“ We ask thee, Holy Father, that thy servants may go forth from this house armed with thy power, and they name may be upon them, and thy glory be round about them, and thine angels have charge over them… that no weapon formed against them shall prosper…that no combination of wickedness shall have power to rise up and prevail over thy people upon whom thy name shall be put in this house…thou wilt fight for thy people…that they may be delivered from the hands of all their enemies. (DAC 109:22-28) For these reasons alone, I go to the temple as often as possible. These promises are part of the privileges that we can claim as God’s covenant people. And as a mother of 7 children, I want to get those blessings and bring them home.
I was sitting in Relief Society not too long ago and the song ‘Bring Him Home’ from Les Mis kept drifting through my mind-except that the words were changed a bit to ‘Bring It Home’. Those words reminded me anew that, as parents, we can literally cover our children with our covenants until they are old enough and mature enough to make their own covenants. We can ‘bring home’ this protection that seems to be quite sufficient to quell the enemy and supply deliverance.
Imagine your children armed with God’s power. Imagine your children in the company of angels. Imagine your children being protected from Satan’s most powerful weapons. Imagine your children being delivered from the enemy’s hands. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.’ (Ephesians 6:12) Remember Lehi’s mists of darkness? We’re living in them.
Now, I am not so naïve as to think that temple attendance is going to remove all of our problems and pave the way for an easy existence. But, the promises are quite clear and they are reiterated here: “…thou shalt give heed unto all his words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me…For by doing these things the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory. ‘ (DAC 21:4-6)
At the end of the day, I figure that temple worship is a pretty secure way to hedge my bets and add fortification to my family. Problems? We still have them. Serious problems? Yes. But, my children are learning to fight the enemy and with temple weapons and temple promises, I know who comes off victor.
-one of the Mothers of the Sons of Helaman