Temple blessings are important for each and every one of us. In order that all may receive the blessings of the temple, the Lord has provided a way that we can help those who do not have the means to travel to a temple. In 1992, the First Presidency established the General Temple Patron Assistance Fund to assist members from economically disadvantaged areas of the world to attend the temple. 1 The desire is that they receive their own ordinances as soon as feasible. Approval has recently been given for Temple Patron Assistance Fund to be used to assist an immediate family member to attend the temple with the member being endowed. The fund is supported by donations received from members who voluntarily give of their means to help their fellow brothers and sisters. This contribution is above and beyond tithes and a generous fast offering. This is truly an act of godliness, brotherly kindness, devotion, charity, and love, as members offer sacred offerings to God in behalf of others.
Members who need assistance from the Temple Patron Assistance Fund are encouraged to contact their local priesthood leaders.
In the temple, through His presence and our drawing closer to the Spirit through performing sacred ordinances, we can find God and know that He lives. The Lord has revealed that “…my presence shall be there, for I will come into it, and all the pure in heart that shall come into it shall see God.”2 Additionally, in the ordinances of the priesthood we find the “power of godliness is manifest” 3 which allows us the opportunity to draw closer to God.
The greater light and knowledge we receive from the blessings of the temple will increase our ability to better discern between truth and error and will increase our ability to find God. President Boyd K. Packer encouraged us to go to the temple to clear our minds so that we can see more clearly. “At the temple the dust of distraction seems to settle out, the fog and the haze seem to lift, and we can ‘see’ things that we were not able to see before and find a way through our troubles that we had not previously known….Blessings there will not be limited to our temple service. We will be blessed in all of our affairs.”4
President Thomas S. Monson confirmed that attending the temple helps us with the challenges of our daily lives: "As you and I go to the holy houses of God, as we remember the covenants we make within, we will be more able to bear every trial and to overcome each temptation. In this sacred sanctuary we will find peace; we will be renewed and fortified."5
The blessings of temple attendance give us power to overcome our earthly trials and turn them into opportunities for blessing and preparing us for eternal life. Participating in temple ordinances and making covenants helps to sanctify both the living and the dead.
President Gordon B. Hinckley said, "Just as our Redeemer gave His life as a vicarious sacrifice for all men, and in so doing became our Savior, even so we, in a small measure, when we engage in proxy work in the temple, become as saviors to those on the other side who have no means of advancing unless something is done in their behalf by those on earth."6
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland shared this experience of the sacrifice of dedicated saints in South America who are determined to participate in temple worship: "The Punta Arenas Chile Stake is the Church's southernmost stake anywhere on this planet... For the Punta Arenas Saints it is a 4,200-mile round-trip bus ride to the Santiago temple. For a husband and wife it can take up to 20 percent of an annual local income just for the transportation alone. Only 50 people can be accommodated on the bus, but for every excursion 250 others come out to hold a brief service with them the morning of their departure . . . just to sing with, pray for, and cheer on their way those who [are] going to the temple."7
While not all experiences are so dramatic, each personal sacrifice to attend the temple will bring the promised blessings. ■
Caption: Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong
2 Doctrine and covenants 97:16.
3 See Doctrine and covenants 84:19-20.
4 Boyd K. Packer, “The Holy Temple,” Ensign, Oct. 2010, 35.
5 Thomas S. Monson, “The Holy Temple – a Beacon to the World,” Ensign, May 2011, 93.
6 Gordon B. Hinckley, “Closing Remarks,” Ensign, Nov. 2004, 105.
7 Jeffrey R. Holland, “Abide in Me,” Ensign, May 2004, 31.