Elder Neil L. Andersen

Sharing the Temple Challenge


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You are a special generation

Through the visit of angels and the power of God, the gospel was restored in our days, and this sacred work of providing ordinances for our ancestors began. With your generation, much work will be accomplished. How will we do it? As we have always pursued the work of God—one son or daughter at a time, one child of God at a time—until all the work is finished. “With God all things are possible.”
“Is any thing too hard for the Lord?”

Like climbing a mountain

Offering ordinances to those who have not been given the opportunity is like climbing a mountain. This work requires stamina, patience, and diligence. As with anything important, there will be discouragement, disappointment, and setbacks, but there will be glimpses of eternity never before imagined. As you do your best, you will feel your abilities grow, and your desire to advance this work will increase.

Share the Temple Challenge

The challenge last year was “Prepare as many names for the temple as baptisms you perform in the temple.” This year let’s add eight words to the temple challenge: “Prepare as many names for the temple as baptisms you perform in the temple, and help someone else to do the same.”

You can put this new challenge to work right now.

  • Share the temple challenge on your social media account.
  • Tag someone you would like to share the challenge with.
  • Use the hashtag #TempleChallenge

Blessings for you

As you accept this challenge and as you teach it to others, I promise you that you will feel the beautiful link that binds us together as families through the generations. You will feel a happiness for those who accept your sacred offering. Your hearts will truly be turned to your fathers, and you will feel their hearts turned toward you. You will feel purpose and strength that will help you to avoid the temptations that surround you. You will better see the unseen—the eternal things that the world does not see. As you add this work to your righteous life, the Gift of the Holy Ghost will be a stronger influence upon you. Your belief in and appreciation for the Savior will increase. You will better understand the power of His Atonement, and you will be safeguarded from the distractions that can so easily pull you from His commandments.

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