New Harmony: Cleaning — not cleansing — latter-day temples

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  • JBJepp Toquerville, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 12:19 p.m.

    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.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Aug. 3, 2013 12:42 a.m.

    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 Temple?

  • fangflyer LAKE WALES, FL
    July 30, 2013 5:10 a.m.

    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 testimonies.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    July 24, 2013 3:59 p.m.

    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.