Monday, January 30, 2012

Getting through the fog

Sometimes the fog of the world makes it difficult for us to know where to go and what to do.  We can be assured that our Heavenly Father has given us a living prophet who will navigate and show us the way.

Elder M. Russell Ballard, shared harrowing fog experience in the August, 1977 Friend, while flying in a small single-engine airplane, that illustrated to him of the importance of following our Heavenly "air traffic controller." He taught, "If we will listen very carefully to everything that the prophet tells us, and if we will follow his instructions, then, just like those in the airplane who were able to find the runway, we can find our way back safely to our Heavenly Father."

"Other, "instruments" our Heavenly Father uses to help us throughout our lives and sometimes through dense for are the Holy Ghost, our stake presidents, bishops, home teachers, and our parents.  If we listen and learn to follow the counsel we receive, we will have "safe landings" throughout our lives.  And more importantly, when our lives here are over, we will arrive back home to live with our Heavenly Father again."

The temple is also a light and guide in our lives.  Our attendance and being worthy to attend is very much like having a celestial compass to help us navigate through a dark and clouded world.

A celestial compass is opening near you.  Very soon.  Are you ready to receive light and knowledge to guide you and assist you on your journey through the mists?  Get ready.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Now Serving; The Temple

It was a cold, dreary morning last Saturday, the 21st, when several wards of volunteers met at the temple to give the service of collecting and removing debris.

Despite wind chills well below 25ยบ F, these brave souls scoured over 50 acres of temple property to pick up trash, remnants of construction and other old objects to give the grounds a clean-face lift.

Ages 14 and older were invited to participate but so many couldn't come due to the extreme cold weather.

Photographed are all the 35+ folks who served and their names were recorded for their efforts.

Of course, there were snacks, impromptu sword fights with sticks and a lot of love and warmth going around.

These photos contain the first shots taken by Valerie Anderson without having to be behind a security fence.

Bless these good souls for their service to the Temple.  I bet Moroni loved the company and appreciates the clean view.
Now Serving; A Temple Near You!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Temples Are A Beacon

New video about temples on the Mormon Channel...

An "indescrible and joyful experience" will be coming to the saints in Missouri very soon.

"In this sacred sanctuary, we will find peace."
President Thomas S. Monson


Sunday, January 22, 2012

"X" Marks the Spot

Go here to view the article about the Kansas City Temple Open House in the Kansas City Star.

And it will all happen here very soon!

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Get your tickets when you can! The official ride is about to begin!  

I can't tell you how happy this Temple Chaser is.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Renewal awaits

"As you and I go to the holy houses of God, as we remember the covenants we make within, we will be more able to bear every trial and to overcome each temptation.  In this sacred sanctuary we will find peace we will be renewed and fortified."
President Thomas S. Monson, General Conference, April 2011


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Visitors from Dixie

Roy Stephens and his wife Carol recently visited the Kansas City Temple on New Year's Day. They were visiting the Midwest over the holidays.

This lovely couple resides in my ward here in St. George...The Bloomington 7th Ward.  Bro. Stephens is a member of the Bishopric.

They were impressed with the similarity of this temple to the St. George Temple, in size and shape.

Thank you for sharing your photos with us!  I love the connection between my homes.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Each of these photos is taken from a different perspective.  Depending on what your focus is...determines what you actually see clearly.

For me, going to the temple has given me the ability to see things as they truly are and what is most important.  Those things of value are:  My covenants, my eternal family, and the knowledge of the Plan of Salvation and the Atonement. Going to the temple often, is like looking through glasses that are cleaned regularly, keeping my vision and purpose clear.  In contrast, when I don't attend the temple regularly, the film and grime of the outside world cloud my vision, altering my perspective.  

"The eternal perspective we receive in the temple gives us strength to endure the trials of life

An eternal perspective helps us maintain complete fidelity to the covenants we make. President Packer emphasized that “ordinances and covenants become our credentials for admission into [God’s] presence. To worthily receive them is the quest of a lifetime; to keep them thereafter is the challenge of mortality.” 26
Ordinances of the temple relate not only to our eternal glory but also to that of our departed ancestors. “For their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation, … they without us cannot be made perfect—neither can we without our dead be made perfect.” 27 Service in their behalf provides an opportunity for our continuing temple worship, selflessly rendered as a vicarious work patterned after that of the Lord as He wrought the Atonement to bless all who would ever live.
One day we will surely meet our Maker and stand before Him at the bar of judgment. Scripture teaches us that “the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there; and there is none other way save it be by the gate; for he cannot be deceived, for the Lord God is his name.” 28 The Lord Himself will determine whether we have been true to the covenants we made with Him in the temple and thus merit the glorious blessings He has promised those who keep their covenants.
This perspective gives us strength to endure the trials of life. President Packer stated, “The ultimate purpose of all we teach is to unite parents and children in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, that they are happy at home, sealed in an eternal marriage, linked to their generations, and assured of exaltation in the presence of our Heavenly Father.” 29
Each temple stands as a symbol of our membership in the Church, as a sign of our faith in life after death, and as a stepping-stone to eternal glory for us and our family. I pray that each member of the Church will prepare for the marvelous blessings of the temple."
Elder Russell M. Nelson, Prepare for the Blessings of the Temple, Ensign, October 2010

Be prepared and keep your eternal perspective fellow Temple Chasers!  The day is fast approaching when the completed temple will be in your very midst.  And then your ability to attend more often will be realized.  What a blessing.  A crystal clear blessing.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

This will be the year when the Kansas City Temple is dedicated!

Happy 2012 Temple Chasers!



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