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
Interesting fact shared in Sunday School today:
Since the beginning of mankind, <1% of people have been members of our church.
We’ve got an awful lot of temple work to do…
Temple Work Question
With all of the media hubbub lately about LDS posthumous baptisms, the church has been making a point of reiterating the policies for submitting names for proxy temple ordinances. (There was a letter from the First Presidency about it read during all sacrament meetings worldwide last week, everyone who participates in genealogical indexing got an email about it, etc.)
I have’t submitted any names yet and it’s not something I’ll probably do in the super near future (though I’ll do as much of my family tree as I can when I can) but I’ve got a question.
The big issue lately is that people have been submitting names of people who aren’t their own ancestors. They’ve been breaking the clearly stated church rules about submitting names from “unauthorized groups such as celebrities and Jewish Holocaust victims.”
My question is: What other groups are unauthorized? The wording “such as” (and I actually looked up the grammar on this because I’m a nerd and I had to double check myself) indicates that there are more unauthorized groups, but they’re not mentioned. I even downloaded the family history leadership guide to try to find out but it didn’t mention anything about this.
Chances are, if I’m doing work for my own ancestors (with proper approval from their living children if they still have any!), I’m fine. But I’m really curious about this. It’s important information.
Does anyone have any insight about this? Help a sister out?