Every year on February 14th, people are searching for love. They desire to be loved and admired. As a member of the LDS church, one of the best places to feel that love is within the temple, and there really is no better place to feel such love encompass you. When you spend time with light, you grow to love it and look for it in others. The temple is the brightest place that we can be, and truly is the best way that you can celebrate any occasion, including Valentine’s Day. Here are four reasons how Valentine’s Day can be celebrated with the temple.
Be filled with love.
Inside the beautiful walls of the temple, you can feel the love that God has for you and for those around you. This year, Valentine’s day falls on a Sunday. Take that time to search the scriptures for the love that Jesus Christ exemplified, and make it a goal to go to the temple the week after Valentine’s Day.
Remember to devote yourself.
Valentine’s Day is a day of devotion between people, but we can use the beauty of this tender day to remind us to devote ourselves to God. Heavenly Father admires us and supports us at every turn. If we choose to devote ourselves to Him, we will feel that support and will want to devote ourselves more to Him and even devote ourselves more to those around us.
Inspire beauty and light.
For some, the world can be a place filled with hardship and sorrow–events that are downright ugly and represent sadness. Within those dreary days, and even on our brightest days, the temple contains beauty that can inspire. We can use it to feel beautiful ourselves, and also to see the beauty in others.
February 14th can often be a little bit or extremely stressful. You have either the stress of finding something to give a loved one or the stress of just finding someone you can love. Usually, there are plans to be made and filled, food to make, and people that are in need of some heartfelt actions. It can all be a little bit overwhelming. That’s why you should try to go to the temple this week. It’s a new year, Valentine’s Day is upon us, and there are lots of things that can easily distract you. In the temple, you can focus, and be at rest while you feel the peace and assurance of knowing that you are in a place you can be close to God.
As President Boyd K. Packer described, “Sometimes our minds are so beset with problems, and there are so many things clamoring for attention at once that we just cannot think clearly and see clearly. At the temple the dust of distraction seems to settle out, the fog and the haze seem to lift, and we can ‘see’ things that we were not able to see before and find a way through our troubles that we had not previously known.”
Lauren is studying Journalism at Brigham Young University and considers the East Coast home. She has a passion for writing, photography, skiing, hiking, and traveling. She enjoys studying German and is married to her best friend.