In the House of the Lord
Marriage is valuable, and God intends that it lasts forever. Elder Bednar, in his talk “Marriage is Essential to His Eternal Plan”, says that marriage and family is primary in God’s plan for each of us. This is why I choose to learn about the doctrine of marriage and family. I want to understand the value, importance, and blessings that come from making those who are closest to me a priority. Because of my own temple sealing, I feel I have learned more about God’s intentions for marriage, and it is in the temple that I recognize the doctrine and principles of marriage that help me to become more like my Savior. For me and my husband, our temple sealing means everything to us because it shows our desire and commitment to do all we can to return to our Heavenly Father– together!
About a year ago, while my husband and I were working in the temple baptistry, we had a large family attend. There were three generations present, and the grandpa pulled one of his son-in-law’s aside. “I just want you to know,” he told him, “that this is what a real legacy looks like”. Together, they looked around the room at the faith and commitment of so many family members attending the temple that day. I have always remembered this. I want a legacy like that- I want to teach my children the importance of the temple in a way that they will always want to go and feel the special spirit there, and to one day marry there for time and all eternity.
In the temple I learn about my role here in mortality, but I also learn of my husband’s role and how it works with mine. I recognize the divine design in everything, nothing was done by chance or without thought! In the temple, I feel like I am truly coming closer to my Savior and to my husband. I will forever cherish the direction and understanding in the temple. But, most importantly, I will always be grateful to my Heavenly Father for giving us temples today, so I can have a forever marriage and to feel the joy of covenanting with Him.
“Marriage brings greater possibilities for happiness than does any other human relationship” (President Russell M. Nelson).