Separated from the Temple

President Gary Park

We are sure most of you are aware that all temples in the world are temporarily closed. We have not been released from our calling, but have been sent home for a few months until we can return to Ghana. Along with you, we are praying that this health threat will be contained and life can return to normal. In the meantime, we are living in our son’s basement where we can be separate from his family. We are trying to be extra careful since Helen has asthma and would be at risk of complications from the virus. 

As you read this excerpt from the Salt Lake Temple Dedicatory prayer offered by President Woodruff, think of what is happening right now.

    “Heavenly Father, when thy people shall not have the opportunity of entering this holy house to offer their supplications unto thee, and they are oppressed and in trouble, surrounded by difficulties or assailed by temptation, and shall turn their faces towards this thy holy house and ask thee for deliverance, for help, for thy power to be extended in their behalf, we beseech thee to look down from thy holy habitation in mercy and tender compassion upon them, and listen to their cries.  Or when the children of thy people, in years to come, shall be separated, through any cause, from this place, and their hearts shall turn in remembrance of thy promises to this holy Temple, and they shall cry unto thee from the depths of their affliction and sorrow to extend relief and deliverance to them, we humbly entreat thee to turn thine ear in mercy to them; hearken to their cries, and grant unto them the blessings for which they ask.”  (Quoted in James Talmage, The House of the Lord, p170)

A friend sent us this quote and we wanted to share it with you. We have faith that all will be well in a few months’ time. Isn’t it wonderful that our prophet has such hope for the future? How can we not do the same? The Lord will bless each of us as we exercise our faith in Him.

The Parks, Gary and Helen, President and Matron of the Ghana, Accra Temple