Special Witness: What Can I Learn about the Temple?

Russell M. Nelson

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

From “Prepare for Blessings of the Temple,” Ensign, Mar. 2002, 17–19.


Russell M. Nelson
Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shares some of his thoughts on this subject.

I’m not old enough to go to the temple. What can I learn about it?

A temple is literally the house of the Lord, reserved for ordinances of eternal significance. Those ordinances include baptisms, marriages, endowments, and sealings.

The temple is closed on the Sabbath so that people can attend church and be with their families on that hallowed day.

We must qualify for admission to the temple. We prepare physically, intellectually, and spiritually.

In the temple, all are dressed in spotless white.

Obedience to the sacred covenants made in temples qualifies us for eternal life—the greatest gift of God to man.

Illustration by Mark Robison