I love to see the temple. It is a place where I can feel peace, joy, and comfort. A couple of years ago, some of my friends and I were able to go on a trip where we visited every single LDS temple in Utah in one week. This was a truly amazing experience for all of us. Each day we would typically attend 3 temples. During this week I felt so much happiness and I didn’t want that feeling to leave me. That experience left a very definite impact on my life. It helped me to grow a love for the temple and a desire to attend as often as I can. With those same friends, we attend the temple almost every week. I encourage you to visit the temple as often as you can because it really is a special place.
The experiences had in the temple are unique and you will feel the spirit. I know firsthand that the temple can bring you peace even if you are feeling down. One day I was having a very hard time forgiving someone who I was upset with so I decided to go to the temple. I was so blessed for making that decision. After I left, I had such a feeling of peace that I forgave them right away.
Recently, I was asked to be a part of a committee to be in charge of the celebration of reopening the Jordan River Temple. A lot of planning and work have gone into this and it is very exciting. Sixty days prior to the opening, there will be many activities planned for all youth to attend whether they are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or not. One of the most exciting activities to me is going to be a tour of the temple. In this, all youth are invited to attend, and bring friends, to experience the comfort inside.
The temple is an inviting place and I know that you will feel how special it is if you go. I know all those who worthily hold temple recommends are so blessed. I know that if we all live worthy to enter the temple we will be more joyful and experience true happiness.