Our discussion leader was a young sister, not married, but was anticipating a time when she would be married and would want to go to the temple.
We talked about how marriage is a vital part of God's plan and is ordained of God. We discussed why eternal marriage was essential for exaltation.
We read in the Doctrine and Covenants that an eternal marriage must be performed by one who holds the sealing power. The Lord promised, “If a man marry a wife by … the new and everlasting covenant … by him who is anointed, … and if [they] abide in [the Lord’s] covenant, … it … shall be of full force when they are out of the world” (D&C 132:19).
I was asked to share what I thought were the benefits of Eternal Marriage. I realized I was talking to six sisters who I was almost sure had not gone to the temple and had not received their endowments or been sealed as a family . I told them about the blessings that come to a husband and wife as they continually work together for that goal of eternal life - that we are entitled to His help in raising our families and solving our problems when we have covenanted with Him in the temple.
The next part of the discussion was "How do we prepare to go to the temple?"
As I listened to the sisters I realized they were struggling to come up with the steps to prepare for the temple. At that point I saw 'in my minds eye' the Personal Progress book from Young Women.
I remembered the beautiful picture of the temple on the front of the book and inside a picture of Christ overlayed with an outline of the temple.
Faith • Divine Nature
Individual Worth • Knowledge
Choice and Accountability
Good Works • Integrity
WE BELIEVE as we come to accept and act
upon these values, WE WILL BE PREPARED
to strengthen home and family,
make and keep sacred covenants, receive
the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy
the blessings of exaltation
I told the sisters that I had been invited by my granddaughter, Rachel, to participate in personal progress with her and her mother. I have been working on the values ever since I have been on a mission and I have learned a lot about myself and about my Father in Heaven
I encouraged them to get a personal progress book from the distribution center and work their way through the program and when they finished they would know they were ready to go to the temple.
What you can learn and gain from participating in personal progress.You can increase your faith in and testimony of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
You can remain worthy by obeying the commandments and living the standards of the church.
You can come to recognize and act upon the promptings of the Holy Ghost.
You can prepare now to be a better wife, mother, homemaker, and leader.
You can keep your baptismal covenants and be worthy to make and keep sacred temple covenants.
Thank you Rachel for inviting me to participate in Personal Progress. What a wonderful way to prepare yourself to go to the temple. Any women whether she was a member of the church or not should be striving for those values listed in the YW theme.
What would the world be like if every woman strived to have Faith, a Divine Nature, if she knew her Individual Worth, if she strived to continually gain Knowledge, if she would try to make good Choices and was Accountable for her actions, if she was continually doing Good Works, if in all things she showed great Integrity and if she truly understood what is 'a woman of virtue'.
I love the church and the opportunity for personal growth that it affords me as I have participated in all the wonderfully inspired programs. I often wonder who would I be if I wasn't a member of the true church of Jesus Christ. I am grateful for a husband who accepts his role as leader of our family, who honors His priesthood, who loves me and will continue for all eternity.
I have come to realize something about myself: I am centered in the gospel. . . it defines me . . .it is who I am.
Young Women Personal Progress Program