Today I want to share with you the “I Love to See the Temple: 21 Day Challenge.”
I was so grateful last Wednesday when I had a window of time open up so that I could spontaneously escape to the newly dedicated Provo City Center temple. It was the second day since it had opened and there was a lot of energy and excitement about being in a new temple, along with a heavily stocked group of new temple workers that were not quite sure what they were doing. Needless to say, we were all thrilled to be there!
Prior to leaving for the temple I knew I needed to go. I was having a pretty stressful week, and I had a feeling that a couple of hours in the temple would be helpful to calm my worries. In the last 6 months I have felt prompted over and over to make the temple a greater focus in my life. Today I want to share with you a message that has really impacted my desire and motivation to do this.
Recently my aunt shared with me a wonderful talk by Sister Wendy Watson Nelson called My Soul Delighteth in the Covenants of the Lord, which was given at the 2015 BYU Women’s Conference. In this talk she shares a story of a friend that had contacted her prior to a lesson she was going to give in church on the topic of stress. This friend had conducted a study among the sisters in her ward to find out what their stress levels were like and what was the cause of their anxiousness. The results were not very positive. When she shared what these women were experiencing I could instantly relate. I was laughing today as I was creating this image below, because it is not a very positive quote, but I wanted to share it because I think it will resonate with many of us. It sure did with me!
These young mothers proved that it works. It works for women who have made covenants with God! When covenant women keep their covenants, they have greater access to the power of God. His power, generates a decrease in stress, an increase in energy, more and clearer revelation for their lives, renewed focus, courage to make needed changes, an increase in patience, and more time for what matters.”
I love that quote! I am so desperate for those blessing right now in my life! I am sure that many of us are. This question from Sister Nelson has been echoing over and over in my mind since hearing it a few months ago.
Would you be willing to try an experiment? What would happen if… we each selected a 21-day period of time and then…increased the time we spend in temple work and in family history work during those 21 days? What blessings, miracles, and other positive changes would come to our lives?”
Attend the temple as often as possible.
Prepare family names to take to the temple on Family Search.
Learn how to Index names.
Choose a family history project.
Draw or paint a picture of the temple.
Write in your journal about a special experience you have had while visiting the temple.
Share the blessings that you have had from temple attendance with your spouse, your children, a friend, or a parent.
Have a picnic on the temple grounds.
Exercise in the neighborhood of a temple.
Index a batch of names.
Travel to the temple or temples in your areas and have a photo-shoot.
Make a collage of your favorites temple pictures and save it as your desktop..
Get together with extended family for a family history day, record stories, take pictures, and learning more about your ancestors.
Buy a picture of the temple to put in your home.
Have a temple day! Try to do as much temple work that you can. Start with baptisms and move through every ordinance.
Organize and digitize old family photos. (LDS Family History Libraries offer their scanners for FREE!!)
Digitize an ancestors journal or life story. (LDS Family History Libraries offer their scanners for FREE!!)
Read an ancestors life story.
Study ancient and modern prophet’s words on the blessings of the temple.
Do a temple puzzle as a family.
Memorize a quote about the temple.
Mark the temples on a world map and a US map.
Look at all the temples around the world.
Watch “Sacred Temple Clothing” with your family
Watch “Why Mormon’s Build Temples” with your family.
Think of words from the temple that you want to understand better. Study them in your scriptures and in the 1829 Webster’s dictionary.
Visit a temple you have never been to.
Visit a temple visitors center with your family.
Take a teenager to do baptisms for the dead.
Browse all the temples under construction.
Post a picture of your family by a temple on social media.
Go to a Family History Library and ask the awesome missionaries for help.
Babysit for someone who would love to get to the temple.
I Love to See the Temple: 21 Day Challenge Ideas:
Kendra at The Things I Love Most created this FREE printable and is joining us for the 21 Day Temple Challenge, you create this as one of your challenges!