Through the Doors of the Temple

Friday, February 28

2-28By Karen Moreland of Independence, Missouri, USA

Generously share the invitation, ministries, and sacraments through which people can encounter the Living Christ who heals and reconciles through redemptive relationships in sacred community. The restoring of persons to healthy or righteous relationships with God, others, themselves, and the earth is at the heart of the purpose of your journey as a people of faith.

—Doctrine and Covenants 163:2b

Recently three young adults entered the Temple in Independence. It was cold outside. They had come in to keep warm and to hang out until their ride showed up. I invited them to a tour of the building with one of our guides. They accepted.

After the tour one woman came to the counter with tears streaming down her face. “This has been a wonderful day in my life, on a day which would have been sad.” She shared that they were waiting for her dad to pick them up to visit her mother, who was dying. “This is the last time I will be able to see my mom,” she sobbed. “I thank you for letting us hang out until our ride arrived; I have never felt such loving peace.”

We may never know the pain people bear when they walk through the doors of the Temple or the doors of our congregations. However, I can testify that once they emerge from the sanctuary of God’s loving peace, the Spirit’s touch transforms not just their day, but perhaps their lives.

Prayer for Peace
God of hospitality, help us, as disciples of Christ, to open our arms wide and welcome all. We know they come, not just for shelter, but to be embraced with Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: Invite People to Christ
Read and reflect on Doctrine and Covenants 162:3b and 163:2b. Pray to be aware of people who might be receptive, and therefore blessed, by your sharing of the message of the Living Christ. Imagine being in relationship with them and inviting them to Christ. In preparation, discover your personal testimony of Christ. “Be persistent in your witness and diligent in your mission to the world.” Repeat this mantra throughout the day: “Christ’s mission, our mission, my mission.”

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will welcome any opportunity to serve.

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