House of the Lord
March 2002

“House of the Lord,” Friend, Mar. 2002, 40

House of the Lord

Establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God (D&C 88:119).

The Lord commands that temples be built so that His children can go somewhere reverent, feel the Holy Ghost, and be taught. Elder Franklin D. Richards, a former member of the Seventy, said: “In the temple there is an influence and spirit that touches the minds, hearts, and souls of those present. Yes, it is truly the House of the Lord.”*

The temple invites the Spirit because it has been dedicated as the Lord’s house. Only worthy members can enter. They pray with faith for guidance from Heavenly Father, and they pray as a group for those whose names are on the prayer roll (a list of people who need special blessings). Sometimes people come to the temple fasting so that they can understand the Spirit’s promptings more clearly.

Those who attend the temple must be careful to not drive away the Spirit by focusing on worldly things. Elder David B. Haight said that those who enter the temple should “be mindful that feelings of anger, hostility, fear, frustration, haste, or any preoccupation with matters outside the temple will interfere with [their] ability to fully partake of the … feast of the Spirit. Those kinds of feelings are left outside the temple when we enter.”

We can prepare now to think about Jesus Christ when we are in the temple by thinking about Him during the sacrament. We can also prepare to learn in the Lord’s house by building our testimonies and by fasting on fast Sunday. If we are spiritually prepared to attend the house of the Lord, our faith will be strengthened and we will recognize the Holy Ghost teaching us.

Dot to dot

To remind you that the temple is the house of the Lord, complete this dot-to-dot picture, then color it. (Dot to dot by Mark Robison.)

  • Ensign, November 1986, page 72.

  • Ensign, May 1992, page 15.

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