Exceeding Great and Precious Promises

As I came within sight of the Manti Utah Temple the other day, a recent conference talk came to mind wherein Elder David A. Bednar put into words a profound insight about life and worship and how prioritizing the temple in our life can help us focus on the blessings of eternity: 

"One of the great challenges each of us faces every day is to not allow the concerns of this world to so dominate our time and energy that we neglect the eternal things that matter most. We can be too easily diverted from remembering and focusing upon essential spiritual priorities because of our many responsibilities and busy schedules. Sometimes we try to run so fast that we may forget where we are going and why we are running.”

Then after addressing our divine identity, spiritual rebirth, and the Sabbath, he brought the temple into the picture:

“A principal purpose of the temple is to elevate our vision from the things of the world to the blessings of eternity. Removed for a short time from the worldly settings with which we are familiar, we can ‘look to God and live’ by receiving and remembering the great and precious promises whereby we become partakers of the divine nature."

Elder Bednar then bore testimony:

“I witness that our Heavenly Father lives and is the author of the plan of salvation. Jesus Christ is His Only Begotten Son, our Savior and Redeemer. He lives. And I testify that the Father’s plan and promises, the Savior’s Atonement, and the companionship of the Holy Ghost make possible ‘peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come.’ ”

– "Exceeding Great and Precious Promises" October 2017

James HeywoodComment