Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Finding Joy in the Sunset at the Temple

The month's of January and February can be long and dark in Missouri. Even as I type this post, the "snowstorm of the year" is beginning to unleash in Kansas City.
Finding joy during these circumstances can be difficult.

But beautiful pictures of a sunset on a January evening at the Kansas City Temple definitely cause us to feel joy in these frigid, and trying moments.

These are some of the most exquisite photos of the temple that I've seen.

"Men are, that they might have joy", declared Lehi.

Elder Richard G. Scott taught, "Men are that they might have joy", is a conditional statement:  "they might have joy." It is not conditional for the Lord.  His intent is that each of us finds joy.  It will not be conditional for you as you obey the commandments, have faith in the Master, and do the things that are necessary to have joy here on earth."

He added:  "Make a list of things you can do for happiness, such as":

*Ponder the scriptures to understand the plan of happiness.
*Pray with faith in Jesus Christ.
*Love and serve others.
*Receive the temple ordinances.  Return to bless others. (It's a sign Temple Chasers!!  Go to the Temple!!)
*Listen to the prophet and obey his counsel.
*Be grateful for what you have.
*Smile more.

Elder Scott has so much more to say concerning finding joy.   You can read it here.

I love the light of the sunset shining through the windows of the temple.

In an article in the Nov. 1989 Ensign, President Thomas S. Monson gave insightful analogies of windows and light.

He said, "Windows welcome light to our lives and bring joy to our souls."

To read more of how to "gaze at the beauty seen through the windows He opens, but also to pass through them to the priceless opportunities He provides to bless the lives of others"....go here.

I hope today's trip to the Kansas City Temple will help bring joy into your lives.

Keep on Temple Chasing...


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