Financial difficulty. Chronic illness. Loneliness. Divorce. Natural disasters. Death. Life is full of adversity. In fact, it’s inevitable. So, how do you cope and move forward with hope when life, at times, can feel hopeless?
During the worldwide Women’s Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, General Relief Society President Linda K. Burton offered this counsel: “We can receive inspiration and revelation in the temple and also power to cope with the adversities of life.” – Linda K. Burton, (Prepared in a Manner That Never Had Been Known.) Inspiration. Revelation. Power. Who wouldn’t want more of that in their life?
In the video presentation, The Holy Temple, which was shared at the women’s conference, real women from around the world, shared real, personal examples of how attending the temple helped them to cope with the trials of life.
Here are five ways they say attending the temple has helped them.
With the busyness and chaos of school, work, and family often comes a longing for calm. Within the walls of the temple, where we are forced to be quiet and still, that calm, both physically and spiritually, can be found.
Of a visit to the temple, one woman said, “while we were there I felt like I was very far from my problems, and that I was very close to my Heavenly Father.”
A young woman added, “I did not feel like I was on earth. I thought I was in heaven.”
The effect of visiting a “heaven on earth”, affects our outlook on life and refocuses our sights on eternal priorities. When visited regularly, the peace felt in the temple can carry into our daily activities.
Understanding that adversity is a part of life, and that mortal life is simply a small part of our existence, helps us to better bear our burdens. That understanding comes over time as we learn more about God’s plan of happiness.
“The more we go to the temple, the more we will learn,” one woman said. “The Lord will reveal to us more truths.”
“My husband and I were sealed together five years ago in the Hong Kong temple,” another woman added. “The things we were taught in the temple became a shield for us in our lives.”
In the temple, we learn of eternal things that help to broaden our perspective on life.
Brings the Spirit
In the holy temple, we learn how to be like God. Within its walls, we feel His spirit and His love as we make the sacred covenants that will help prepare us to live with Him again one day.
“The temple means a lot to me because the first time I went there, I could feel the Holy Spirit,” said a youth. “For my first visit to the temple, I prepared and saved money each month. I also prepared myself so that I was spiritually worthy.”
As we prepare to enter to the temple, sometimes making both temporal and spiritual sacrifices to do so, we strengthen our faith and enhance our temple experience.
When the whirlwinds of life descend, the temple can be a refuge in the storm.
“No matter your predicament, no matter your trouble, no matter your sickness, when you attend the temple you will be refreshed and renewed,” said one sister emphatically. “You’ll feel happy, you’ll feel the blessings, that I can’t express now.”
Another woman spoke of attending the temple alone and finding comfort there.
“As I have gone to the temple I have been able to be comforted in a time of need and actually of despair. I organized babysitters for my children and I took that trip down and went alone. I knew Heavenly Father had a plan for me and He had answers for me. “
Brings eternal blessings
Death comes to all of us. But we learn through the gospel of Jesus Christ that mortal death is not the end. Through ordinances only performed in the temple, family relationships can last forever.
In the “Holy Temple” video presentation, a young woman shares how difficult it was to lose her mother to cancer when she was only 10 years old.
“It was really hard, but when I first started learning from the missionaries about families being sealed in the temple, I really wanted to go to the temple,” she said.
To prepare to attend the temple, she prepared to baptize her mother vicariously.
“Going to the temple for the first time was amazing. I felt the Spirit stronger than I ever have. I brought my mom’s name and it felt like she was smiling down on me saying ‘Thank you so much for doing this.’”
That same feeling of happiness can be yours as you find your own family members who need temple ordinances, and take those names to the temple, allowing family relationships to extend beyond the grave.
To see more real examples of how the temple can help you cope with the adversities of life, including the story of a mother who lost six of her children, watch the five-minute video, “The Holy Temple”.
How has the temple helped you to cope with the adversities of life?