HALEY LUCAS | Scroll Photography

HALEY LUCAS | Scroll Photography

President Thomas S. Monson started the Sunday morning session of the 185th General Conference focusing on temples.

President Monson began by announcing that this conference marks seven years of being sustained as President of the church. He said the years have been busy, have brought him a few challenges but have also brought many blessings.

He announced his recent dedication of the new Phoenix Arizona Temple in November of 2014. He expressed how precious temple dedications are to him.

“The building of temples is a very clear indication of the growth of the Church,” said President Monson. “We currently have one hundred and forty-four temples in operation worldwide, with five being renovated and thirteen under construction. In addition, thirteen temples which were previously announced are in various stages of preparation.”

President Monson said the church anticipates rededicating two temples, along with dedicating five new temples.

“We desire that as many members as possible have an opportunity to attend the temple without great sacrifices of time and resources,” President Monson said.

President Monson then went on to talk about how sacred and special temples are. He talked about entering through the temples and leaving our distractions behind.

“Inside this sacred sanctuary we find beauty and order,” President Monson said. “There is rest for our souls and a respite from the cares of our lives.

President Monson talked about the many trials and temptations we face in our lives. He said as we go to the temple and remember the covenants we have made, we will be better able to overcome our temptations and hardships.

“May our Heavenly Father bless us that we may have the spirit of temple worship, that we may be obedient to His commandments, and that we may follow carefully the steps of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ,” President Monson said