I Love To See The Memphis Temple
Going to the temple is a big deal for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is the culmination of years spent hearing about the temple, studying it, and preparing ourselves to enter it.
Having been a member since 2008, my only experience in the Memphis Temple was to perform baptisms.
Life as a Convert and son, Losh, in front of Memphis Temple sign on a recent trip to do baptisms.
While the experience was good, it left me wanting more, not to mention I felt out of place being one of the only un-endowed adults present (endowed members are those who have previously been through the temple).
The particular temple assigned to our church is the Memphis Temple, located in Memphis, Tennessee, about 2.5 hours away. The Memphis Temple just so happens to be closing for remodeling at the end of the month. With that in mind, I have felt an increasing desire to get there before it closed.
There wasn’t one specific reason I wanted to go, but a few stuck out in my mind more than others. Since I joined the church, I have wanted to go. To me, it felt like I wasn’t a complete member until I went through the temple. So here are a few reasons why I made going to the temple a priority.
Having been in the church for many years, and being taught so many things about what goes on in the temple, but not having experienced it for myself left me curious. I wanted to be in the know. I wanted to experience the temple for myself. And I wanted to know just what happened in that Holy place anyway?
“The ordinances and ceremonies of the temple are simple. They are beautiful. They are sacred. They are kept confidential lest they be given to those who are unprepared. Curiosity is not a preparation.” LDS.org
Garments are to Mormons what the Hijab is to a Muslim. It is an outer expression of an inner commitment. At one time, I showed my commitment with head covering. Then I became somewhat of the world and wanted to express myself with my hair styles. I quit covering (for that and many other reasons) and though I occasionally wore covers, the experience just wasn’t the same. There is something magical about putting on a piece of fabric every single day knowing that it symbolizes your commitment to your Heavenly Father and I wanted to experience that with the garments.
“Wearing the temple garment has deep symbolic significance. It represents a continuing commitment. Just as the Savior exemplified the need to endure to the end, we wear the garment faithfully as part of the enduring armor of God. Thus we demonstrate our faith in Him and in His eternal covenants with us.” – LDS.org
We are promised blessings when we follow Heavenly Father’s commandments. Some of these blessings are contingent upon covenants we make and our obedience to those covenants. A few blessings that come to mind are those from tithing, church attendance, serving others, and fulfilling our callings. When we do each of these things, we are blessed. Going through the temple awards us extra blessings. Who am I to say no to extra blessings?!
“Those who understand the eternal blessings which come from the temple know that no sacrifice is too great, no price too heavy, no struggle too difficult in order to receive those blessings.” – President Thomas S. Monson
To Feel The Spirit
I’ve always had a unique relationship with and a strong testimony of the Holy Spirit. I’ve felt it strongly, and often and never questioned if it existed or where it came from. To know that I could feel that, but much stronger at the temple was very appealing to me… so I did it.. I became worthy and got my temple recommend which was my ticket into the Memphis Temple.
My First Impressions
I recently fulfilled my desire to participate in the sacred ordinances within the Memphis Temple. To say it was an experience I will never forget is an understatement. It was wonderful. I am so grateful that I was able to get over myself and a few of my selfish habits in order to enter the temple as a worthy member and receive my endowments.
Life as a Convert at the Memphis Temple
If you are preparing to enter the temple for the first time I encourage you to participate in the Temple Prep class provided by the church as well as read the following articles:
Temples Reflect the Savior’s Love for Us
Personal Preparation for Temple Blessings
Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple
Turn toward the Temple
May God bless you as you progress in your journey to the temple and all that it has to offer.