Doctrine & Covenants 97:15
“And inasmuch as my people build a house unto me in the name of the Lord, and do not suffer any unclean thing to come into it, that it be not defiled, my glory shall rest upon it.”
In these sections, the Lord gives direction on some of the buildings that should be built and dedicated to the Lord for His work. The Saints are told to build a house for the work of the Presidency, a printing house, and a temple – a house of the Lord. The Saints had been told previously to build a temple, but the work had not yet begun. The Lord chastened them and reminded them of the commandment to build the temple. He told them it was important to build the temple so the people could be endowed with power from on high. The Lord promised them that if they keep the commandments they will have the power to build it.
Now, we have many temples that are already built. We are asked to prepare ourselves to enter the temples, make sacred covenants with the Lord, and to return often. If we do, we are promised “a multiplicity of blessings.”
“We do not come to the temple to hide from or escape the evils of the world. Rather, we come to the temple to conquer the world of evil. As we invite into our lives the “power of godliness” by receiving priesthood ordinances and making and keeping sacred covenants, we are blessed with strength beyond our own to overcome the temptations and challenges of mortality and to do and become good.” David A Bednar
These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.
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