Elder Bednar on Accessing Temple Blessings Even When You Can't Attend in Person

by | Apr. 21, 2020

The Church’s temples may have closed worldwide, but blessings are still available to Latter-day Saints everywhere, says Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

During a video conference call with Church News, the apostle spoke on how living worthily gives Church members access to the Spirit when they are not able to attend the temple.

“Obviously, the Spirit is not available only in the House of the Lord,” he said. “If we are honoring the covenants, then we can have that same Spirit with us always.”

Elder Bednar explained that it is important for Latter-day Saints to take the lessons they have learned from the temple and apply it within the home.

“In a season when we have temporarily suspended temple operations, it is a choice opportunity to invite the covenants and ordinances to pass through us,” he told Church News. “The lessons learned in our previous temple experiences are not recalled only when we are in the temple.”

Offering counsel to those waiting to receive living ordinances, Elder Bednar reaffirmed that the Lord “is aware of our circumstances.” He reminded those whose sealings had been affected of the power of prayer, spiritual preparation, and waiting upon the Lord.

Elder Bednar also encouraged Church members to hold a current temple recommend and spoke of how these circumstances present an opportunity to work on indexing and family history work.

“No unhallowed hand can stop this work from progressing, and no pandemic will stop this work from progressing either,” he said. “In the midst of all of the challenges we face now dealing with this virus, the work goes forward.”

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