Monday, November 8, 2021

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President Ballard Dedicates Pocatello Idaho Temple

 Idaho’s newest temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been dedicated. President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided at the dedication of the Pocatello Idaho Temple in three sessions on Sunday, November 7, 2021.

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“A temple in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a place where sacred covenants and ordinances can be performed,” President Ballard said. “We’re building temples at a faster rate than ever before in the history of the Church.”

On a chilly Sunday morning, President Ballard conducted the cornerstone ceremony, which symbolizes the completion of the temple. He was joined by Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Kathy; Elder S. Gifford Nielsen, president of the North America Central Area; and Elder Gary B. Sabin, assistant executive director of the Temple Department, and his wife, Valerie.

More than 250,000 people of many faiths attended the public open house for the temple in September and October. 

Elder Andersen has ties to the Pocatello area. He spent much of his youth in the nearby town of Tyhee and attended schools in Pocatello.

“I had a beautiful childhood here from the time I was just about 4 or 5 until the time I left on my mission and came back, so it has great memories for me,” said Elder Andersen, who brought family members with him to see some of the places where he grew up. “I’m so happy to see it is a magnificent temple on the hill. It’s no small temple. And you can see it from almost everywhere in the valley.”

He continued, “The light of the gospel will shine on everyone and increase the love of God in this wonderful community.”

The 71,000-square-foot temple sits on the eastern foothills of Pocatello.

“It’s this large because we feel it needs to support that many people who want to come,” Elder Sabin said. “The first unit of the Church was established in 1888, so that’s a long wait.”

Youth Devotional

On Saturday evening, November 6, about 6,000 young men and young women and local Church leaders attended a devotional at a meetinghouse in Pocatello. It was also broadcast to four other chapels in the Pocatello Idaho Temple District.

“This part of the Church — Pocatello, Idaho — this is a center of raising up faithful missionaries that carry the gospel to the nations of the earth,” said President Ballard, who encouraged the youth to consider serving a mission.

“I bear witness and testimony to you that if you have an opportunity to serve a full-time mission for the Lord Jesus Christ, when the time comes and you’re old enough to qualify, you prayerfully consider that and step up,” emphasized the senior Church leader.

President Ballard expressed his confidence in the youth who attended the devotional. “I have such a great sense of confidence and peace as I look at your faces and know that the Church will be in good hands.”

“This temple is built for everyone here in Pocatello. But my focus really is the thoughts of how this temple is going to bless the rising generation,” said Elder Nielsen, who conducted the youth devotional.

“There is urgency in this work of gathering Israel, dear friends. And it’s up to us to invite those people who are lucky enough to cross our paths today,” he told the youth.

Elder Nielsen recalled when the temple property was covered with sagebrush. “My thoughts go directly to the young people who, in about 45 minutes, cleared the 11-acre parcel of ground to prepare for the building of this temple.”

The youth also helped plant 25,000 flowers to prepare the grounds for the temple open house.

Chayce Low, 17, of Bancroft, attended the youth devotional with his local congregation. Low said President Ballard’s call to future missionaries resonated with him.

“Actually, this is a big point of my life. A couple of weeks ago, I finally decided that I was going to go [on a mission], and it’s really cemented my decision,” he said. Young men go on missions when they turn 18 and women can serve at age 19.

Mckenna Young, 17, of Inkom, enjoyed being in the presence of the Church leaders. “What I take away is how much confidence the Lord has in me and in the youth and just how much they love us.”

The Pocatello Idaho Temple is the sixth temple in Idaho and the 170th operating temple in the Church. The Gem State’s other temples are in Boise, Idaho Falls, Meridian, Rexburg and Twin Falls. Two other temples have been announced in Burley and Rexburg North. More than 460,000 Latter-day Saints reside in Idaho.

The groundbreaking for the Pocatello Idaho Temple was held in the spring of 2019. The temple was announced in April 2017 by Church President Thomas S. Monson.

Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints differ from meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Each temple is considered a “house of the Lord,” where Jesus Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity.

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Love Your Enemies By President Dallin H. Oaks First Counselor in the First Presidency Knowing that we are all children of God gives us a vision of the worth of others and the ability to rise above prejudice. The Lord’s teachings are for eternity and for all of God’s children. In this message I will give some examples from the United States, but the principles I teach are applicable everywhere. We live in a time of anger and hatred in political relationships and policies. We felt it this summer when some went beyond peaceful protests and engaged in destructive behavior. We feel it in some current campaigns for public offices. Unfortunately, some of this has even spilled over into political statements and unkind references in our Church meetings. In a democratic government we will always have differences over proposed candidates and policies. However, as followers of Christ we must forgo the anger and hatred with which political choices are debated or denounced in many settings. The Sermon on the Mount Here is one of our Savior’s teachings, probably well known but rarely practiced: “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:43–44).1 For generations, Jews had been taught to hate their enemies, and they were then suffering under the domination and cruelties of Roman occupation. Yet Jesus taught them, “Love your enemies” and “do good to them that … despitefully use you.” Bring forth the record What revolutionary teachings for personal and political relationships! But that is still what our Savior commands. In the Book of Mormon we read, “For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another” (3 Nephi 11:29). Loving our enemies and our adversaries is not easy. “Most of us have not reached that stage of … love and forgiveness,” President Gordon B. Hinckley observed, adding, “It requires a self-discipline almost greater than we are capable of.”2 But it must be essential, for it is part of the Savior’s two great commandments to “love the Lord thy God” and to “love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:37, 39). And it must be possible, for He also taught, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find” (Matthew 7:7).3 How do we keep these divine commandments in a world where we are also subject to the laws of man? Fortunately, we have the Savior’s own example of how to balance His eternal laws with the practicalities of man-made laws. When adversaries sought to trap Him with a question about whether Jews should pay taxes to Rome, He pointed to the image of Caesar on their coins and declared, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s” (Luke 20:25).4 So, we are to follow the laws of men (render unto Caesar) to live peacefully under civil authority, and we follow the laws of God toward our eternal destination. But how do we do this—especially how do we learn to love our adversaries and our enemies? The Savior’s teaching not to “contend with anger” is a good first step. The devil is the father of contention, and it is he who tempts men to contend with anger. He promotes enmity and hateful relationships among individuals and within groups. President Thomas S. Monson taught that anger is “Satan’s tool,” for “to be angry is to yield to the influence of Satan. No one can make us angry. It is our choice.”5 Anger is the way to division and enmity. We move toward loving our adversaries when we avoid anger and hostility toward those with whom we disagree. It also helps if we are even willing to learn from them. The Book of Mormon - Another Testament of Jesus Christ Get your FREE copy πŸ‘‰http://bit.ly/MyBookofMormon πŸ™ Get your FREE copy of The New Proclamation to the World: “The Restoration of the Fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ” πŸ™πŸΌhttp://bit.ly/Restoration200 πŸ˜‡Come Unto Christ - Faith to Act - http://www.faithtoact.com


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