Gospel Q&A is a series from LDS Daily that strives to answer important gospel questions from readers. Today, we address the question, “I want to be faithful in temple attendance, but I don’t really enjoy it. What do I do?”
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In the October 2021 General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson advised, “If you don’t yet love to attend the temple, go more often—not less. Let the Lord, through His Spirit, teach and inspire you there. I promise you that over time, the temple will become a place of safety, solace, and revelation.”
Still, it can be hard to get motivated or inspired to attend the temple at all, let alone more frequently, when you don’t yet love to go. Here are five tips to help you get more out of your temple worship and to begin to love it.
Remember That It Is Ancient
The temple ordinances were performed anciently and were not made uniquely or specifically for our day. It can help to remember that faithful worshipers of the Lord have been participating in these ordinances for millennia. Try to imagine some of the ancient prophets and families participating in the temple ordinances and it will bring a sense of unity and brotherhood among eons of faithful brothers and sisters.
Don’t Overthink It
It’s important to seek learning in the temple of the Lord, but we can get overwhelmed trying to learn everything at once. In the temple, let your spirit take the lead. Your mind might not understand everything. That’s okay. Try to set that aside and instead ponder how your spirit feels to be in the temple. I sometimes find myself pressed for time, anxious to pick up my daughter on time after my temple worship, and maybe feeling less than enthusiastic about spending my very little “free time” at the temple, but when I get there, I find I almost always sigh a deep breath while my spirit rejoices that I’ve returned to the Lord’s house.
Mix It Up
If you have struggled in an endowment session, schedule some time doing initiatory ordinances. If that’s not your thing, schedule some time in the baptistry. The most important part is being in the temple. Where you serve or which ordinances you perform is of lesser importance. In fact, I believe that doing baptisms for the dead is better preparation for additional temple ordinances than any temple preparation courses. Being in the temple and letting your spirit rejoice in the love of the Lord in His house is the very best way to learn to love the temple. The baptistry is a very special and sacred place. Do not make the mistake of discounting it or overlooking it as a worthy, valuable, needed temple service.
Pair It with Scripture Study
The instruction offered us in the temple is not meant to stand alone. When we pair our temple worship with in-depth scripture study, we will find we see the Lord more clearly in both. Our temple worship will help us understand better what we read in the scriptures, and our scripture study will help us better understand what is going on in the temple. The scriptures take on the role of textbook, while an endowment session may represent more of a lab experience, but both are meant to teach us about the Savior and the path we must take to return to Him.
Pray, Pray, Pray
This question is overflowing with faith. If you don’t love going to the temple, but you want to be obedient to the counsel given us by the prophet of God, you obviously already have enormous faith. Let that faith work miracles in you as you pray for a change of heart. God wants to bless you with a love of His work and most certainly will if you ask Him with faith and commit to trusting the prophet’s promise that “the temple will become a place of safety, solace, and revelation.”
I hope to see you soon in the house of the Lord.
Disclaimer: While all of my answers will use scriptures and/or words of modern prophets, I do not represent The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I don’t believe any of my answers are comprehensive. I’m just one person using the gospel I have been blessed with to bring hope, peace, and answers to other seekers of truth.