Posts Tagged ‘Temple work’

Temple Work Goes Both Ways (or) Ministering Angels Minister To Earth Angels: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

July 22, 2015

They minister to/
us, because we minister/
to them: A fair trade.

Find Temple Time: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

July 8, 2015

It’s not always fun, /
But it’s always rewarding./
That’s why it’s called “work”.
That’s why it’s “service”.

Small Miracles Pieced Together: Revolutionary Blogging Free Verse

April 1, 2015

If you research and think of/
how the Nordlanders kept records/
in Stave churches/
as they island hopped;/

How Asbjorn/
had the idea/
to put the Boks together/
the year before I landed;

How my friend’s dad/
knew right where/
Grandpa’s tiny nativity village was /
‘cuz he’d skied there;

How a young pastor/
debarked the ferry/
the same second I did/
after 2 years in the Holy Land;

How his elementary teacher/
bought the same house/
my great-grandmother’s sister owned/
and knew all my relatives;

How those aged Norsk cousins spoke/
such a strong, ancient Dialekt/
that I, Schwyzer-Duetsch schwetzen,/
could understand them/
(and they, Kojak and Rockford TV taught/
got American me, from the heart, baby!)

How much we got done, laughing,/
sharing information and old photos,/
in 2 short Norwegian November days,/
knowing it was a tongue gift;

How those Lind books landed/
in the hands of someone typing/
80 words per minute/
10 miles from a Temple;

How they held me up, /
typing until 2 a.m.,/
and woke me at 4:30 a.m., /
to do their work;

How, when the machine was broken/
and the records lost,/
the data was saved, protected,/
rediscovered and decoded;

If you think about/
and comprehend how all that,/
and more, happened,/
then you’ll know how and why/
those old fiskers/
never let me rest/
until they were,/
and are,
and bound,/

Stamsvik Nordfold Norway family farm overlooking the North Sea

Restful Work: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

May 3, 2014

As they go up and/
serve in His holy house, they/
shall find peace and rest.
they shall rest and find peace.

Going Alone To The Temple: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

May 3, 2014

Oquirrh Mountain LDS Temple at dawnThey shall come and serve/
Him and His people in His/
holy mount, in peace.

Dancing With Ancestors: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

April 5, 2014

I asked how I could/
serve. God’s servant revealed: Fill/
Malachi’s promise.

I Love To See The Temple – Part 2: Revolutionary Improv Primary Song Redo

February 15, 2014

I love to see the TempleI love to see the Temple./
I’m going back some day./
I used to love to go there/
but then I lost my way./

But the Temple is a holy place/
that I will not defile./
I’ll go back there when I am clean,/
*though it may take a while!
*it’s taken quite a while!
If you want to hear me sing the song (in improv format) as it happened, go to this link on YouTube

My Discourse On Temple Worthiness, Temple Work, And Family History/Genealogy: Revolutionary Email Prose

December 5, 2013

A woman I was interested in dating said she wouldn’t date me because I didn’t have a current LDS Temple Recommend. I gave her my thoughts on Temple Work and Genealogy, perhaps as a way to convince her that I was a “good man”. I respect her right to set those guidelines, but I copied it here because it’s a good overview of what I believe.

If you ever find a man more committed to Temple work and Temple service than I am, let me know.
You want to go on a date to the Temple? I’ll go on a baptism date with you in 8 months. You want to do something before then? I’ll help you get your own names ready for the Temple this week. There are single (and married) people throughout the Church, and especially here in Utah, as I’ve discovered, who go to the Temple when they are not worthy. I stay out of the Temple when I’m in that “condition”,because I will not defile it. And when I get back “in”, when I am again worthy … try to keep up with me.
I think I take a broader view of what “Temple work” is. When I was the Family History Center Director in Seattle/Kirkland, I used to teach people: “Two hours doing your family history research to get names ready to go to the Temple is just as much Temple work as going to the Temple and doing ordinances is.”
I’ve always viewed both attending the Temple AND Family History work as a way to “bear your testimony” to people on the other side that YOU know the work you’re doing is true, that the Gospel has been restored, and that the Priesthood has been restored and is active and powerful. Let me ask you this question: Ole Kristian Karlsen died in 1910, a non-member who has never heard of the Gospel. He is taught the Gospel in Spirit Prison. Who bears a stronger testimony to Ole? The person who drives up to the Temple, gets ready for a session, and gets Ole’s name handed to him on the way to the chapel, so he takes Ole through a session? Or the person who does the research, finds Ole’s name (along with his family), inputs Ole’s data, prepares Ole and his family’s name(s) for the Temple, and then hands off those names to someone who is worthy to go into the Temple. Which one is considered a “Savior on Mount Zion” for Ole and his family?
I will get back to the Temple as soon as I can, as soon as I am allowed. After a person is rebaptized, it takes a year until they can get their blessings restored. If I meet a woman I want to date, some day I will not have to wait a year to go with her to the Temple, even on a date. But today, I do. It’s your choice what you want to do.
Thanks for asking me about this. It’s given me some great insight into how I think about the Temple, as well as how I think about Family History work.
About a decade ago I game a similar talk in Sacrament Meeting about Family History work, and why I would go to the Temple on my lunch hour, rush in, do a session or other temple service, then rush out and be back to work in under 2 hours. I talked about how I felt like it needed to be “rushed”, about how when we take our own names in, it is a better experience, and how Family History is Temple work. Afterwards, a couple who had just returned from being the Swiss Temple president/matron, and who were leaving in two weeks to be the Chile Temple President/Matron, came up to me and said “That is true doctrine, and we’ve never heard it put like that. May we have a copy of the talk so we can translate it into Spanish and use it to encourage the Saints in Chile.”
And that is a brief overview of my thoughts about Temple work and family history/genealogy.