Ideas to Help Me Learn
Watch the video “Temples: A Conversation with a Church Leader.” What makes a temple unique from other Church buildings? What does this suggest to you about the way you should prepare to enter the temple? What other thoughts and feelings does the Spirit bring to your mind as you watch this video? What do you feel inspired to do because of what you have felt?
Baptisms and Confirmations for the Dead
To participate in temple work, plan a trip to the temple to perform baptisms and confirmations for the dead. If possible, take names of your own ancestors to receive ordinances. After your experience, record the feelings and impressions you had while participating in the work of salvation.
Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple
For a wonderful description of what happens inside the temple, read Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple. Pay special attention to the sections “Taught from on High,” “Dressed in White,” and “Sacred Covenants.” Discuss what you learn with a family member or friend.
Look for Symbolism
Read “Symbolism” in the Bible Dictionary. In your personal study of the scriptures and words of the prophets, make note of instances of the Lord or His servants using symbols or metaphors to teach. Ponder why spiritual truths are so often taught through symbolism.
Learn about Covenants
Study Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s article “Keeping Covenants: A Message for Those Who Will Serve a Mission.” As you read, underline the things he teaches about covenants that are meaningful to you. What do you learn about the endowment and the power that comes from keeping covenants?
D&C 84:19–22 (The power of godliness is in the ordinances of the priesthood)
D&C 109:13 (In the temple we feel the Lord’s power)
Robert D. Hales, “Coming to Ourselves: The Sacrament, the Temple, and Sacrifice in Service,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2012, 34–36
Jeffrey R. Holland, “Keeping Covenants: A Message for Those Who Will Serve a Mission,” New Era, Jan. 2012, 2–5, or Liahona, Jan. 2012, 48–51