Kirtland Temple Challenge

Wednesday, April 3

4-3By Greg Savage of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA

Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness abide in the fruitful field. The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.

—Isaiah 32:16–17

The 175th anniversary of dedicating the Kirtland Temple was my third visit there. During the Sunday sermon, church President Stephen M. Veazey said:

The Kirtland Temple story also challenges us to prepare better as disciples, priesthood, and leaders to share the gospel story with the world…The Kirtland Temple story also tells us that local and worldwide church mission walk hand-in-hand.

President Veazey went on to state that in this House of the Lord, Joseph Smith Jr. called Heber C. Kimball to go on the first overseas mission to England. At that point, my thoughts wandered back to the first time that I visited the Kirtland Temple.

I had just graduated from Graceland College. Two friends, Don Salyards and Les Blanchard, and I had decided to go to Europe for a couple of months. As we headed east to New York to catch our charter, we included a Kirtland Temple stop.

I recall going up the steps into the foyer behind our guide. The entire tour group got quiet. We followed the guide from room to room with reverence, respect, and awe, sensing the spiritual dedication and commitment of those early Saints. After the tour, the guide took us aside and gave us permission to go back into the sanctuary to sit, meditate, and pray.

After that experience, we sat on a pier on Lake Erie to reflect and talk. We decided we would look up the church’s local congregations whenever we could during our summer travels. Little did I know that this was the beginning of a two-year journey of discipleship formation of meeting and worshiping with Saints from the British Isles, Holland, and Germany, learning that God is universal and inclusive.

The sacred story of the Kirtland Temple touched my life in such a deep way that it continues to guide me on my life’s journey.

Prayer for Peace
God of our history and future, may we abide in your presence. May the ministries of the temples form disciples of Christ and send them to share his peace.

Spiritual Practice: Praying for Leadership of the Church
An important spiritual practice for disciples is praying for members of the body of Christ, particularly those who carry leadership responsibilities. Ask God to guide your awareness to persons who lead the community of faith at congregational, mission center, and World Church levels. See or sense these persons and ask for insight into any particular physical, emotional, or spiritual needs they may have. Pray for God’s outpouring of grace on each servant leader who comes to mind.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will share the gospel story.

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  1. Vera Entwistle

     /  3 April 2013

    Your testimony touched me as Brian and I are taking part in the Historic Properties tour this October and I have been anticipating our visit to Kirtland Temple. Thanks for sharing, Greg. Vera Entwistle


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