Today is a very happy day for me. The LDS Jordan River Temple has been re-dedicated and will be opening for regular temple service this coming Tuesday, May 22nd at 5:00 am. DH and DD1 and I were able to attend one of the three dedicatory services this morning. The service was wonderful, and I came away with a renewed commitment to make regular temple attendance a priority, hopefully THE priority of my life. Throughout the history of the world, the Lord has provided sacred temples for his people to visit, draw closer to him, learn more of him, and make essential, eternal covenants: The Tabernacle of Ancient Israel, Solomon's Temple, and Herod's temple in Jerusalem where Jesus Christ visited many times during his life.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is know as a temple building church. Latter Day Saint Temples are different from the meeting houses where we hold our weekly meetings. Marriages are performed there, but other sealing ordinances are performed by proxy by worthy members in behalf of deceased family members who may not have had the opportunity to receive these ordinances for themselves. Members of our church have often made great personal sacrifices in order to contribute to, build and to attend the Temple. There are currently 159 functioning LDS Temples all over the world, with more under construction or announced. I have not had the opportunity to visit each of these temples, but there are several temples that I have visited often and that hold a special place in my heart.
Another temple that is very close to my heart is the Barranquilla, Colombia Temple, which is currently under construction, very close to being completed. This temple is being built very near the neighborhoods where I lived and worked as a missionary for six months during my year and a half mission to the country of Colombia and met many wonderful people! I don't know that I will ever have the chance to return to the beautiful city of Barranquilla or the country of Colombia, but I am so very grateful that the blessings of the temple are being made available to these beautiful people.
There are many other special temples all over this country that I have visited at different times, and I hope to be able to visit many more during the coming years. But the blessing of this happy day is that beginning this coming week, I will once again be able to make the short fifteen minute drive to the Jordan River Temple!
Read more about LDS Temples here.