Top 10 Ways to Spiritually Prepare to Enter LDS Temples

These Suggestions Can Also Help You Prepare Both Mentally and Emotionally!

Active Latter-day Saints (Mormon) may attend LDS temples by meeting certain requirements and having worthiness interviews with members of the Bishopric and Stake Presidency. Once this initial permission is granted, members can enter the temple when they choose.

Before entering temples we should spiritually prepare ourselves so that we are ready to receive additional understanding and enlightenment. Our worldly issues should be mentally set aside as we prepare to do spiritual work and focus on eternal things.

Here is a list of ten ways we can better prepare ourselves to be spiritually ready to enter LDS temples.

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Panama City, Panama LDS Temple
Panama City Panama Temple. Photo courtesy of © 2012 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Prayer is one of the best ways we can spiritually prepare ourselves for the temple experience.

Pray for help to be prepared to enter the LDS temple during the week before you go, as well as on the actual day of your visit.

Pray for specific things you wish to learn, feel, and understand as you visit the House of the Lord.

While in the temple, you can pray for those whose names you will place on the temple prayer roll. Make your prayers specific and continue to pray both during and after your visit.

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Apia, Samoa LDS Temple
Apia Samoa Temple. Photo courtesy of © 2013 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Choosing to fast before entering LDS temples helps us to be more in tune with the Holy Ghost. Personal revelation, answers to prayers and the peace of the Spirit come more easily when we fast, especially when we fast with a purpose.

Choose one or two very specific needs, for yourself or others, that you wish to fast about. To help dedicate your fast to the Lord open and close it with prayer. Focus on the things you are fasting for during the entire day of your visit to the LDS temple.

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Study Scriptures

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada LDS Temple
Edmonton Alberta Canada Temple. Photo courtesy of © 2012 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Studying the scriptures and church material is an important way to spiritually prepare ourselves.

Before you go to the temple, study a specific topic; such as charity, families, the creation, or how to feel the Spirit. Memorize a verse or two and ponder on it before, during and after you visit the LDS temple.

You should study scriptures daily, but it is even more crucial before you attend the temple. Set scripture study goals and stick to them.

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Sing or Listen to Hymns

Madrid, Spain LDS Temple
Madrid Spain LDS Temple. Photo courtesy of © 2012 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Music is a key element to opening our hearts and minds to feel the Spirit.

During the week, and especially on the day you plan to attend the LDS temple, sing or listen to church hymns, instrumental music, or other uplifting songs of praise.

Listen to the music as you do other things during the day (such as in a car, at work, or while at home) and then continue to listen after you have left the temple.

Listening to inappropriate music will drive away the Spirit, so choose good music the entire day!

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Read Your Patriarchal Blessing

San Diego California LDS Temple
San Diego California Temple. Photo courtesy of the Mormon Newsroom © All rights reserved.

Reading over our patriarchal blessings helps us remember the blessings and counsel we have been given.

During the day of your temple visit ponder on those things in your patriarchal blessing that you need to work on or that you would like to understand better. Remember to pray about it too.

If you do not have a patriarchal blessing, make a goal that will help prepare you to receive it.

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Think and Say Only Positive Things

Kyiv Ukraine LDS Temple
Kyiv Ukraine Temple. Photo courtesy of © 2012 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Positive thoughts and words can greatly support our spiritual preparation, especially when they replace negative ones.

Only think or say those things that are kind and uplifting. When negative thoughts come to your mind, change them so they become good and positive.

During the week before and on the day of your LDS temple trip choose to only think and say those things the Lord would approve of.

Pray for help to achieve this goal as well as to remember it during times of conflict or contention.

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Count Your Blessings

Brisbane Australia LDS Temple
Brisbane Australia Temple. Photo courtesy of the Mormon Newsroom © All rights reserved.

Counting our blessings helps us remember the numerous things we have been so generously blessed with. Feelings of gratitude help us open up to the Spirit.

Write on a piece of paper 100 things you are thankful for. If you find it easy, write another 100. Place your list where you can often read and add to it, such as in your journal, scriptures, or on the refrigerator.

On the day you go focus on those blessings that come from regular LDS temple attendance. Make a goal to attend more often.

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Share Your Testimony

Aba Nigeria LDS Temple
Aba Nigeria Temple. Photo courtesy of © 2013 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

When we share our testimonies with others, the Spirit confirms it to those whose hearts are open.

Share your testimony about the importance of LDS temples with a nonmember or a young child. Tell them why you are going and what you feel there. If you are going for the first time, ask a friend, family member, leader, or home/visiting teacher to share their testimony with you.

Sharing spiritual experiences related to LDS temple work is also a great way to become more spiritually prepared to go.

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Review Your Covenants & Research Your Family History

Curitiba Brazil LDS Temple
Curitiba Brazil Temple. Photo courtesy of Mormon Newsroom © All rights reserved.

Remembering our baptismal covenants, and endowments, for those who have received them, will help us to be more spiritually prepared to enter LDS temples.

Researching our family history will quickly invite the spirit into our hearts, as we help our ancestors receive their covenants.

If you do not know how to do family history, talk with someone in your ward who does family history or visit the official LDS web site, Family Search. You can also begin by writing your own family history or a journal entry.

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Wear Sunday Attire

Cebu City Philippines LDS Temple
Cebu City Philippines Temple. Photo courtesy of © All rights reserved.

Wearing modest clothes that are appropriate on Sundays is a wonderful way to help us focus on our spiritual preparation. Wear church attire on the day you plan to attend the LDS temple.

This will help you remember that you will soon be entering the House of the Lord. It also creates the perfect opportunity to do missionary work, if people ask why you are dressed up.

Continuing to wear your church clothing after leaving will help you maintain the spirit of LDS temple attendance.

Updated by Krista Cook.