“Am I really worthy to enter His house?”

Photo: Rachel Bishop

Like many who have the priesthood, I’ve had the responsibility to interview members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to determine worthiness to enter what we refer to as “the House of the Lord” or Temples.

It is a brief interview with a series of questions inquiring about strength of beliefs and faith, honesty, support of leaders, adherence to laws and commandments among other questions.  It represents the bare minimum of faithfulness one needs to enter the temple and participate in sacred ceremonies. (To find out more about temples, how they are different from standard chapels, who can enter, and other info, click here.) Read more of this post

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There Is No Convenient Sacrifice

I’m sure it has to do a little with my age, but with every talk I hear from the Brethren there seems to be an increased sense of urgency. Whether it be in General Conference or other forums, Church leaders seem to be asking us to do a little bit more, to become more engaged in the work.

The message is simple; this is not the time to be sitting around, doing nothing.  Nor is it a time to be just a “Sunday” member, coming to church, but not allowing the gospel to effect our everyday life.  As Elder Maxwell put it, the time to come off the “porch of the church”[1] is now.  There is more to do and less time to do it.  And the Prophet has asked us all to do more.  Not only is he asking, but he is showing.  We must ask ourselves, as did Elder Ballard, “Are we keeping pace?”[2]   We must realize that we, the members of the church, will be required to do more and more, in other words, to SACRIFICE. Read more of this post

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