Recently the Boise Mormon Temple finished its renovations and opened itself up to the public for a month of tours. Last week, my husband and I took one of their tours. Everyone was greeted with a welcome brochure which explained the LDS temple and temple worship. It began, “For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the temple is the house of the Lord – the most sacred place on earth….. Because the temple is unique place, only the finest materials and craftsmanship are used in its construction.” With that build up, I was expecting a “Wow!” factor, but instead was met with something like the facades of buildings in the old west – a trying to make something look bigger and nicer than it really was. I have seen cathedrals, churches, state buildings, and even some people’s homes that were more remarkable. What did impress me, however, were all the obvious ceremonial rituals and traditions that took place within its walls. That was a little eerie.
Buildings are man-made, however, and upon reflection, what touched my heart the most throughout the tour, even from our arrival, was the amount of LDS volunteers and hosts there were at the temple that day, all dressed in black and smiling. Before even parking our car, we must have passed about 8 LDS smiling gentlemen acting as parking lot attendants. There were LDS people stationed all over directing you where to go to start your tour. Inside the stake house, there was an LDS person about every 10-15 feet or so directing or just standing – always with a smile. An elderly couple was assigned to give about 8 of us a tour. There were about 10 people seated directly outside the Temple waiting to put paper shoe covers on our shoes so as not to dirty the floors inside. Inside the Temple, again, there were numerous smiling LDS gentlemen and ladies standing around making sure the tours went smoothly. Everyone was very friendly but seemed a bit nervous if asked questions. As we left the temple, there were others waiting to take off our shoe coverings. What touched my heart was, oh my, all these LDS people – how can we ever reach them all – and this is just a small sampling! With the facades of their smiles, they are heading down the wide road towards damnation. How overwhelming it seems to reach them with the truth of the Bible, the truth about works’ righteousness, the truth about sin, the truth about God’s complete and total forgiveness! So many lost – so many deceived!
I asked God to show me a verse of encouragement and my amazing Savior did just that! My Bible readings and devotions recently have been on God’s sovereignty and while reading a little book on God’s promises, Galations 6:9 just popped out at me. Then turning on my computer today, I received my “Daily Bread” from Pastor Gabb – something I just subscribed to yesterday. Guess what the Bible verse was for today? That is right, Galations 6:9!!! So in closing here is that verse and a prayer from me.
“Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up.”
Dear awesome LORD, thank you so very much for your encouraging Word! Help us not grow tired of praying, of witnessing, of doing good. Do not let the devil discourage us in any way, shape, or form. May we live our lives in service to You, trusting in Your sovereign timing and sovereign ways. May we also trust that, at the right time, a crop will be gathered into Your kingdom. I believe, LORD; help me with my unbelief!