Today, as I sat in the celestial room of the Phoenix Arizona Temple, I felt the sweet peace and strength of the Spirit of the Lord sweep through me. I sat with my husband and my three oldest children and participated in the second dedicatory session of this House of the Lord. The talks were wonderful, but when the choir sang I felt the windows of heaven were opened.
I thrilled to each note, and as we joined the choir in singing the powerful hymn, "The Spirit of God", I knew that the Lord had accepted this holy house. I knew that angels in heaven were rejoicing with us. I was reminded of my Heavenly Father's love for me, and I was reminded of my deep testimony of my Savior, Jesus Christ.
In preparation for this temple dedication, I spent some time this morning reading and pondering Sister Linda K. Burton's most recent General Conference talk, "Prepared in a Manner That Never Had Been Known." I loved how each of the talks in the General Women's Session were about covenants. Making and keeping covenants--sacred promises with our Father in Heaven--brings us spiritual strength. Making and keeping covenants helps to open the windows of heaven in our individual lives, so we can receive divine direction and heavenly healing.
Sister Burton references the parable of the ten virgins; she has us "consider this parable as a pattern for temple preparation." Reading her talk inspired me to renew my efforts to consistently add spiritual oil to my lamp of testimony. Being in the temple gave me a renewed desire to encourage my children to prepare themselves daily to make and keep sacred covenants.
I invite each of you to experience more fully the power of the Lord in your lives. Sister Burton states, "As we consistently and diligently add oil, drop by drop, to our spiritual lamps, doing these small and simple things, we can have our lamps 'trimmed and burning' with astonishing preparation." When we are consistent and diligent in living Christlike lives we become a light to others, shining examples in an ever-darkening world.
With our lamps burning brightly we are prepared to receive the blessings that will be poured out upon us. The temple is a sacred place where we are blessed with inspiration and endowed with power. Today I felt my light grow brighter as I united my faith with that of those around me. Today I was reminded of those blessings as I felt the windows of heaven open.
I echo Sister Burton's words, "May we prepare to worthily receive saving ordinances drop by drop and keep the associated covenants wholeheartedly." I promise that as we do so we will be armed with the Lord's power and we will be surrounded by His angels and His love.