GCBC Week 11: Temple Mirrors of Eternity

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“Temple Mirrors of Eternity: A Testimony of Family”
Elder Gerrit W. Gong
Of the Seventy

“An eternal perspective of gospel conversion and temple covenants can help us see rich blessings in each generation of our forever families.”

I haven’t read this one yet, so I’ll save my thoughts for the comment thread, but I did go to the temple last week and have to confirm that the temple actually does solidify our love for our family:  current, past and future family.

What are your favorite principles or quotes from this talk?  Is there anything you learned here that you had not considered before?  What stood out to you as you studied it?  And, most importantly, what did it make you feel or want to do?

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10 thoughts on “GCBC Week 11: Temple Mirrors of Eternity

  1. I am so impressed with his geneaology–the Chinese were good record keepers.

    I also liked this, “Infinite and eternal, only our Savior’s Atonement transcends time and space to swallow up death, anger, bitterness, unfairness, loneliness, and heartbreak. Sometimes things go wrong even though we have done our very best. A Lamb innocent and pure, our Savior weeps with and for us.”

    It really resonates with what I’m going through right now. The Atonement is so amazing.

  2. I loved the imagery of the temple mirrors- one way showing us as daughters, grand-daughters and great grand-daughters, with the other side showing us as mothers. Reminds me of all the ways we are bound together as families.

  3. Other than making me want to perfect the art of bread making … I am very motivated by his description of his ancestry to continue work on my own. Perhaps the Danes and Brits weren’t as good at record keeping, but there has to be something somewhere to keep our lines going.

  4. This may seem like a flippant answer, but it isn’t – I loved that he called Brother de Jong’s “Grandpa” – even though he wasn’t. An extra set of “grandparents” can change a kid’s world. Did for me.

  5. I love the reminder of the temple mirrors, that we go on in both directions as daughters, grand daughters and then as mothers and grandmothers in the other. My favorite quote from the talk was “Sometime things go wrong even though we have done our best.”

  6. I absolutely loved this talk. It makes me remember that being the only member in my family is just the beginning of all generations.
    I wish I was closer to the temple. I know many more people are farther away that me, and in the grand scheme of things we aren’t far at all. It still is a barrier for me to go as often as we want. I hope that this upcoming year the Lord opens up a way to go to the temple more often. I love to look into those mirrors and ponder eternity…although I will admit…my brain does not comprehend all that it will be and can be.

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  7. This talk made me feel a bit guilty for not working on my family history more vigorously. Although I have to say, Asia is one of the hardest genealogy lines to search. Not that I’m making excuses… I’m just saying.

    One quote I loved was: “Please remember: as we reach out to each sister or brother, we bless generations.” I think we forget how much missionary work effects generations. Missionary work and temple work/genealogy are so intertwined, it is difficult to do one without doing the other.

    I need to get my rear end in gear and back up to date on my temple work! Also: I’m pretty close to giving a Book of Mormon away… and I know Satan doesn’t want me to do it (i.e. I’m scared to do it), but I know it will bless generations! :):):)

  8. I liked the direction he took this talk. Starting with temples and family history, he explained how our lives are so much more than the here and now. Then he went on to describe the Savior: his love, compassion, and Atonement allows us to draw closer to our Father in Heaven. I like the reminder of drawing close to our earthly families and our heavenly families.

  9. I love how Elder Gong described the temple mirrors as reminders to us of our “divine nature and destiny” and how the temple is available for us to accept sacred ordinances and covenants so that we can return to our Heavenly Fathers presence.

    One of the thoughts I had is, when we, attend the temple and learn of our “divine nature and destiny” we are better equiped and able to assist our own children learn their importance and “destiny” within our families and Gods kingdom.

  10. My favorite quote: “In temple mirrors of eternity, I began to understand my wife and myself as children of our parents and parents to our children, as grandchildren of our grandparents and grandparents to our grandchildren.”

    Temples do make me love my family more. Because of my family I have something to live forever for. The quote above did put words to thoughts or feelings i’ve had before. I just think the cirlce of eternity is beautiful.

    I want to continue to live my life worthily so I can enter into the beautiful sacred walls of the temple. It’s an everyday commitment, one we must renew within ourselves often. It’s also a challenge to get to the temple as a mother, but It’s vital to the development of our families.

    Great talk!

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