Hi girls! Today I’m talking about something super important to me. Many of you already know that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Some people call us LDS or Mormons! (If you want to know more, please visit www.lds.org) I have loved that in creating my blog and instagram, I have been able to connect with so many different girls of different faiths around the country and world. I have loved learning more about your religion and standards! I love the open and respectful atmosphere we have created and that we are all mutually interested in modesty and honoring God. I am excited to share with you a little more about my church and an aspect that is central to it- temples! Maybe you’ve even seen an LDS temple by where you live and wondered what that beautiful building was for! In our religion, we still believe in temples and worshiping God there.
“The temple is a point of intersection between heaven and earth. In this sacred place, holy work will be performed through selfless service and love. The temple reminds me of all that is good and beautiful in the world.”—David A. Bednar
Why we Build Temples
From the days of the Old Testament, the Lord has commanded His people to build temples-sacred structures where He could teach, guide, and bless them- we still believe this holds true today! Now, the Church has 140 operating temples around the world. Regardless of the place or time period, temples are the most sacred place on earth-a place where earth and heaven meet and where we feel close to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
What Happens in Temples?
In the temple we are taught, we make covenants, and we are promised blessings. We receive ordinances that enable us to live in the presence of God. Below are some of the ordinances that are performed in the temple, and a little about each of them.
One ordinance we receive in the temple is the endowment. The word endowment means “gift” or “bestowal.” As part of this ordinance, we are taught about the purpose of life, the mission and Atonement of Jesus Christ, and Heavenly Father’s plan for His children. We gain a glimpse of what it will be like to live in His presence as we feel the peaceful atmosphere of the temple.
Another temple ordinance is the sealing ordinance, in which husbands and wives are sealed to each other and children are sealed to their parents in eternal families. This means that if we are faithful to our covenants, our family relationships will continue for eternity. People sometimes also refer to this ordinance as “temple marriage” or “eternal marriage.”
Ordinances for the Deceased
In addition to receiving these ordinances for ourselves, we can receive them for our deceased ancestors. In this way, people who died without receiving essential ordinances such as baptism and confirmation, the endowment, and sealing have the opportunity to accept these ordinances.
Blessings of the Temple
In addition to the closeness we feel to the Lord when we are in the temple, we can continue to receive blessings even after we have returned to our everyday lives. Attending the temple gives us a clearer perspective and a sense of purpose and peace. President Thomas S. Monson described temple blessings as follows:
“As we go to the holy house, as we remember the covenants we make therein, we will be able to bear every trial and overcome each temptation. The temple provides purpose for our lives. It brings peace to our souls—not the peace provided by men but the peace promised by the Son of God when He said, ‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.’”
Aren’t those beautiful blessings? To be able to bear every trial and overcome each temptation. I have seen these blessings in my own life from temple attendance. There is such a peace and calm that comes from being there. It truly is like a little piece of heaven on earth.
LDS Temple Dress
When we are inside the temple, we wear special clothing. This change of clothing serves as a reminder that we are temporarily leaving the world behind and entering a holy place. We wear all white- the men in white suits and ties, the women in white dresses or blouse/skirt combinations. White clothing symbolizes purity, and the fact that all are dressed alike in the temple creates a sense of unity and equality.
House of Order is a company that strives to create high end LDS Temple Dresses that deliver the highest quality of fit, fabrics, and fashion. They started out in 2011 with just a few custom temple dresses for ordinance workers in the Redlands California Temple. After discovering that there was a huge need for younger feeling and more fashion forward temple dresses, House of Order relocated to Provo, Utah and now has two collections. What I really love about House of Order’s LDS temple dresses is that all of their dresses are custom tailored to your measurements, and are manufactured locally in Provo. You get the perfect dress with the perfect fit.
Wearing a temple dress really is something special- it helps to remind me that I am a daughter of God. It helps me to remember where I am from and where I am going and what I need to do to get there. Thank you for letting me share something so important to me today!
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