Monday, February 27, 2012

Youth Cultural Temple Celebration Info

For more info, visit:

All 12 stakes of youth will be involved.
It will be held Saturday evening, May 5th, 2012

Fireside notes from the orientation meeting:

Youth, ages 12 -18 are invited to share in their culture, history and share their vibrancy.
This is an opportunity to enjoy unity and develop friendships and be prepared for the temple dedication.

Theme:  "One Heart in the Heartland"
There will be 9 sub-sections to the presentation:
Shining Hearts
Willing Hearts
Inspired Hearts
Courageous Hearts
Changing Hearts
Broken Hearts
Confident Hearts
Sharing Hearts
All together:  All of One Heart

The opening song will be, "Arise...taken from the Church website and from the youth theme of 2012.  Scripture:  1 Nephi 17:1

A list of every single youth who participates will be on a list that will be sealed in a time capsule and buried in the cornerstone of the Temple in the dedication.

They will be performing to 10,000 folks in the auditorium.
The prophet will be in attendance.
There will be an orchestra, select choir and dancing.

Possibility that this will be the ONLY temple dedication in North America in 2012.

This is their chance to show their love to Heavenly Father in song and dance.
Stake President Jeremiah Morgan spoke:
We have nine weeks left.
174 years ago, Doctrine and Covenants 115:7-9 was given: 

7 Let the city, Far West, be a holy and consecrated land unto me; and it shall be called most holy, for the ground upon which thou standest is aholy.
8 Therefore, I command you to abuild a house unto me, for the gathering together of my saints, that they may bworship me.
9 And let there be a beginning of this work, and a foundation, and a preparatory work,

He connected that D&C 115 (the 2012 youth theme) with how they are the youth of the rising generation to see the fulfillment of prophecy.

Thanks for sending us your notes Val!


Friday, February 24, 2012

More Open House Information

Go here.

Open House Reservations

Open house reservations will be made available to the general public starting Monday, March 12, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. (mountain time) online at or by contacting the reservation call center at 1-866-537-8457 or 801-570-0080. The call center will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. (mountain time).

Appointments for Living Ordinances

Appointments for living ordinances can be made beginning Monday, April 2, 2012. (The phone number for the Kansas City Missouri Temple will be provided at a later date.)

Proxy Work

All proxy work such as endowments, sealings, and so forth will be by appointment only. Appointments can be made beginning Monday, April 16, 2012.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lenexa Stake Preparing for the Temple

These are the Kansas City Temple District Stakes:
1.  Warrensburg Missouri
2.  Springfield Missouri
3.  Springfield Missouri South
4.  Joplin Missouri
5.  Independence Missouri
6.  Liberty Missouri
7.  Kansas City Missouri
8.  Platte City Missouri
9.  Olathe Kansas
10.  Lenexa Kansas
11.  Topeka Kansas
12.  Salina Kansas

In an effort to prepare the members of the Lenexa Stake for the upcoming temple open house and dedication, they have issued this list of things to do:

1.  Read the Book of Mormon everyday.
•Search, ponder, and pray 30 minutes a day.
•Finish by December 31, 2012

2.  Attend the Temple Open House
•Open House:  April 7 to April 21, 8am - 4pm Mondays, 8 am - 8pm Tuesday-Saturday.
•Members attending by themselves are encouraged to attend during weekdays, if possible.

3.  Prayerfully determine who the Lord wants you to invite to the Open House.
•You or your friends can make reservations on-line or by phone beginning March 12.
•Invitations will also be provided to pass out in March.

4.  All youth participate in the Cultural Celebration.
•Youth will perform (instrument, word, song, dance) at the Cultural Celebration on Saturday, May 5, 6 pm at the Municipal Auditorium.
•For youth (ages 12-18, must be at least by May 5) and their families.
•Everyone is invited to view the live broadcast at the Lenexa Kansas Stake Center.
•Youth and youth leader (including bishoprics) are invited to a Temple District Youth Fireside webcast at the Lenexa Kansas Stake Center, Sunday, February 26, 6-7 pm to provide a vision for and encourage youth to participate in the celebration.
•Rehearsals will be on select Mutual nights (TBD) during March and April, and on May 5th.

5.  Prayerfully ponder, "What can I do to be closer to the Savior?"
•Then, follow the promptings of the Spirit to worthily prepare for the opening of the Temple.

6.  Qualify for a Temple Recommend and attend the Temple Dedication.
•The Temple Dedication will be Sunday, May 6.  You can attend one of the three sessions:  9 am, noon, or 3pm.  All sessions will be broadcast live to the Lenexa Kansas Stake Center.
•Must be at least 8 years old and baptized/confirmed by May 6, 2012.
•A Temple Dedication Recommend is required to attend.

7.  After the Temple Dedication, record your feelings in a journal.

8.  Talk to your Bishop if you'd like to serve in the Temple.

"Make whatever sacrifices are necessary to attend the temple and to have the spirit of the temple in your hearts and homes." ~ President Thomas. S. Monson

~From the Lenexa Kansas Stake President, Bruce Priday

Chasing the counsel given by this stake would be advantageous to all members of this temple district!  Keep Chasing!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Power of the Temple

An experience shared by fellow Temple Chaser, Jerrie Foreman

"My daughter-in-law (Laura) was not a member (of the Church).  She didn't really have much to do with the Church at all since her baby had been born. She was invited to come to Church one day and did. They talked about the new temple at church that day.  So she came over and said that she wanted to see it.  So we took a family trip (only 35 minutes!) to the temple when it was built.  She stood on the edges of the grounds.  She turned and looked at my husband and said,
"this is what I want in my life, this feeling."
She started asking questions on the way home and 2 weeks later was baptized.  She was baptized a year ago May 24.  She and my son are starting their temple prep class this week.  She already has a list of the temples she wants to visit.
I love the KC Temple, not just for the blessings it will bring to the area but for the blessings it has brought to my family."

Laura on her baptism day with the missionaries who taught her.  She was baptized by Jerrie's son, Bill.

As soon as possible, Laura took a temple trip with her ward to do baptisms for the dead.  She was so excited to walk in the first time.

Laura takes her daughter, Lexi out to the temple and takes pictures on a regular basis.


This is why I love Temple chasing.  Thank you for sharing this story Jerrie.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Work

Seeing these pictures of progress being made on the construction of the temple reminds me of the 'work' involved with temple attendance.

Who is this work for?
"We wonder about our progenitors--grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents, etc.  What do they think of you and me?  We are their offspring.  We have the responsibility to do their temple work, and the beautiful temples of the Lord stand day after day, yet we do not fill them always.  We have a grave responsibility that we cannot avoid, and may stand in jeopardy if we fail to do this important work." ~ President Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, Jan.1977, italics added

Why work?
"Temple a wonderful opportunity for keeping alive our spiritual knowledge and strength. ...The mighty perspective of eternity is unraveled before us in the holy temples; we see time from its infinite beginning to its endless end; and the drama of eternal life is unfolded before us.  Then I see more clearly my place amidst the things of the universe, my place among the purposes of God; I am better able to place myself where I belong, and I am better able to value and to weigh, to separate and to organize the common, ordinary duties of my life, so that the little things shall not oppress me or take away my vision of the greater things that God has given us." ~ John A. Widstoe, Conference Report, April 1922, italics added

"No work is more of a protection to this Church than temple work and the genealogical research that supports it.  No work is more spiritually refining.  No work we do gives us more power.  No work requires a higher standard of righteousness." ~ Elder Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, June 1992, italics added

And a promise...
John A. Widtsoe wrote:  "I believe that the busy person on the farm, in the shop, in the office, or in the household, who has his worries and troubles, can solve his problems better and more quickly in the house of the Lord than anywhere else.  If he will...[do] the temple work for himself and for his dead, he will confer a mighty blessing upon those who have gone before, and...a blessing will come to him, for at the most unexpected moments, in or out of the temple will come to him, as a revelation, the solution of the problems that vex his life.  That is the gift that comes to those who enter the temple properly."
"Temple Worship," The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine, April 1921, pp. 63-64, italics added

"What a glorious thing it is for us to have the privilege of going to the temple for our own blessings.  Then after going to the temple for our own blessings, what a glorious privilege to do the work for those who have gone on before us.  This aspect of temple work is an unselfish work.  Yet whenever we do temple work for other people, there is a blessing that comes back to us.  Thus it should be no surprise to use that the Lord does desire that his people be a temple-motivated people.  I repeat what I have said before:  It would please the Lord for every adult member to be worthy of--and to carry--a current temple recommend, even if proximity to a temple does not allow immediate or frequent use of it.  The things that we must do and not do to be worthy of a temple recommend are the very things that ensure we will be happy as individuals and as families.

Let us truly be a temple-attending and a temple-loving people.  We should hasten to the temple as frequently , yet prudently, as our personal circumstances allow.  We should go not only for our kindred dead but also for the personal blessing of temple worship, for the sanctity and safety that are within those hallowed and consecrated walls.  As we attend the temple, we learn more richly and deeply the purpose of life and the significance of the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Let us make the temple, with temple worship and temple covenants and temple marriage, our ultimate earthly goal and the supreme mortal experience."~ President Howard W. Hunter, Ensign, Feb. 1995, italics added

"But learn that he who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come."~D&C 59:23

Carry on with the 'work' Temple Chasers.



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