Families are the central unit of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and God’s Plan of Happiness for us, His children. As a member of His restored Church, I believe that God is our loving Heavenly Father and that gospel principles are best taught and applied within the walls of the home. When a family is centered on the teachings of Jesus Christ, I have seen that mothers and fathers have an increased ability to raise their children in an environment of love and support.
那麼，耶穌基督後期聖徒教會的聖殿如何融入其中呢？好吧，在寺廟裡有兩個對家庭至關重要的特殊事件。成員參加的一項活動被稱為“為死者洗禮”。我們可以在新約中找到這種做法的證據。在哥林多前書 15:29 中，聖保羅教導說：“如果死人根本不復活，那為死人受洗的人該怎麼辦呢？為什麼他們要為死者受洗呢？”在聖殿內，成員有機會代表他們在不知道耶穌基督復興福音的情況下去世的祖先進行洗禮。此特殊活動僅在寺廟中進行。然而，這並不意味著這些已故的祖先有義務加入耶穌基督後期聖徒教會。我們相信所有人都有選擇權，或者說有能力為自己做出選擇。所有已經過世並在聖殿中為他們完成洗禮的人都可以接受或拒絕他們的洗禮是代表他們完成的。
Another important event that takes place in temples is something called “a sealing ordinance.” What does this mean exactly? Well, essentially it means that Latter-day Saints believe in eternal marriage. When a wife and husband are sealed in the temple they make a promise with God that will unite them and their family for all eternity, meaning after we die, as well. This is possible through God’s power and authority, or the priesthood, which was restored to the Earth through Joseph Smith, the first prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Through special promises to Heavenly Father, which I have learned more about through my own temple experiences, I have understood that I can be with my family in this life and stay with them forever in the next life.
Families were created so that we can learn more about and worship our Heavenly Father together in a safe space. Our families bless us here on Earth as we are able to grow our relationships and enjoy spending time together, however, these blessings can continue to expand as we perform sacred ordinances in the temple that will make our families eternal. How blessed my life has been because of the divine truth that families can be together forever!