…for there is great need of the spiritual awakening that will be engendered by the ministries experienced within its walls. (Doctrine and Covenants 156:3)
Indeed these ministries shall be the means of great blessing for you…The priesthood offices already provided for in my church have always had the potential of supplying these blessings. Some of their functions, however, will be expanded and given additional meaning as the purposes of Temple ministries are revealed more fully. (Doctrine and Covenants 156:4)
Look especially to the sacraments to enrich the spiritual life of the body. Seek for greater understanding of my purposes in these sacred rites and prepare to receive a renewed confirmation of the presence of my Spirit in your experiences of worship. (Doctrine and Covenants 156:11c)
And it shall be a place in which the essential meaning of the Restoration as healing and redeeming agent is given new life and understanding, inspired by the life and witness of the Redeemer of the world. (Doctrine and Covenants 156:5e)
Be respectful of tradition. Do not fail to listen attentively to the telling of the sacred story, for the story of scripture and faith empowers and illuminates. (Doctrine and Covenants 161:5)
The Temple shall be dedicated to the pursuit of peace. It shall be for reconciliation and for healing of the spirit. It shall also be for a strengthening of faith and preparation for witness. By its ministries an attitude of wholeness of body, mind, and spirit as a desirable end toward which to strive will be fostered. (Doctrine and Covenants 156:5a-c)
- What questions came to mind as you listened to President Veazey?
- How do you, individually or as part of a group or congregation, feel called to respond to God’s invitation?
- How do we experience God’s invitation through the Sacraments?
- Spiritual awakening allows one to be open and invites God to enter. How have you experienced spiritual awakening?
- Who is God calling us to be?
- Where is God calling you?
- How do you envision hope being revived?
- How are your biases limiting your experiences with God?
- When have you found yourself in a “valley of dry bones” situation?
- What opportunities for your congregation came to mind this evening as you listened to the challenges presented?