Refuge and Reality

by John H. Groberg

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When the heavy troubles of the “real world” bombard your soul, where do you go for refuge?

The peace and safety of the temple make God's holy house a refuge for many world-weary Saints. When Elder John H. Groberg served as president of the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, he often encountered Church members who would express their regret at having to leave the temple and reenter the “real world.”

Through treasured experiences and stories, Elder Groberg affirms that the temple represents the “real world” of the eternities. He writes: “That which lasts forever is real; that which does not last forever is not real. The temple is the real world, not this temporal one.”

As we seek to know our real selves and to see the real beauty in the world and people around us, this inspirational volume will direct our understanding toward the eternal answers found in the temple. The hope and strength we need are there: Our mortal burdens are made light, empty longing is filled, and when we leave that holy place, we can take with us the “real world” comfort and power of heaven.

About the Author

John H. Groberg

Elder John H. Groberg is a native of Idaho Falls, Idaho. In April 1976, he was called to the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Prior to that time, Elder Groberg had served as a regional representative of the Twelve, a bishop, and a mission president in Tonga, where he had earlier served as a full-time missionary. He is the author of In the Eye of the Storm (on which the movie The Other Side of Heaven is based), The Fire of Faith, and Anytime, Anywhere. Elder Groberg and his wife, Jean, served as president and matron of the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple from 2005 to 2008. They are the parents of eleven children and reside in Bountiful, Utah.

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best temple book ever
By , Submitted on 2018-02-04

This book has been more insightful and inspiring than any other temple book I've read. I feel very blessed to have found this book.

This book is wonderful
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I am an ordinance worker in the Oakland California Temple. This book just goes straight to my heart. It is so well written. John Groberg is such a spiritual giant and so receptive to the spirit. I am loving every word of the book. I recommend it to everyone whether a temple recommend holder or not, it is so beautiful.

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

i have this book on my IPAD. But there were so many things that I wanted to save that I am buying it in hardcover so I can underline and make my own reference index...

The little stories he tells, have such a deep meaning..can you guess what my kids are getting for Christmas this year

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