on friday evening i had the chance to attend a session at the perth temple, for the first time in a really long time. it was so wonderful to be there! to learn and to think in the quiet rooms. i have made a resolution to attend at least once a month this year (writing it down here, as a goal unwritten is simply a wish!) so i am officially one twelvth of the way there!
it's funny though, how you hear things you need to, when you need to... the relief society lesson on sunday was based on a talk entitled: shipshape and bristol fashion: be temple worthy in good times and bad times. it spoke of the importance of always holding a current temple recommend, regardless of whether your circumstances allowed you to attend the temple or not. 3 points i thought particularly important were 1. to practice righteous self control and conduct at all times 2. honouring the sabbath will increase righteousness and be a protection for the family 3. divine protections are provided when we are righteous. exactly that. when we are righteous. heavenly father loves his children, but he excepts us to be obedient and turn to him.
a sister in our class spoke of an experience where she had attended the wedding of a close family friend, had waited excitedly in the waiting room and then passed her recommend to the clerk at the desk, only to discover it had expired the day prior. she said she felt as one of the foolish virgins, who had not brought their oil and had been left outside. what an awful lesson to learn! but what a lifelong reminder to be prepared at all times to receive the blessings that can only be found within the walls of the temple.
i am so excited to attend the temple each month and know that i can and should do so, as this year will truly bring me closer to my father in heaven.