When my mother died I made a commitment to pray more, read my scriptures more and go to the temple more as a bargin with God to relieve my mother of her suffering from a brain tumor. This December my mother will have been gone 20 years. It is hard to believe it has been that long. Life is indeed short. In 2 years I will be as old as she was when she died. It seemed too young then and with the perspective of my present age I know she had a lot of things she still wanted to do. So many times I have needed her but the gift she gave me in her dying was the commitments I made which have changed my life and increased my spirituality beyond measure. I am not sure if I was going to the temple every week in the beginning but for at least 17 years I have gone weekly like elder Scott except I have a few years up on him. Committing to a day and time makes all the difference. I go on Friday afternoon. When I plan my week if I know Friday is out I will plan another day. I feel so blessed to have the freedom to go when I want and to have a temple so close. I am 35 minutes from leaving the house to a session. The blessings have been more than the effort.
Richard G. Scott: “Fourteen years ago I decided to attend the temple and complete an ordinance at least once a week. When I am traveling I make up the missed visits, in order to achieve that objective. I have kept that resolve and it has changed my life profoundly. I strive to participate in all the different ordinances available in the temple.
“I encourage you to establish your own goal of how frequently you will avail yourself of the ordinances offered in our operating temples. What is there that is more important than attending and participating in the ordinances of the temple? What activity could have a greater impact and provide more joy and profound happiness for a couple than worshipping in the temple together?” (April 2009 Conference)