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.
Elijah’s return and all that it means for the happiness and salvation of man-kind are the themes of parts three and four. Following early Restoration scenes, the Kirtland Temple is built at great personal sacrifice. Dedicated, it fulfills a major purpose in the glorious visions of April 3, 1836, the Savior himself introducing three heavenly beings who then convey priesthood keys. One of these is Elijah. Thereafter the revelations progressively develop the doctrine of temple work for both the living and the dead; under divine direction temple ceremonies are introduced, and participants eagerly flock to the Nauvoo Temple; through President Wilford Woodruff the supporting work of lineage linking is clarified by revelation; and the spirit of Elijah is manifest both in and out of the Church as genealogical research and temple work blossom, temples multiply, and those beyond the veil assist those involved in the work here.
Fine illustrations enhance a motivational text filled with valuable concepts for the Latter-day Saint. The endowment with its sacred covenants and its elevating symbolic instruction, the sealing ordinance, and the other temple ceremonies are discussed sensitively and authoritatively. Written direct to the reader, this is an outstanding book on a subject crucial to every child of God.
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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.
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.
Such a comprehensive book about the temple! Such beautiful pictures inside. Beautiful cover and pages.