Understand Basic Principles
- Temples are literally houses of the Lord. We must be living worthily to enter these holy places of worship.
- In the temple, we make covenants to become more like our Heavenly Father.
- D&C 95:8–9
- Robert D. Hales, “Coming to Ourselves: The Sacrament, the Temple, and Sacrifice in Service,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2012, 34–36
- The temple ordinances use symbolism to teach us about the plan of salvation and the central role of the Atonement of Jesus Christ in that plan.
- By keeping temple covenants, we can receive all of the blessings Heavenly Father wants to give His children.
- Genesis 17:1–7 (see also Joseph Smith Translation, Genesis 17:3–12, in the Bible Appendix)
- Richard G. Scott, “Temple Worship: The Source of Strength and Power in Times of Need,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2009, 43–45; “Receive the Temple Blessings,” Ensign, May 1999, 25–27, or Liahona, July 1999, 29–31
- In the temple, we have the opportunity to help our deceased ancestors receive the blessings of exaltation.
Study on My Own
Act in Faith
Study the standards of worthiness necessary to enter the temple (see “Preparing for a Heavenly Marriage,” New Era, Feb. 2006, 3–5, or Liahona, Feb. 2006, 17–19), and make any necessary changes in your life. If you have questions about your personal worthiness, talk with your bishop.
Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple
Prayerfully study Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple. As you do, listen to and act on promptings that come to you from the Holy Ghost.
Learn from Others
Talk to family members, Church leaders, and other trusted friends about things they did that successfully prepared them for the temple.
Baptisms and Confirmations for the Dead
Research your family history and prepare names of ancestors for temple ordinances (see Family History and Youth website). Attend the temple as often as possible to participate in baptisms and confirmations for the dead.