towards the beauty and blessing of the temple. When I would not want to run, or often as it was when I ran I was having a bad day I would just tell myself I was running home. Not running back to my tiny, dark apartment- but running home to the temple. To the only place on this earth where our thoughts can be clear and the spirit takes over. I love the temple, I am so grateful for temples and to live in UT where there are so many. 


2 comments:

  1. Love, Love, Love that story. Can I share two things that came to mind.

    I love the talk from a few conferences ago that was about the Logan Temple. It's a lot like the Rexburg temple it sounds like...you can see it from most places. The speakers son said, "You're never lost when you can see the temple." That has stuck with me. I love that thought.

    Also, a story about the London Temple. It's right by Heathrow Airport, which is one of the busiest airports in the world. When they were remodeling the Temple, they shut the lights off all the time and the airport called and asked them to turn the lights on at night because so many pilots used those lights to find their way to the airport. A beacon indeed.

    :)

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  2. :) Well then I better go to the London Temple someday

    Those are great stories.

    It's so true, when Mary and I first moved to rexburg we were often disoriented but we knew that if we walked toward the temple, we'd be home! (because we literally lived right next to it ;)

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