S Michael Wilcox
a well loved LDS speaker and retired Institute of Religion teacher:
Notes from a speech from BYU education week: on Temples, Human divinity, etc.
-God shows people he has not forgotten them as they get their temple work done, for many have died living hard lives and thought he forgot them.
-Jesus Christ gave 5 loaves to 5 thousand people, all ate until filled. 12 baskets full of extra bread returned; this is pointing us to the TEMPLE; when you go to the temple you get all you want and always there is more.
-Mirrors in the temple face each other, and make it seem like the image goes on repeating forever; they symbolize the eternal welding link of ourselves to our posterity. Our influence does matter.
-Christ said he is one in the Father, and the Father is one in him. Refer to the temple mirrors, when you look forward, you see yourself repeated infinite times. When you look back, the same. WE RESEMBLE EACH OTHER. Baptism for each other is possible because of that! We are one.
-In the center of the endowment room in the temple there is an alter. On it there are scriptures, and those scriptures are held up into the air at times. This is a huge hint to us that the scriptures hold the answers to our questions! Learn of the symbols in the scriptures. There is much poetry in the scriptures!
-Ezekiel in the bible teaches of a temple with a river flowing out from underneath it which heals the dead sea, making it inhabitable by fishes once again. Making it drinkable water once again. The water from under the temple keeps rising, as Ezekiel says, until it’s so deep that we can’t even walk in it. This is symbolic. Water of the temples will bath and heal all the globe. In the temple, just like the example with having enough bread for all to eat, here again is the symbol that we can always get more and more from being inside the temple, more than we can handle. It will be a life time of learning in the temple.
-we are to stand in holy places, fight there, and hold our ground, not fearing.
-Isaiah refers to 3 places of refuge: 1. every dwelling in Zion (every home); 2. thine assemblies (every stake and it’s wards); 3 thy tabernacles (temple). A cloud and a fire covers them.
-When we can’t stand temptation, flee. God home, to a stake, or to the temple. Replenish. Then you’ll be able to survive the heat.
-Joseph Smith said if you want to lead a soul to salvation your mind must expand.
-A Seventy of the Church (a leader) said in his visit to many people with many questions, “Brethren, brethren. I’m here to help you catch a vision. The Spirit will train you.”
-When tempted to think less of others, look into their eyes and you’ll see the stamp of divinity, spark of divine sonship/daughtership. “I can see your father is God” you might say, or at least think.
-Moses 1, would be the first chapter of the bible were it not lost until Joseph Smith restored it in the volume of scripture called “The Pearl of Great Price”. This chapter is to show people the truth so they will be able to recognize that falsehood is such when they see it, having the truth aka the light to compare the darkness to. Teach your people to recognize what is and what is not truth. They will feel what is true.
-Answer to prayers at times withheld because we have not got a pocket to put the answer in (we need to stretch or to be carved to be able to carry more truth. The rough things we go through in this life at times serve to fill that purpose.! (from Elder Richard G. Scott recent General Conference addresses I will check on that)
-At times God waits to tell until we ask so it will mean more to us, and the Holy Ghost prompt’s us what to ask for at times. Try asking what to pray for.
-Elder Bruce R McConkie in “7 deadly heracies”, a BYU speech he gave you can find online, God has been building for 2.5 billion years. Such comes from W.W. Phelps.