During the weekly Tuesday Devotional June 2, Elder William R. Walker, an emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke to BYU-Idaho students about the importance of temples.
During his talk, Elder Walker referenced many leaders of the Church in their explanation of temples.
“President Howard W. Hunter challenged us to look to the temple of the Lord as the great symbol of your membership of the Church,” Elder Walker said.
Elder Walker said every Latter-day Saint should know he is on his way back to God.
“We know that God gave us the temples as a means to find our way back,” Elder Walker said.
He said temples are the Houses of the Lord and that we should strive to go to the temple as much as possible.
“The prophet Joseph Smith spoke of celestial thrones – that is what our Father in Heaven has in store for us,” Elder Walker said.
Elder Walker also spoke of the importance of teaching children the significance of temples and attending the temple regularly.
“It is interesting to me that children who have never been inside the temple view it with such high esteem,” Elder Walker said.
Elder Walker recalled a story of when he attended a temple dedication with President Thomas S. Monson. He quoted President Monson, “When children touch the temple, the temple will touch them.”
Elder Walker advised current and future parents to teach their children of the importance of the temple because children are more sensitive to promptings of the spirit when things of the world have not yet affected them.
He then referenced a talk by President Spencer W. Kimball when he advised youth to keep a picture of the temple in their bedroom to remind them of the beauty and importance of the House of the Lord.
He spoke of the importance of the sealing power, which takes place in the temple.
“’Until death do us part’ has very little appeal to those who love each other with all their hearts,” Elder Walker said.
Elder Walker spoke of a time when he was with President Gordon B. Hinckley in Korea speaking to a congregation shortly after his wife, Marjorie, passed away.
He said President Hinckley was not disheartened by the passing of his wife because they had been sealed together in the House of the Lord.
“We went to the temple and we knelt at the alter and we were sealed for time and all eternity,” President Hinckley said. “She is mine and I am hers and it won’t be long until we are together again.”
Elder Walker encouraged members of the Church to go to the temple regularly to receive the blessings of the temple and to feel a greater appreciation for their ancestors and the people who went on before them.
He said members should always strive to never let their temple recommend expire.
“An expired recommend is not a valid recommend,” Elder Walker said.
He said when members of the Church attend the temple, they are able to draw nearer to God and be more like Him.
Elder Walker said members can research temples further by studying Sections 109 and 110 and the first 55 verses of Section 124 of the Doctrine and Covenants.
“May the temple help us to always remember Him,” Elder Walker said. “May the temple help us to always love the Lord.”