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The last time the Washington D.C. Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was open to the public, a young law clerk was helping a U.S. district judge during the high-stakes trials and pressure-filled proceedings known as Watergate.

On Monday, 48 years later, that law clerk — now an Apostle of Jesus Christ — was leading 16 United States senators (themselves no strangers to pressure and stress) through the renovated house of the Lord in the nation’s capital.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to those government leaders of the peace and purpose he found in the temple during those difficult days.

“[I told them it] was a blessing to me to be able to come to this place, to this temple, and to reorient my perspective to things more profound, to things eternal, to the meaning of life,” Elder Christofferson said. “[I approached] everything that was going on in Washington at the time and in my work and service with the judge and all the rest, in the context of why we’re here and what it’s all about, what we need to emphasize in life, and what we can become despite all the turmoil or exigencies of the moment.”

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