Temple Photo Challenge
*Post is written in behalf of my Family100 College class. Quotes and material are found from ‘Successful Marriages and Families – Proclamation Principles and Research Perspectives,’ Chapter 16 They Cannot Be Lost: Temple Covenants Save Families.
Seal – (noun) : a device or substance that is used to join two things together so as to prevent them from coming apart or to prevent anything from passing between them.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints uses the term “seal” to define the marriage covenant (promise) that worthy members participate in at one of the Holy Temples. Temples are where a husband and wife can get “sealed” to one another for time and all eternity. Like the definition explains, the couple is joined together with a strong bond that will last through eternity. The children that are then born to the couple are placed under the same sealing. Those families who join the church without a temple marriage have the opportunity to take everyone in their family to the temple to get sealed to one another.
I have always known this about a sealing, but what I didn’t realize is that the sealing provides more help to us in our current life than we realize! This chapter was truly eye opening and can be very reassuring to parents. Especially parents of wayward children.
“President Boyd K. Packer emphasized the binding power of the sealing ordinance in a 2008 Worldwide Leadership Training Meeting: Now, sometimes there are those that are lost. We have the promise of the prophets that they are not lost permanently, that if they are sealed in the temple ordinances and if the covenants are kept [by the parents], in due time, after all the correction that’s necessary too be given, that they will not be lost (2008, p. 9).” (pg. 169)
If we as parents keep the covenants (promises) that we made with God in the temple, then we can be sure that our children will never “be lost permanently.” Do not underestimate the power of a righteous parent. I know somedays you wonder if you are good enough, but remember, you have been sealed (or have yet to be sealed!) and your family will be taken care of.
I am often reminded of the account of Alma and his wayward son Alma, found in the Book of Mormon. In this account, Alma the younger was a rebellious youth even though his father was an extremely righteous person. Alma the elder would pray constantly that his son might “be brought to the knowledge of truth.” One day an angel appeared to his son…
Mosiah 27:14 “And again, the angel said: Behold, the Lord hath heard the prayers of his people, and also the prayers of his servant, Alma, who is thy father; for he has prayed with much faith concerning thee that thou mightest be brought to the knowledge of the truth; therefore, for this purpose have I come to convince thee of the power and authority of God, that the prayers of his servants might be answered according to their faith. ”
Alma changed his ways and went on to become a righteous ruler. To read the full account click this link https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/mosiah/27?lang=eng
“Latter-day prophets and apostles assure us that the Atonement and sealing ordinances are sufficiently powerful to eventually bring salvation to the children of parents who diligently seek to keep their temple covenants. The Prophet Joseph Smith promised that “when a seal is put upon the father and mother, it secures their posterity, so that they cannot be lost, but will be saved by virtue of the covenant of their father and mother” (1976, p. 321). Of course, Latter-day Saints understand understand that exaltation is more than salvation; God will righteously and mercifully judge the ultimate reward of these who have strayed from the gospel path in this life (Faust, 2003).” ( pg. 169)
If we do our part and do all we can, our children “will be saved by virtue and covenant of their father and mother.” Hence the title of this chapter, They Cannot Be Lost: Temple Covenants Save Families.
Let us remind ourselves constantly of the covenants that we have made. Or let us remind ourselves constantly of the covenants we WILL make some day. The best piece of advice that I have found in regards to having your home be a temple home is to place a picture of a temple in every room of the house. As followed by the advice of the prophet Spencer W. Kimball…
“It would be a fine thing if … parents would have in every bedroom in their house a picture of the temple so [their children] from the time [they are] infant[s] could look at the picture every day [until] it becomes a part of [their lives]. When [they reach] the age that [they need] to make [the] very important decision [concerning going to the temple], it will have already been made.” ~ Spencer W. Kimball
Will you place a picture of the temple in every room? I hope you will. I will! In fact, I have found a bunch of clever ways to incorporate temple decor into your home. So take some time to put up a temple wedding photo or DIY /buy some temple reminders for your home. And watch as the spirit more abundantly fills your home!