It was an inexplicable feeling I had had the day I entered the two temples of the Lord in two separate places in our country.The Day That I Enter the Temple of the Lord
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or popularly known as Mormons. And we have a sacred covenant to follow to magnify our membership in the Church. As a member for 36 years, I had performed several ordinances like Baptism, Confirmation, Priesthood Ordinations, Blessings of the Sacrament, among others.
One of the ordinance which I couldn’t forget is performed inside the temple. As of now, we have two temples in the country. One is in Manila, the first temple built and dedicated for ordinances on temple marriage, endowment, and baptism for the dead. And the second is in Cebu which I attended the dedication and performed some ordinances there too.
What is a Temple?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is building a Temple of the Lord all over the world. As of this writing, there are 150 temples in operation, 16 are under construction, and 11 temples are announced for formal construction. That makes a total of 177 temples, the LDS are to operate for the sacred ordinances.
Modesty aside, the Prophet and the founder Joseph Smith said,
Therefore let the Saints be diligent in building the Temple, and all houses which they have been, or shall hereafter be, commanded of God to build; and wait their time with patience in all meekness, faith, perseverance unto the end.
The saints are referred to the members of the Church. We donate money and labor to the Church for the building of these temples. We are proud to be obedient to the commandment of God in building His temple everywhere.
It was sometime in September 1986 that I visited Manila Philippines Temple where I received my endowment together with my wife. It was inside this temple that we were sealed for time and eternity as husband and wife together with our 6 children.
It was a great privilege to see the Prophet of God in person who dedicated the Temple for sacred and holy ordinances. I never forget that uplifting spiritual experiences we had had in the temple.
Again my wife, my grandson Bryan, and I were able to visit Cebu Temple when it was dedicated by another Prophet and President of the Church, President Thomas S. Monson on June 13, 2010. My wife had a separate experience to share especially when she saw the Prophet of the Church for the first time.
Temple marriage of Gilbor Jr. and Ma. Carissa in Cu LDS Temple
Temple marriage is one of the most sacred ordinances performed inside the temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was able to personally witness these ordinances together with my wife. I was emotional when I saw my youngest son took a vow with his wife as his eternal partner.
We call this ordinance as the new and everlasting covenant of marriage. I said it was entered in by son, Gilbor Demabildo Camporazo, Jr. of La Carlota First Branch and Ma. Carissa Padios Trenuela of La Castellana Branch. They were married and sealed for time and eternity.
The Temple is the House of the Lord, that is, what we testify and that is true.
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