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Flanked by fences, cranes and other construction equipment, Sister Michelle Craig of the Young Women general presidency recorded a devotional address to students of BYU-Pathway Worldwide from the grounds of Temple Square.

“The scene behind me looks much different than it did just one year ago,” Sister Craig said in her remarks broadcast to the students of the Church’s online university on Tuesday, Oct. 20. “Extensive renovations are being made to the Salt Lake Temple to shore up the foundation.”

That process can be time consuming, expensive and messy. “Do you ever feel like your life is a bit like this?” Sister Craig asked. “You want to be the very best possible version of yourself and that renovation process can be messy as well.”

Sister Craig said she sees Temple Square nearly every day and shared five lessons she has learned from witnessing firsthand the reconstruction process of the Salt Lake Temple.

Lesson #1: Much of revelation is not about the “what,” but about the “when.”

Sister Craig said she heard Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles teach that the Church knew for a long time of the need to bring the temple up to modern building codes, but the time was not right. Technology, equipment and the right team were not yet available. 

“Now they are, and look what is happening,” Sister Craig said. 

Similarly, individuals might feel something needs to happen in their own lives. “Trust the Lord and His timing,” the Young Women leader told listeners. “He knows the end from the beginning. He knows what and who we need now and what and who we will need tomorrow. If we trust Him, He will get us up to code to last for the eternities.”

Lesson #2: Worthwhile endeavors take much time and much effort. 

It took the pioneers 40 years to build the Salt Lake Temple, and they experienced many setbacks in a process that was slow and grueling. “What if those pioneers had given up?” Sister Craig asked. “What if they said, ‘This is just too hard’ and quit?” 

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