A Temple Under Construction
The spiritual prompting came like a “bright light.” Despite being nearly midnight, and despite having a different theme previously selected, Clark Gilbert put everything else out of his mind and spent the next two hours crafting a new introduction to his inaugural response, which was already in its ninth revision. The late night flurry was followed by another round of edits and revisions the following morning.“At BYU-Pathway Worldwide, we are constructing temples of learning — both in the lives of our students and in the organization that serves those students.”
Temples Under ConstructionTemples have long been a symbol of faithful Church members and a metaphor for the growth and development of the Church over time.
The lessons learned in Kirtland and again in Nauvoo proved to be a great blessing as the Saints moved west across the plains to the Salt Lake Valley, where they built up many more temples to the Lord.It was there in Utah where the bulk of the modern temple ceremony would be revealed to the apostle Wilford Woodruff while serving as the St. George temple president. There he watched firsthand as members participated in the temple ordinances, and as he did, received revelation upon revelation for what the Lord would have in the presentation of His endowment.
Temples of Learning
Just as the Saints and the Church received expanded instruction for the temple in their needed time and season, so too is
President Nelson’s Charge
Just as the gospel and temple ordinances transform us, so too do our temples of learning as we center our lives and education with His will. In highlighting this transformative power, President Russell M. Nelson shared the experiences of three individual students whose lives were transformed through PathwayConnect while emphasizing the importance of gathering and daily scripture study.“This very act of gathering in institutes and Church buildings dedicated to the Lord … allows the Holy Ghost to testify of all truth more easily.…
In a call to undertake this deep transformation for themselves, President Nelson also encouraged members of the Church around the world to seek learning in their lives.
“I encourage each person, regardless of age, to continue to learn. Pursue whatever path will be most valuable to you and your family. You will be blessed as you do this. You will grow academically, professionally, and spiritually as you seek to enhance your education.” Russell M. Nelson, Inaugural Remarks
Responses to the Inauguration:
This conversion and drive to learn was evident as students from around the world welcomed Clark Gilbert as the first president of BYU-Pathway in a video presented during the inauguration. In a simple and heartfelt way, the students reflected on the principles and lessons learned, which they had built into their own temples of learning. In the video, Merry McGuire, a
As he watched the video of students sharing their experiences in welcoming President Gilbert,
In an effort for even more individuals to be part of the inauguration, the event was streamed live to hundreds of PathwayConnect gathering locations for students across the world. Terry Barclay, a PathwayConnect student from Hartford, Connecticut, found strength and reassurance in President Gilbert’s inaugural response: “When President Gilbert spoke about building disciples of Jesus Christ, I thought of how we learn the gospel in our meetinghouses, but in PathwayConnect we learn how to really study the scriptures. My Heavenly Father has brought me here to get the teaching and education I need to be more self-reliant, to learn to teach, lead, and become the disciple that our Heavenly Father wants me to be.”
Tracey Prescott, a PathwayConnect student from Tongatapu, Tonga, shared her gratitude for BYU-Pathway as she reflected on President Nelson’s charge to pursue an education. “The call to action from President Nelson inspires me. I know that as we turn to Heavenly Father and trust Him fully, we will be able to accomplish our goals in life — even the ultimate goal of returning back to Heavenly Father with our families.”
ClosingBoth the temple and education work in concert to build students’ confidence and lead to the path of salvation. While BYU-Pathway Worldwide may not share a physical campus and a temple on a hill,
“I promise you that as you lean unto the Lord and seek the Holy Ghost in your life, you will be blessed in ways you can’t imagine.… We will seek ongoing guidance and counsel as this new temple of learning continues to take shape.… May we realize we are building temples of learning in our own lives and in the kingdom. I share my testimony and my love for the Savior Jesus Christ. I know this is His work. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.” Clark Gilbert, Inaugural Response
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