Edited by classylady, 04 May 2011 - 02:53 PM.
What are the temporal blessings we receive from our temple sealing?
Posted 04 May 2011 - 02:50 PM
Posted 04 May 2011 - 08:38 PM
What are the temporal blessings we receive in this life from our temple sealing? My husband and I were discussing this the other night. We both pretty much understood the "eternal" blessings that we would receive in the next life. But, we're not as clear on what the temporal blessings are--what are the blessings we receive while in mortality? I can think of some intangibles, such as, a couple would work harder to make their marriage work knowing they have an eternal marriage. And, I have thought about the promise we've been given as parents that our children who have strayed will some day feel the "divine tentacles" of the spirit and will return--it may be in this life or the next. But, what about the couple themselves. Are there any specific blessings they receive while in mortality?
What greater blessings can there be, than to have assurance of greater joy in family relationships, if you continue faithful to the end? If you stay true to your temple covenants, you are promised that you will have joy beyond measure with your family and beloved friends, and an eternal increase.
This kind of assurance transforms my life. One of the greatest things about the gospel in my point of view, is how it enables us to have such a great perspective and attitude towards this life and the purpose of it.
I don't know what you mean exactly by temporal- or why we even need to distinguish temporal blessings from spiritual, or "intangible" blessings. To me, they are intermingled with each other.
Now, if you're looking for a guarantee of worldly success because you were sealed in the temple, that's not exactly what we have been promised. But we are promised some wonderful spiritual blessings, which in my opinion, often convert readily into temporal blessings.
As for me, I find greater strength of character and determination because I have taken those temple covenants upon me. And that's what this life is about - to become something greater. That's what I seek for, regardless of what temporal blessings the Lord may allow me to be blessed with.
Posted 04 May 2011 - 08:40 PM
Javajot, this is the reference: I copied it off of LDS.org
Joseph Smith (1805–44) First President of the Church
“The Prophet Joseph Smith declared—and he never taught a more comforting doctrine—that the eternal sealings of faithful parents and the divine promises made to them for valiant service in the Cause of Truth, would save not only themselves, but likewise their posterity. Though some of the sheep may wander, the eye of the Shepherd is upon them, and sooner or later they will feel the tentacles of Divine Providence reaching out after them and drawing them back to the fold. Either in this life or the life to come, they will return. They will have to pay their debt to justice; they will suffer for their sins; and may tread a thorny path; but if it leads them at last, like the penitent Prodigal, to a loving and forgiving father’s heart and home, the painful experience will not have been in vain. Pray for your careless and disobedient children; hold on to them with your faith. Hope on, trust on, till you see the salvation of God” (Orson F. Whitney, in Conference Report, Apr. 1929, 110).
I hope that helps.
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