A few years ago, my bishop assigned me to take charge of a month long assignment
to clean our local temple three times a week. It was wonderful being in the
temple that frequently; the fact that I was cleaning and not performing
ordinances didn't matter. It was also frustrating how challenging it was
to find people to assist in the cleaning. It was amazing all the excuses that
people had for not helping. One individual was available during the allotted
times, but had a busy week coming up in a couple of weeks and thought it best to
just stay home and prepare for that. And so, one day, just myself and one other
brother who called in to work and told them he'd be late - were the only
ones to clean that day.In past years some members worried that
knowing first hand that the temple got dirty would ruin their temple experience.
For me, just being in the temple is reward enough whether I'm cleaning the
temple, or it is cleaning me.
It has been my experience that opportunities for service are fleeting and
fragile. When we respond, that is when we are blessed in that act of service.
All of us are increasingly busy, but taking the time to serve and help is what
refines, improves and allows us to live the principles we study, teach and
testify of to our family and friends. Example and action are the strongest
Interesting that the photo is of the Brigham City Temple when the writer talks
about the St. George Temple. Don't you have a file photo of the St. George
I simply want to thank the author for such a simple but beautiful insight. The
thought expressed how wonderful it would be that as we seek to help others such
as our spouses, or realize others are seeking to help us be just a little be
better by noticing the small smudges.., rather than seemingly delighted that
they have found something to criticize.