I have been teaching Gospel Doctrine in our ward for six years now. This time. I’ve done two four-year stretches previously, plus a couple of years teaching the same lessons to 16-17-year-olds. So I’m pretty sure I have tenure and they can’t release me, which is good, because I really, really like teaching Gospel Doctrine. And one of the reasons I like it so much (aside from the fact that I have no extra meetings to attend, no one I’m particularly accountable to, and it’s easy to get a sub if I can’t be there) is that in the course of the lesson I often learn something new even though I’ve been at this for quite a while.

This happened to me Sunday. We were talking about the Salt Lake Temple and how the pioneers had worked on the foundation for several years and then buried it when Johnston’s Army came through, and then when they unearthed it later, they noticed cracks in the sandstone, and Brigham Young said they needed to build a temple to last through the Millennium, so they dug up that whole foundation and replaced it with granite. (Sorry. Long sentence. But sometimes when you’re cramming things into a nutshell, it doesn’t seem worth stopping to take a breath.)

Anyway, as we were talking about this, it hit me right between the eyes: “If you recognized cracks in the foundation of your own earthly temple, would you have the courage to dig the whole thing out and start over? Are you building a temple that will last through the Millennium?”

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