Sacrifices of Joy
Psalm 27:4, 6
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.
And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.
Temple worship has always required sacrifice and it always will. The early Saints gave one of every ten days to build the temple in Nauvoo with their own hands. Today we have to sacrifice our time and often money to miss work and drive to the temple for the day.
It is a privilege to be able to make these sacrifices. The blessings of the temple far, far outweigh anything we give up to attend. But, experience in the temple go beyond simply attending — we must go to worship and to advance the work of the Lord, the work of salvation for ourselves and for others. This is a most precious opportunity.
“Through the temple, the Lord will manifest himself to you, He will answer your prayers, and he will bless you and your family for generations. That is a promise.”
-President Lunt of the Louisville, Kentucky Temple