Our theology begins with heavenly parents. Our highest aspiration is to be like them. Under the merciful plan of the Father, all of this is possible through the atonement of the Only Begotten of the Father, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As earthly parents we participate in the gospel plan by providing mortal bodies for the spirit children of God. The fulness of eternal salvation is a family matter.
It is the reality of these glorious possibilities that causes us to proclaim our message of restored Christianity to all people, even to good practicing Christians with other beliefs. This is why we build temples.
The purpose of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is to help all of the children of God understand their potential and achieve their highest destiny. This church exists to provide the sons and daughters of God with the means of entrance into and exaltation in the celestial kingdom. This is a family-centered church in doctrine and practices. Our understanding of the nature and purpose of God the Eternal Father explains our destiny and our relationship in his eternal family.
What must we do? The Savior tells us to do five things, and the first is very easy: "Therefore,  go ye unto your homes, and  ponder upon the things which I have said, and  ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and  prepare your minds for the morrow, and  I come unto you again." (3 Nephi 17:3.) If we do not understand all we see and hear in the temple, we must not be fearful, guilty, or apathetic. We must go home, ponder, pray, prepare, and then return.
The endowment you are so anxious about, you cannot comprehend now, nor could Gabriel explain it to the understanding of your dark minds; but strive to be prepared in your hearts, be faithful in all things, that when we meet in the solemn assembly...we must be clean every whit. Let us be faithful and silent, brethren, and if God gives you a manifestation, keep it to yourselves; be watchful and prayerful, and you shall have a prelude of those joys that God will pour out on that day. Do not watch for iniquity in each other, if you do you will not get an endowment, for God will not bestow it on such. But if we are faithful, and live by every word that proceeds forth from the mouth of God, I will venture to prophesy that we shall get a blessing that will be worth remembering
The true teaching in the temple is not group instruction. Each soul is invited to have his or her own personal tutor, that of the Spirit, who will tailor the symbols to specific needs and levels of maturity while inviting the active participation of each individual in the learning process.
"When you return [to the temple], come with an open, seeking, contrite heart, and allow the Spirit to teach you by revelation what the symbols can mean to you."
"It is evident that the work relating to temples bothers the adversary the most."
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