"We went to the Temple this morning and it was amazing. I am amazed how we can feel the presents of the Lord there." I smiled to myself as I read her typo, "presents" of the Lord.
But upon further reflection, I realized that what she had written was true. When we go to the temple with an attitude of worship, reverence, and readiness, we may be privileged to feel the Lord's presence. But it is also true that the Lord's presents await us there. In the Lord's temples the gifts of family relationships that will last beyond the grave are available. The gifts of knowledge and understanding can also be opened in His holy temples. There too we find the gifts of comfort and inspiration, peace and calm, a chance to be unhurried in a world obsessed with rushing to and fro.
Unlike your birthday or Christmas gifts, these presents will not come to you automatically. Rather, you must actively prepare yourself to receive them. But then, what other presents can compare in their impact for good on your present--and your future?