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In President Packer's characteristic warmth and authoritative manner, he examines in appropriate detail the doctrines and practices surrounding the holy temples that dot the world. This timely and valuable book will help members at every stage of life as it focuses on a temple's purpose, beauty, and the blessings it offers.
Part one offers the Lord's invitation: “Come to the temple.” It sets forth the requirements for attendance basically, preparation through worthiness and the attitude and behavior appropriate for those attending that holy place on the first and all subsequent occasions.
Part two deals in brief fashion with the ancient temples then turns to the central human figure in the work of the temple Elijah the Prophet, who anciently held the keys relative to the sealing power of the priesthood. Malachi's prophecy and the human tradition about Elijah's return in the latter days are impressively set forth.
About the Author
Boyd Kenneth Packer was the tenth of eleven children born to Ira and Emma Packer in Brigham City, Utah. After graduating from high school, he served as a pilot in the US Army Air Forces from 1942 to 1946. He served in the Pacific theater of World War II.
After the military, he attended Weber College (now Weber State University), where he met his wife, Donna (Smith). They married in the Logan Utah Temple in 1947 and had ten children. After their marriage, he attended Utah State University, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees and later an EdD from Brigham Young University.
He has served as a General Authority of the Church since 1961 and an Apostle and member of the Quorum of the Twelve since April 1970. He served as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve from 1994 to 2008 and was made President in January 2009.
In addition to his natural gift to teach, he was blessed with a remarkable gift as an artist. President Packer’s artistic bent and love of nature are as integrally a part of him as his spirituality, compassion, steadiness, and humor.
Excellent preparation for your Endowments.
by Beverly Claire - reviewed on January 25, 2005
I'm a fairly new convert and I try to learn as much as possible about the scriptures, etc. It is very important that I will be well prepared when the day comes to receive my Endowments. When I first opened this treasure, The Holy Temple, I thought the reading might be difficult reading. It was a marvelous and pleasant surprise that, once one opens this book, it's glorious contents open up an entirely new, sacred and precious 'world'. Elder Packer's writing style walks you through the Temple history, the purposes of Temple work and it's high importance in our lives. He tells us what is expected of us and what we can expect in a loving, gentle way without violating the sacredness of inner Temple life. He guides us through the prayerful preparation so, when we receive our Endowments, we will value and appreciate those Temple Blessings more fully. Once I picked up this excellent book, I found it difficult to put it down in order to take care of more temporal tasks in and outside of the home. I highly recommend this book to all who are preparing to receive their Endowments and to those who desire an excellent reference for teaching and preparing others.
Wonderful Temple prep book
by Monica - reviewed on October 23, 2008
This book is great for preparing anyone for the temple. It is also a good reminder book for people who haven't been in a long time.
a must read!
by Lindsay - reviewed on September 18, 2008
i loved reading this magnficent book. it teaches you so much and brings to ligght somethings you may never have thought about. President Packer has a way of writing that keeps you enthralled, and a desire for more. i recommend this book to all who desire to learn more about the temple either before their first visit, to tose who have already been to the temple.
by Customer - reviewed on September 25, 2008
This book was beautifully written. It is great to read during Family Home Evening, it adds to your lessons.
by John - reviewed on September 10, 2008
This is a beautiful edition of Elder Packer's excellent work on the Temple.
by Jill - reviewed on September 11, 2008
I read this book prior to going through the temple for the first time about nine years ago. I recommend it to everyone who is preparing to do the same. I gave a copy to a friend several thousand miles away who never gave it back...and was sad to know I'd never have it back. However, my sweet husband gave this beautiful copy as a gift last year for our wedding anniversary. I LOVE the simple way Pres. Packer talks about temples. It's a must for those who love the temple.
by Susan - reviewed on February 13, 2009
I am 19 yrs. old and I am preparing to receive my endowments. My grandma gave this book to me as a Christmas present, and I just think it is wonderful. It is a must read for any age group whether you're reading it as a preparatory book, or some bedtime reading. I have learned so many things that I either didn't know, or didn't understand before, because Elder Packer just has a way of explaining things so anyone can understand. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that has even the slightest interest in the Temple.
by Customer - reviewed on September 23, 2008
This book has always been a treasure, but the beautiful illustrations included in this edition from fine artists such as Al Rounds make this a keepsake as well. The illustrations are a wonderful addition.
by Travis - reviewed on October 02, 2008
This book should be read by every member who plans on ever attending the temple, or for those who have already gone through the temple. I especially feel that this book helps prepare individuals to receive their endowment and be properly prepared for what information lies within that holy sanctuary. It is a highly recommended book by a great author!
by Travis - reviewed on November 05, 2008
Such a comprehensive book about the temple! Such beautiful pictures inside. Beautiful cover and pages.
Must Have Book for All Temple Patrons!
by Michael - reviewed on June 15, 2009
This is a timeless, magnificent book that should be required reading for all who are preparing to attend the temple for the first time and the 1,000th time. It is easy to read and the information flows off the pages. Highly Recommended that you add this to your personal library.