Temple worship is essential for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the temple, faithful members learn more about the plan of salvation, make sacred covenants and draw closer to God.
But at certain times — like during the summer — when schedules are particularly packed and weeks go by quickly, it can be difficult to set aside enough hours for temple worship. And some members, through various circumstances, may be unable to attend the temple for a time. When that happens, there are still ways to enhance temple worship at home. Here are some ideas.
Read books about the temple
“The Holy Temple” by Boyd K. Packer is a classic for a reason. This volume teaches readers about the LDS temple in appropriate detail, both generally and specifically. The doctrines, practices, ordinances and symbols of the temple “are discussed sensitively and authoritatively,” according to the book’s description.
Other books about the temple are also available for individual study.
Prepare family names for temple work
In his 2016 general conference address, “See Yourself in the Temple,” Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve taught that the spirit felt in the temple can also be available to those engaging in family history research. He said, “Often in the temple, and as we engage in family history research, we feel promptings and have impressions from the Holy Ghost.”
If it’s difficult to get to the temple, find a few minutes to spend on FamilySearch.org researching your family. Preparing the names of ancestors for temple ordinances is half of temple worship. Elder Richard G. Scott, Quorum of the Twelve, taught, “Temple and family history work is one work divided into two parts. They are connected together like the ordinances of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
Focus your scriputre study on temples
Temples are mentioned frequently throughout the scriptures. Study about ancient temples, why they were built, and what ancient people did inside them.
To further enhance this scripture study, consider making a list of words and phrases you hear in the temple that are unfamiliar to you, then study them. When you go back to the temple, remember what you learned and see how your understanding grows.
Teach others about the temple
They say those who can’t do teach. If you can’t make it to the temple as often as you’d like, teaching others about the joy of temple service can remind you of the spirit you feel in the temple and enhance your understanding of the importance of temples.
Teach others appropriate lessons about the temple in family home evening, church lessons or with the full-time missionaries. Hang pictures of the temple in your home and talk about the temple with your children.
Record your experiences in your journal
Writing is an effective learning tool. When you come home from the temple, try to find a few minutes to record your experience in your journal. As appropriate, list the things you learned and describe the spirit you felt. When your schedule gets busier and visits to the temple become more sparse, re-reading these journal entries can keep memories of the temple fresh.