For those of you not familiar with Mormons, we generally have two types of buildings where we go to worship. We have our meetinghouses where we go on Sundays to worship and even during the week for other activities and events. They range from large beautiful buildings to rooms rented over marijuana shops (yes it really was).
These buildings are open to anyone and everyone who would like to worship with us, and they are important to our worship and happiness. They are where the vast majority of our services take place and there are thousands all over the world.
The other buildings that we utilize for worshiping are temples. These buildings are much less common (only 157 currently operating in the world), and hold a more sacred place in our worship. They are the place where we go to be sealed together for eternity as well as perform ordinances for those who have already passed away.
If you would like to learn more about the differences please let me know and I would love to explain more. For the purposes of this post, those descriptions should suffice.
I had the opportunity to go to the temple here in Reno with my wife today and it was such a nice experience. It was a bit rushed getting there, and we almost didn’t make it, as is often the case when you try and do something you know to be right, but we did, and it was wonderful.
There is such an overwhelming peace that comes with going to the temple and being surrounded by the spirit. The busier my life gets the more important it is for me to take time for these spiritually rejuvenating events. It only took a couple of hours, but it gave me time to refocus myself on what is most important in life and where I need to be putting my effort.
While temples are special, it is vitally important for us to find other places where we can also find peace and comfort and to commune with God. Many prophets in the past would go into the mountains to find such places. While we don’t need to have the types of experiences like Moses did, it is important for us to find places where we can clear our mind and refresh ourselves spiritually, whether we are religious or not.
For most of my life the mountains were always that place for me. I could just sit up in the trees or around a fire and do nothing for hours. It was always an amazing way to clear my mind and refocus whatever was going on in my life.
Once I stopped living in the mountains, the beach became that place for me, and unfortunately as time went on I kind of stopped looking for those places. Thankfully, God has brought me back to the mountains where I can again go to find peace, like I did earlier this week when I went fishing.
Life is full of important stressful things that we need to do, but few things will reap more benefits than taking the time to be still, relax, and reset. We all need that on occasion, but it is often the first thing we give up when life gets busy.