You may think that I’m kind of dumb, but I have to admit that there’s a connection between the temple and thanksgiving that I’ve never been mindful of.
Recently, I came across several scriptures that were about thanksgiving. As I was reading, I realized that they all had the temple (it’s construction especially) in common. Finally, I came across the following:
“12 Behold, this is the tithing and the sacrifice which I, the Lord, require at their hands, that there may be a house built unto me for the salvation of Zion—
13 For a place of thanksgiving for all saints, and for a place of instruction for all those who are called to the work of the ministry in all their several callings and offices;” – Doctrine and Covenants 97:12-13
In this scripture, Joseph Smith is being taught, directly by the Lord, that the temple is a place of thanksgiving for all saints.
Have you ever realized that before? I hadn’t. (And I’m not assuming that you haven’t just because I haven’t…) I loved that connection. I loved realizing that the temple is a sacred place that is for thanksgiving.
I also have realized that I’ve never gone to the temple for that specific purpose. I’ve gone to the temple to be directed, to be comforted, to be instructed. I’ve gone to the temple to receive, but never to give – and especially to give thanks to God.
It seems so obvious, that the temple would be a place of thanksgiving. We are receiving salvation and instruction. The Lord is blessing us with His power and priesthood. How else could we respond?
So…now…I’m going to be sure to go to the temple with a heart full of thanks.