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Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.
A children’s hymn talks of the possibilities:
I have a family here on earth.
They are so good to me.
I want to share my life with them through all eternity.
While I am in my early years,
I’ll prepare most carefully,
So I can marry in God’s temple for eternity.
Families can be together forever
Through Heavenly Father’s plan.
I always want to be with my own family,
And the Lord has shown me how I can.
The Lord has shown me how I can.
In temples we are bound more specifically to Christ-like attributes by committing to keep covenants we have made there…one being the covenant of marriage and family. Some of these necessary attributes are described by the Apostle Peter: (2 Peter 1:4-8)
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A marriage brings blessings and challenges not heretofore experienced. If we can apply Christ-like attributes, in accordance with temple covenants, an eternal relationship will develop that can overcome all problems.
When difficulties and challenges come into our lives, as they will, the sacred ordinances and covenants of the temple can help us. Disagreements are inevitable in marriage, but if we can “disagree without being disagreeable,” we can work things out.
“The story is told that reporters were interviewing a man on his birthday. He had reached an advanced age. They asked him how he had done it.
He replied, “When my wife and I were married we determined that if we ever got in a quarrel one of us would leave the house. I attribute my longevity to the fact that I have breathed good fresh air throughout my married life.” (Slow to Anger, Gordon B. Hinckley, October 2007 General Conference)
If we can have patience and avoid saying things that are hurtful–go for a brief walk, or ‘count to ten’ before something is said that cannot be recalled–we will better approach the Christ-like relationship.
The temple marriage/sealing ordinance and related covenants give us great encouragement to solve problems, rather than to give up. The knowledge that the Savior is on our side and that through the Atonement He can lighten our burdens can be a great comfort.
I know that our Father in Heaven loves us and wants all to return to Him. He sent His Son to facilitate that return, and has provided the sacred ordinances and covenants of the temple to help us on our way.
David W. Dibb
Scientist and Association Executive: Soil Chemistry/Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Married to my sweetheart Vivian for almost 46 years
4 wonderful children, 7 even better grandchildren
2 missions: North Argentina; South Africa Durban
15 years of temple service and counting
(Highest credential of honor: My dad)
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14 thoughts on “Sacred Covenants and Holy Temples, by David Dibb”
Just last night, I asked Joel why he leaves the garage door open all the time lately. He said : “The weather is just beautiful outside, and i like to go outside every once in a while and breathe it in. Without having to actually go outside.” hmmmmm….
Very good post. Tons to think about.
Love this. All of it–including the author. I’m missing my extended family today. And the colorful Fall mountains. Go outside and breathe some fresh air and look at them for me, will you?
Great post I love the photos, the quotes, and the insights. I LOVE the temple! I have the great blessing in my life of working in the office of our temple a few days each week. I love being on the front lines, so to speak, of all that goes on each day…marriages, families being sealed for eternity, missionaries and brides receiving (not taking out) their endowments are sweet experiences. It is a testimony to me of the purpose of families and God’s great plan to save each family and person. Beautiful! Thank-you.
Disagreements are inevitable in marriage, but if we can “disagree without being disagreeable,” we can work things out. I love this!
Beautiful. I love the different perspectives offered during this celebration causing me to look more closely at the proclamation. Simply beautiful!
Keeping our eye on that eternal relationship has really helped us in our marriage. When you keep an eternal perspective the little petty things just don’t seem to matter anymore.
Needed that one today.
Love it. My husband and I were just sealed in the Draper temple 3 months ago after 6 years of marriage. It was awesome. Now he is stuck with me FOREVER 🙂
Thank you for your inspired words on the sacred covenants we make with our eternal companion. Your comments were really what I needed to hear today. Thank You!
I especially like the “disagree without being disagreeable” line. I lost my temper once (only once;)) and ended up throwing a tantrum. My dear husband handled it well and I felt awful afterward. I learned my lesson. I really try to talk things out with myself first to decide if it is really a big deal before bringing the issue up with him. We are calm about it and are able to nurture our relationship and grow closer to one another.
Very encouraging! I feel very blessed in my marriage. My husband is a source of strength as he helps me figure out how, as an only child, to change my self-centeredness to become more family-centered. the Christ-like attributes are a great reminder, too.
Thank you so much for this one. I too love the line we can disagree without being disagreeable. That is my goal for next year.
Thanks for sharing this, I love the part about “disagreeing without being disagreeable” wise council. Also the ‘fresh air” remark, we can all use a little fresh air at times and in those instances a little can go a long way. What a wonderful post…
Ahem. What’s with the “even better” comment regarding grandchildren vs. children?? Sheesh! 😉