I loved your article Anne, as usual. Your keen sense of spiritual awareness is always refreshing! Being aware of those beyond the veil and accepting their help is not like praying intercession prayers to saints. These sweet temple saints do not stand between us and God, but are there to assist us when they can. Any of us would do the same given we were in their situation and able to help.
Keep up the good work Anne, and may God continue to bless you ,
I lost my sweet husband only a few months ago. Despite the deep pain, I felt drawn to renew my recently expired temple recommend only weeks after his death. It is clear to me that the temple is a place where our bond as husband and wife continues to be strengthened. Though there is great difficulty and ongoing pain associated with loss, I can be fortified not only to move through life without his physical presence, but to learn how to draw upon the blessing of his changed spiritual presence.
My husband and I were called as Set-apart workers a year ago. I was praying that my mom and grandmother were close by. They were both set-art workers many years ago and had passed away over 20 years ago. I could feel their spirits many times. One day I was assigned to be in the initiatory. I looked at the first patrons name and it said my grandmothers name, Agnes. I had had Her name many times previous. Tears always come to my eyes each time I see a given name of Agnes. The very next Paton came in and I looked at her name and to my amazement, her given name was Erna, the same as my mom's. Erna is not a common name at all. I choked up and was speechless. My mom and Grandmother's name remarkably at the same time that I was there to see their names. I like to believe that there are spirits who help those spirits go through for the first time, just like we have. President Monson said there aren't any coincidences.
This is not a temple experience, but I'm a firm believer of help from the spirit world. One time as I parked my car next to the apartment I lived in, someone attempted to car-jack me. As soon as he ordered me to give him my car keys, a gentle but undeniable prompting came on me. To make a long story short, the prompting told me - step by step - what I needed to do to keep my car without harm to my self. And that's exactly what happened. The next day I was wondering who had given me the promptings and did I know that person.
An answer immediately came to me. A brother-in-law of mine who had passed away a year or so earlier was the person.
I believe it...I believe all of it.
I have had many experiences in the temple that lifted my soul and that were miracles. Once while helping a good friend who was terminally ill to do ordinancework for his family members, we thought we were done (in the baptistry but he said “No, something is wrong.” He said he felt we had not done the work for one of his “names.” We checked and all the cards were completed (he had many.) He persisted and said he felt strongly something was wrong. The workers and our group looked all around the baptistry and after a significant search a card was found between a bench and a wall. We were all dressed and ready to leave but the workers kindly allowed one of us to dress in whites and to perform the baptism and then the confirmation. As we finished, my friend told me, with tears on his cheeks... “that was my grandfather. He was here.”
Thank you for this article. I learned a great deal. Your words have inspired me to go to the temple more and with heightened senses.
I was a little surprised by this article. I fail to see the difference between ˝praying˝ to our ancestors for help and other churches who pray regularly to Saints for help. We are told to pray only to God. I may be missing something here but this article is very disturbing to me.
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